Sights - Jakarta Old Town

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Jakarta Historical Museum or well known as Museum Fatahillah
This is the story about us exploring a part of Jakarta Old Town.

Jakarta Old Town is is a small area in Northern Jakarta. Dubbed "The Jewel of Asia" and "Queen of the East" in the 16th century by European sailors, Old Jakarta �" or Batavia, as it was named by the Dutch �" was once considered a center of commerce for the whole continent due to its strategic location and fertile resources (Wikipedia).

Jakarta Historical Museum or well known as Museum Fatahillah, the building is one of cultural property which in the past known as Stadhuis, the City Hall of Batavia. The park in front of the Museum in known as Stadhuisplein in the past and now it is called Taman Fatahillah, the City Hall Park.
Riding "ontel" bike
This museum collected some archeological findings, vintage furnitures, statues and pictures of the former governors, old maps, and some cultural heritage belonged to the Betawi tribe, the people who are believed to be the real local people of Jakarta.
Other than that commonly you'll find photographers hunting for pictures in the museum. The best time to visit probably in workdays (The Museum opens Tue-Sun, 09.00-15.00) , to avoid crowd and you can have free chat with some available tour guide. The entrance fee only IDR 2.000 or around 0,2 USD.
This is probably my most favorite museum in Jakarta. In my last visit here, was like 5 years ago for some college project, me and my friends got the museum all for ourselves. We visited in some Tuesday morning and were the only visitor there.
Gutter
A nice tour guide was telling stories about the building, which we find very amusing. The building was formerly used by Dutch colonial Government as office, courthouse and prison. Did you know, when the basement of the building was used as prison, the government at that time held 40 prisoners in average in each dome shaped ceiling, 5x5 m sized cell. I can't imagine how they fit in that room! In front of the buidings you can find a gutter, which they used to punish some prisoner. And this is how they do the punishment; they put the prisoners in the gutter and then fill the gutter with leeches and then they died slowly bly loosing too much blood sucked by the leeches. In the tower there's a bell which tolled whenever there was an execution going. And wait till you hear the spooky stories about ghosts in that building! Brrr!
Other than The Historical Museum in the same area you can find Wayang Museum (Former Church of Batavia) and Fine Arts and Ceramics Museum (Former Court of Justice of Batavia). Also other cultural properties which some are in wrecked condition. The brick walk makes the area quite friendly to walk around and you can even rent a vintage bike for IDR 20.000 or 2 USD for an hour ride. If you're hungry you can try to visit Cafe Batavia, or if you feel like trying, there are many cheap food vendor in the square.
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Jakarta Historical Museum or well …
Jakarta Historical Museum or well…
Riding ontel bike
Riding "ontel" bike
Gutter
Gutter
Gutter
Gutter
Can somebody translate this? :P
Can somebody translate this? :P
The painting
The painting
The story of the painting
The story of the painting
Dutch furnitures
Dutch furnitures
Why did they need it so big?
Why did they need it so big?
Girl in the mirror
Girl in the mirror
to the tower
to the tower
Dungeon
Dungeon
Jakarta Old Town
Jakarta Old Town
oh, its closed! :(
oh, it's closed! :(
brick walk
brick walk
Museum Wayang
Museum Wayang
Wrecked buildings
Wrecked buildings
Cafe Batavia
Cafe Batavia
Jakarta Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
Eat - Cafe Batavia; an overpriced romance
Located in Old Town area, Batavia Cafe appears elegantly in the middle of some old and wrecked buildings. Consistency in classic decoration with high … read entire review
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photo by: cicie