Tours to Aceh are not complete without visiting the Kilometer Zero Monument located in Iboih Ujong Ba'u Village, Sukakarya District, Sabang. This monument is a historical tourist attraction that is a geographical marker of the western side of Indonesia.
Zero Kilometer monument has a height of about 43.6 meters above sea level and the body of this monument is painted white. The top of the monument is narrowed as in the drill bit, and at the top of the monument there is an eagle statue holding a shield that forms a zero.
This monument has four supporting pillars which have meaning as symbols of the boundaries of the State of Indonesia, namely Sabang to Merauke and Miagas to Rote. In the monument there is also a form of rencong, which is a unique weapon in Aceh and a symbol of the struggle of the people of Aceh in liberating Indonesia.
Surrounded by Beautiful Sabang
Panorama Zero Kilometer Monument was inaugurated by Try Sutrisno on September 9, 1997 who at that time served as Vice President of Indonesia. The inauguration inscription was still installed on the ground floor of the monument, right facing a concrete strip 50 cm in diameter right in the middle of the room. On the second floor of the monument there are two other inscriptions mounted on a concrete box-shaped, which shows the method of measuring the zero-point geographic coordinates by experts of the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT).
Technically, the coordinates of Indonesia's burning point are actually on Rondo Island. However, because Rondo Island is empty and more difficult to access, a monument to the Indonesian burned point was built on the north side of Sabang Island and the area around the Zero Kilometer Monument is included in the Sabang tourist forest area.
The Kilometer Zero Monument is about five kilometers from Iboih Beach which is very popular with tourists. The journey to this monument crosses uphill and winding paths, which can be taken about 10-15 minutes from Iboih Beach. Along the way, you can find wild animals such as snakes, monkeys, dogs and wild pigs that are still free to roam there.