Sights - Jakarta Old Town
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November 29th, 2008 – by: silvastar
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.
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.
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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