A Blast to the Past at Kota Tua (Old City) Jakarta – Part 1

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A Blast to the Past at Kota Tua (Old City) Jakarta – Part 1
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Today, Jendral Sudirman Street is the heart of Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia. How about 4 centuries ago? Venus, Jennifer and Angel walked me to the past of Jakarta, to Kota Tua (The Old City).

In the 16th century, Kota Tua was the center of Batavia (former name of Jakarta during Dutch colonial), under the reign of Jan Pieterzoon Coen (Governer of VOC). It’s located at the North Jakarta. Nowadays, we can reach this spot with Busway ride (Trans Jakarta), which cost you only IDR 3,500 (about US$ 0.4) to reach this place, from any busway terminal in Jakarta *super duper cheap!*

Museum Mandiri, Kota Tua - Old City, Jakarta - Batavia

There are a lot of ancient Dutch buildings around Kota Tua. We can have a blast to the past just in one day. Fatahillah square (Taman Fatahillah) is the center attraction of Kota Tua. But on our walk to the square, we pass several building such as Museum Bank Indonesia and Museum Mandiri. European Dutch and Chinese finishing dominates the architecture.

Kota Tua - Old City, Jakarta - Batavia

Kota Tua is a little heaven for a photographer like me. There are so many interesting objects. My friend told me that this place is quite common to be used for pre-wedding photo session.

Mercedez Benz Batman, Kota Tua - Old City, Jakarta - Batavia

This is an opportunity for some people. They provide antique property for photo session. This old good Mercedez Benz – for example, is available to be rented.

Kota Tua - Old City, Jakarta - Batavia

Around this complex, we’ll see a lot of concrete balls. These balls are used to separate some area around the Fatahillah square.But.. Sometimes it is used by the tired visitor to have a sit. Uh please don’t ever think to bring it to your living room!! :))

Sepeda Taman Fatahillah, Kota Tua - Old City, Jakarta

Dozens of antique bicycle are available to be rented. It will cost you IDR 30,000 (about US$ 3.5) to have short tour with this bike to 5 tourism places around Kota Tua (including Port of Sunda Kelapa and The Fish Market -Pasar Ikan). Too expensive? Don’t hesitate to bargain.

Museum Wayang, Kota Tua - Old City, Jakarta - Batavia

Around Fatahillah Square, we can see Museum Sejarah Jakarta (Jakarta Historical Museum, commonly named as Museum Fatahillah), Museum Wayang (Puppet Museum, formerly a Dutch Church), Museum Keramik (Porcelain Museum), Kantor Pos (The Post Office) and Café Batavia. Can you imagine? All of those museums side by side in one square.

Taman Fatahillah, Kota Tua - Old City, Jakarta

I know it’s too long (and exhausting) to write down the whole journey in one article. So, on the next part of this Kota Tua series I will jot down my journey inside Museum Fatahillah.

Museum Fatahillah, Kota Tua - Old City, Jakarta

As a summary, Museum Fatahillah was the City Hall in the 16th century, when Batavia (now Jakarta) was still under the Dutch colonial. Do you wanna see the inside? Don’t miss my next article fellas.. :)

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30 Comments
  • angel
    January 29, 2010

    Sip deh udah di posting ^^

  • wening
    January 29, 2010

    beneran jadi pengen ke sana lagi!!

    eh, Ko… ada sate padang enak lho di sana.. depannya museum wayang kalu gak salah.. per porsi harganya 12rb.. mantep dah pokoknya!!;)

  • Vivian I.
    January 29, 2010

    Sip Koko Jie, kita tunggu info ttg insidenya, harus ke sana nih ntar kalo ke Jkt, aku penasaran trutama msm wayang n porselen.

  • veny
    January 29, 2010

    wowwww udah tayang .. keren22 he22
    laen kali kita hunting lagi yak

  • naki
    January 29, 2010

    waow kalian semua uda pada posting yah , jadi malu gw nih , tinggal gw doang , hihihihi

  • Jiewa
    January 29, 2010

    @Angel, Veny & Jen : been busy lately.. baru sempet bikin psotingannya hehe… aku kesana lagi minggu lalu, masuk ke cafe batavia..

    Tapi kemaren ga pake busway, pake taxi aja ternyata cuma 10 rb, dari Ibis Mangga dua hehe..

    @Wening : apa pas malam? soalnya aku dateng 2 kali, sekali pas siang.. cuma ada sewa sepeda. Pas malem jauh lebih rame.. banyak yg gelar lapak catur, cinderamata trus bahkan ada uji ketangkasan masukin gelang karet ke leher botol *kinda gambling actually*

    @Vivian : aku ga masuk ke museum wayang ama porselen, dari lapangan masuk ke Museum Fatahillah, terus ke Pecinan.. Minggu depannya ke Cafe Batavia..
    wah.. kayaknya bakalan jadi 4 seri iki ceritane hehe..

  • cc
    January 29, 2010

    Gie.. gw adoring ur pic-shoot!! Jadi kesannya bisa ‘menjual’ banget tuh bangunan…

  • Andre Junior
    January 29, 2010

    wah, ada bangunan ‘BAR-BAR’ :))

  • arman
    January 30, 2010

    wuiii bagus banget foto2nyaaaa….

  • Fenty
    January 30, 2010

    nice as usual :)

  • Jiewa
    January 30, 2010

    @cc : kalo gt foto2nya ga jual aja ya Chen haha.. Dah pernah main2 ke Kota Tua ga?

    @Andre : isinya CONAN dan kroco2nya bawa kapak =))

    @Arman : eh eh… kemaren pas ke Jkt mampir2 situ ga om? :)

    @Fenty : tararenkyuuu ^^

  • san_san
    January 30, 2010

    sweet

  • Anang
    January 30, 2010

    paling seneng liat mobil dengan plat beduaan… keren….

  • carlos
    January 31, 2010

    Kapan Surabaya punya ginian he he he he…… Wah salut Jie…. Infonya dah bener semua tuh…… :D

  • Jiewa
    January 31, 2010

    @san_san : we should meet! next time when I go to Jakarta ya :)

    @Anang : makasih Anang.. :D

    @Carlos : tuh pecinanan bisa kan jadi ginian… :) walah.. langsung diuji ama ahli sejarah.. :)) iki infonya standard kali pak :P

  • cc
    January 31, 2010

    @cc : kalo gt foto2nya ga jual aja ya Chen haha.. Dah pernah main2 ke Kota Tua ga?

    BELOM pernah Gie…. ajakin gw dunk kalo kesono..LHA! hahaha.. Gw tunggu elo aja ke kota tua di Semarang hihi ^^

  • Leedya
    February 1, 2010

    Wih jie, seru-seru yah fotonya. terutama bar n sepeda tua beserta topi yang nyangklong di setirnya. Jadi cekikikan sendiri. Masih buka gak yah tu bar jaman sekarang ini, mgk kalo mabok gak nyadar berasa dance bareng kumpeni or noni belanda kali yaa

  • arqu3fiq
    February 2, 2010

    Fotonya bagus-bagus. Keren.

    (two thumb up)

  • Maria Celina
    February 3, 2010

    Of all the years that I have lived in Jakarta, I have not really taken the time to absorb the scenery and the culture of the old town. I hope to do so someday and perhaps to the degree that you did in this post.

    First time visitor and commenter, by the way. Looking forward to reading more of your updates.

  • carlos
    February 4, 2010

    Lho……. Biar standart pokoknya benar hue he he he…… :)

  • titiw
    February 6, 2010

    As always i love your pics mas!! The one with colorful hats on the bike is superb! ;)

  • Jiewa
    February 6, 2010

    @cc : wait for me at Semarang, I will come.. Moga2 tahun ini terwujud ya *finger crossed*

    @Leedya : udah ga buka sih mbak.. yg buka tu Cafe Batavia, nanti di Part 4 aku ceritain deh hehe.. Keren abis tempatnya, bekas tempat org Belanda hura2.. ^^

    @Maria : thx a lot.. actually.. I was just interested with the photography, but now I’m also interested to learn a lot about the history..
    What a fabulous web you have, I should learn a lot from you Maria :)

    @Carlos : haha.. nyindirrr…

  • ericova
    February 25, 2010

    ayo kapan kita tur kesini :D saya tunggu..objek2 menarik banget pak

  • carlos
    March 2, 2010

    Gak yo…. Setulus hati……

  • Jiewa
    March 2, 2010

    @Eric : haha.. boleh … kalo mau ta temenin kesini, tapi bayari tiketku juga ya ric.. huehehehe..

    @Carlos : setulus hati.. semerbak mewangi.. *halahhh*

  • tika
    June 30, 2010

    nice photo.. hmm, bisa tlg kasih tau info ttg tarif-tarif objek wisata d kota tua?

  • Jiewa
    June 30, 2010

    @tika : masuk dalam museum hanya habis 2 rb rupiah. naik sepeda 30 rb (bisa tawar). Masuk Cafe Batavia beli teh hanya 20 rb, bebas foto :D

    Yg lainnya belum saya coba.. :)

  • Jewel
    November 5, 2010

    Totally superb! Great review & photos!

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