A Blast to the Past at Kota Tua (Old City) Jakarta – Part 2

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Walla… I’m back! Let’s continue our journey at Kota Tua (Old City), Jakarta. I’ll show you the inside of Museum Fatahillah (officially known as Museum Sejarah Jakarta). It was the city hall (Balai Kota) in the 17th century. The Dutch called it Stadhuis.

Museum Fatahillah - Kota Tua (Old City) Jakarta

To get inside this museum, we should buy the ticket for IDR 2,000 each (about US$ 0.2) *murahe ga karuan* I think the management should rise the price. I’m sure that they can’t cover the operational cost with those cheap ticket sales. *ga nyucuk kata org jawa*

Museum Fatahillah - Kota Tua (Old City) Jakarta

Btw, we can buy a small booklet which tells about the whole history about Kota Tua square for IDR 5,000. Around the museum, there’re several Canon, left by the Dutch colonial. Si Jagur is the famous one; this gun powder canon is believed to give fertility to the people/couples who want to have children. *err..  pic below is NOT si Jagur, I mistakenly took the wrong photograph of it, doooh*

Meriam Si Jagur - Museum Fatahillah - Kota Tua (Old City) Jakarta

Museum Fatahillah is a two storey building. The first floor displays many archeological discoveries around Jakarta and Indonesia. Every chamber tells a brief story about the beginning of Jakarta since the pre-historical era till now. Including the famous paintings from Raden Saleh and Basuki Abdullah.

Museum Fatahillah - Kota Tua (Old City) Jakarta

I’m interested with Prasasti Tarumanagara, it’s a huge river stone with foot prints and Javanese characters on it. I wonder, that’s the way the ancient people show their existence (or even narcissism) :)) Compares to what we do today, setting our status on FB on Twitter (much much easier than crafting on a river stone right? :P)

Prasasti Tarumanagara - Kota Tua (Old City) Jakarta

The building was build under influence of Dutch architecture. But I also found out some Chinese and Javanese relic around the site. Like this lion, the red colored stairs and this wooden baby crib (kinda spooky y’know, I really hope that the crib doesn’t swing itself in the middle of the night… HYAAAAA) :((

Museum Fatahillah - Kota Tua (Old City) Jakarta

It’s quite easy to walk inside the first floor since they made pathways for visitors. Up to the second floor, we can watch outside the window and enjoy the Fathillah square.

Museum Fatahillah - Kota Tua (Old City) Jakarta

There’s not much to see on the second floor, most of the chamber is showing large wooden table and chair here and there. I guess, this floor was used to be a meeting room for the Dutch.

Hermes - Museum Fatahillah - Kota Tua (Old City) Jakarta

In the backyard, there’s a statue of Hermes – naked (malu) Well, in the Greek mythology, Hermes is the God of Fortune. This metal statue, originally located at Harmoni Bridge, but then moved to Museum Fatahillah for safety reason. This statue was a present from Karl Stolz to Dutch government who let him ran his business in Batavia.

Prison - Museum Fatahillah - Kota Tua (Old City) Jakarta

Right behind the statue, there’s an underground prison. It’s a very dark and stink half rounded room, just as high as 3 / 4 of the human height, so we have to duck down inside it. Very uncomfort for prisoners, plus .. their feet were tied up to iron balls to limit their movement. Enough? Nay, the prison secured by double metal bar *si pitung dijamin kagak bisa lolos!!*

Museum Fatahillah - Kota Tua (Old City) Jakarta

Done with Museum Fatahillah; Venus, Jen and Angel took me to Pecinan (China Town). Surprisingly, we found a unique church that shaped just like a Chinese temple. Save your curiosity, continue on the 3rd part… :P

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  • angel
    February 1, 2010

    kayanya sih goyang2 tuh crib nya klo malem >:)
    wah panjang juga postingannya sampai ada part 3 :P

  • veny
    February 1, 2010

    keren22 liputan nya .. tapi emang ga abis2 crt n potonya kalo kita ke kota tua , lom kita nyampe sampe ps ikan … keep on writing & photo Jie !

  • zam
    February 1, 2010

    ayo! jelajahi juga museum (bank) Mandiri, Museum Bank Indonesia, Museum Wayang, Museum Seni Rupa dan Keramik, Museum Bahari, Jembatan Kota Intan, dan Museum Bahari! :D

  • acel
    February 1, 2010

    pernah ke museum mpu tantular jie?

  • Jiewa
    February 1, 2010

    @Angel : rencananya sih sampe part 4 hahaha.. part 3 yg di pecinanan, part 4 di cafe batavia.. :D

    @Veny : ce… aku pinjem foto yg di Hermes ya .. lucu soale :))

    @zam : OMG… cah akehne PR ku mas Zammmm… kapan2 bareng yuk.. tandem gitu :D

    @Acel : blom, saiki di sidoarjo toh ?

  • AJ
    February 1, 2010

    wah wah, Jie ditemenin 3 cewek yg cantik cantik wekekekekkkk :P

  • risdania
    February 1, 2010

    wah enak tuw dapet pas sepi,,waktu saya kesana rameeee banged,,hehe

  • budiono
    February 1, 2010

    muantebbb jo foto sing ndukur dewe

  • Jiewa
    February 1, 2010

    @AJ : kapan hari ko Aj juga udah ta ajak via twitter sih.. lagi ga bisa ya ? :D

    @Risda : kalo malam ruameee.. ga enak emang kl terlalu crowded

    @Dion : hehe.. moga2 foto2ku bisa memperkenalkan Indonesia ke turis2 mancanegara :)

  • gajah_pesing
    February 2, 2010

    jie.. ajari aku carane moto koyok poto-poto iku? apik-apik jew… marai kepengen

  • arqu3fiq
    February 2, 2010

    Iwaw….dari seri 1 sampai seri 2 satu yang aku comment. Fotonya bagus, angel nya bagus, pencahayaannya juga bagus. Benar-benar fotografer yang handal. Teruskan Jie. ^:)^

  • Allx
    February 3, 2010

    yo babano tiket e murah. ojok ngomong mbok suruh naek harga e.

  • san_san
    February 3, 2010

    perpaduan warna yang sangat bagus ! love it !

  • Dean
    February 3, 2010

    kok yang kuno2 boleh difoto kayak batu2 itu?
    Biasae kan ada yang dilarang foto kalo ke museum

  • carlos
    February 4, 2010

    Duile…..!!! Yang udah mulai ketularan Maya ama aku he he he he…… :D

  • Jiewa
    February 5, 2010

    @Gajah : yg penting angle-nya aja bung.. hehe.. cari yg ga biasa :P

    @arqu3fiq : makasij bro, biasane foto makanan lek disuruh foto gedung jadinya ya gini.. lumayan laaa :D

    @Allx : yahh.. jok gt… ben museumnya ada duit buat ngerawat benda2 didalamnya rek..

    @San2 : mana foto2mu? katanya mo upload .. :P

    @Dean : pertama, itu cuma replika. kedua, aku nakal curi2 foto terus =))

    @Carlos : iya.. tp malas baca buku sejarah, enak takok koen ae :))

  • Maria Celina
    February 6, 2010

    My goodness, I remember that museum! The last time I went there was.. when I was 9 years old on a school field trip.

    I don’t think I remember the Hermes statue, though. Then again, we were in elementary school and maybe the teachers didn’t want to show students the “statue bugil” because it’ll ruin our innocence! Haha! =P

    Thanks for the reply via email, by the way. I’ll definitely keep on visiting this blog. You have such great photography; it’s a feast for the eyes!

  • Jiewa
    February 6, 2010

    Maria.. from a reference, I read that that ‘bugil’ Hermes statue was located at Harmoni bridge. But then moved to the current place a couple years ago..

    so, maybe the government had not move it yet when you were visiting the museum..

    Let’s go for photo hunting together, next time when I visit Jakarta :)

  • eko magelang
    February 8, 2010

    wuih…… perjalanannya mantab cak, jadi pingin kesana…

  • Maria Celina
    February 8, 2010

    Oh, really? Perhaps that is why I didn’t see it when I last went there.

    We should go photo-tripping when you come here. Do you visit Jakarta often? =)

  • Jiewa
    February 8, 2010

    @Eko : must visit nih kalo ke Jakarta ! :)

    @Maria : Yeah we should.. I want to learn from you :)
    hmm.. kadang ada tugas kantor ke Jakarta. couple times last year, twice this year.. :D

  • carlos
    March 2, 2010

    “males baca buku sejarah… enak takok koen ae…..” Yeeee….. :(

  • Mia
    February 24, 2011

    poto ma patung hermes yg bugil kayaknya emang dah keharusan ya hehehhee…..

  • Jiewa
    February 25, 2011

    @Mia : belum sah ke Fatahillah kalo belum foto sama Hermes :P

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