Sunko is a traditional coal mine which is located around Sawarna in West Java, Indonesia. This coal mine is actually a mine that was left by Romusha in Japanese colonial era. Witnessing the way it operates traditionally and the spirit shown by the workers is an unforgettable experience for me.
As I mentioned above that it is a traditional mine, so it operates traditionally, literally indeed. I saw no operated machines there. All the works were done by men power and wood equipments. The heavy works of this mine starts from 10 in the morning until 11 at night, everyday. Sometimes they change their shifts but sometimes they don’t.
Besides being operated traditionally (that really wonders me a lot), reaching up this place is quite a challenge. It is not easy to reach this location. Only big trucks and motor cross are able to pass through the winding mud road to the top of the hill. It’s hard but it’s the only access to go to the coal mine. Because of this, the workers have told me that the ...
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