Indonesia Launches ‘Whoosh,’ Southeast Asia’s First High-Speed Railway

Indonesian President, Joko Widodo, inaugurated Southeast Asia's first high-speed railway, known as "Whoosh". The railway is mainly funded by China and is part of the Belt and Road Initiative. The rail link will notably reduce travel time between two important cities - Jakarta and Bandung. Built by PT Kereta Cepat Indonesia-China (PT KCIC), the railway's construction demonstrates a commitment to environmental sustainability and a significant advancement in Indonesian infrastructure development. However, it took more time and resources to complete due to unforeseen challenges such as land acquisition disputes, environmental concerns, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Eventually, this railway will be part of a larger network across four Indonesian provinces.


  1. Understand the concept of high-speed railways and their benefits in terms of travel time reduction, regional connectivity, and economic growth.
  2. Note the importance of the collaborative efforts of PT KCIC in realizing this project.
  3. Acknowledge China's role in funding the initiative.
  4. Explore the challenges faced during the project like land acquisition disputes, environmental concerns, and pandemic interruptions.
  5. Apprehend the increased expenses for the development and maintenance of such projects.
  6. Understand the "Whoosh" intentions on environmental sustainability through using electric energy.
  7. Recognize Indonesia's vision for a larger high-speed train network.