Truth is stranger than fiction ~ Mark Twain
Well I’ll be damned: a bamboo replica of the Eiffel Tower!
Whilst not quite as grand as Central Java’s world famous religious temples Borobudur or Prambanan, this Indonesian version of the Eiffel Tower is still very impressive in my opinion and, reaching an impressive height of 40-50 feet, must have taken quite an effort to construct. As was so often the way in the old colonial days, the tower was built in honor of someone: in this particular case for the coronation of Princess Wilhelmina who took the throne of the Netherlands at the spritely young age of 10 in 1898.
So where was the tower built? In Tasikmalaya of all places – a pretty much nondescript town in West Java not known for too much really except its large number of pesantren (Islamic religious schools) and umbrella making industry.
Quite what the locals made of it is anyone’s guess of course (bamboo isn't as durable as iron!), but I’m sure if they had smartphones at the time they would have been lining up to take the ubiquitous selfie!