Just ahead of the country’s Independence Day, Bali Police unfurled one long Indonesian “Merah Putih” (red and white) flag on Monday, stretching 400 meters across Bali’s beautiful Pandawa Beach.
This year’s ‘Hari Kemerdekaan’, falling on Thursday (Aug. 17), marks the country’s 72nd year of independence from the Dutch
The flag banner was set up at Pandawa Beach as a combined effort from Bali Police’s mobile brigade, Sabhara public order unit, Search and Rescue, Mapala (university outdoor club), and BPBD (the regional disaster mitigation agency).
According to the senior manager of the Indonesian World Records Museum (MURI), Awan Rahargo, Monday’s super-long flag was the longest of its kind in Indonesian history and in the world—though we’re not sure who else in the world would have the ambition to make such a grand display of Indonesian nationalism.
“MURI has recorded this as the longest Merah Putih cloth, mounted on a cliff. And this is the first time it’s been mounted on a cliff like this, 400 meters, with a width of four meters. This is not only the longest in Indonesia, but MURI confirms that it’s a world record as well,” Awan said, as quoted by VIVA News.
The previous MURI record-holder was 300 meters long, but mounted around a building, says Awan.
This is a bit shaky, but the flag being physically lowered by rappeling climbers was even posted to Instagram:
If you’re a buff, check out two cars from the 1940s, once belonging to Indonesia’s very first president, Soekarno, on display this week.