PETA Monument in Blitar City, East Java Province
Blitar City comes with several interesting vacation spots, especially highlands. However, the region has many monuments too! One of them is located in Bendogerit Village at Sananwetan Sub-District. The name is PETA Monument and it was built in order to commemorate a historical event during the rebellion of PETA army against the Japanese. The leader was Soedanco Soepriyadi back then. For the locals, the monument indeed represents the spirit of those fighters. As for tourists, it becomes an interesting spot for photography and learning history. The exact location is at Sudanco Supriyadi Street, actually.
After arriving at the location, tourists may see a clean place with peaceful nuance. The monument has a nice environment for relaxation, after all, featuring many tall coconut trees. Here is the description. The monument features 7 local hero figures. The leader is located in the midst, which represents Soedanco Soepriyadi. This one raises one of his hands to show the fighting spirit. Other statues carry a weapon either a rifle or sword, actually. These statues reside on a simple foundation and are worth a photo shoot!
Exploring PETA Monument
The most common reason for visiting PETA Monument is to learn the history and purpose. As mentioned earlier, the local government decided to build the monument to recall PETA soldiers’ merit during the fight against the Nippon army. The fact is the monument was built on the site where PETA base resided back then. For further information regarding the site, though, tourists should hire a local guide or ask the locals who live in that area. Thus, carrying enough money to pay the service becomes a must.
It is true most tourists are interested in the history of PETA Monument. However, people also come to the site for other reasons. For example, they want to conduct photography. These people simply take photos of the monument and statues during the visit. They also take selfies in front of it. Later, they would post the photos on their social media accounts! This, somehow, helps to promote and bring more tourists to the site. Thanks to the exposure.
There are some considerations that all tourists should know when visiting PETA Monument. First, they must not litter or harm the site. Another important tip is related to nearby attractive vacation spots. After exploring the PETA Monument, it is recommended to reach another famous place called Trisula Monument. No one should miss this opportunity, for sure!
- Bung Karno Monument
- Kampoeng Cyber
- Istana Gebang Blitar
How to Get There
Tourists’ prime destination would be Blitar City. For those coming from Surabaya City, in this case, the trip would take around 3 hours and 30 minutes. It is because the distance is 155 km. As for the best route, it is recommended to take Surabaya – Mojokerto Highway. Later, once tourists arrive at Blitar City, the next destination is Bondogerit Village where the monument resides. It can be done through Anjasmoro and Nasional III Street. For the information, the distance is 2 km, so the trip takes approximately 5 minutes.
Where to Stay
- Herlingga Jaya Hotel
- Retno 1 Hotel
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