National Geographic : 1955 Sep
356 Crew Members Paint the Hull of an Indonesian Freighter at Tanjung Periuk, Java Coat of arms of the new nation, the eaglelike, mythical garuda rides the bow like a figurehead. Eight feathers in the tail, 17 in the wings stand for August 17, 1945, when Indonesia declared its independence. Crowded Tanjung Periuk is Djakarta's booming modern harbor, soon to be enlarged even further. be taken over by squatters the government feels reluctant to evict. To meet the emergency, new, well-planned housing projects like Kebajoran, a suburb of some 7,500 buildings, have been built, and more are on the drawing boards (page 376). Rice Terraces Clothe Java Hills From Djakarta eastward to Surabaja our plane traced a course between Java's volcanic spine and the sea. Arrowheaded fish weirs shot out from the muddy shore into the green depths. On the plain beneath, a jigsaw puz- zle of glittering paddies surrounded the inter mittent tree-girdled kampongs, and against the foothills we could see the rice terraces begin their patient climb. Surabaja, as we circled over it, seemed another Djakarta but a shade more languid. Originally built, too, around an old trading port, it has spilled over its barriers and spread upriver along the Mas in a maze of red roofed houses. Beside its intersecting canals sleepy gray carabaos, with rubber shoes tied to their hoofs with wisps of straw, plod serenely before carts with six-foot wheels.