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Jakarta Old Town

Jalan Kali Besar Timur, Jakarta, Indonesia (Setiabudi)
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As featured in 3 days in Jakarta
Ranked #25 of 77 Attractions in Jakarta
Type: Historic Sites
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: This is the old city of Batavia. Rundown, picturesque and a great night market.
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Istanbul, Turkey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

sunda kelapa is a must see... traffic is very dense, tiring. view from the old watchtower is pretty good.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I love Kota Tua, you can find any interesting place in this area. You can find a good museum like Bank Indonesia Museum, Cafe Batavia, Kota Intan Bridge. But somehow i don't like the atmosphere in this area. Totally chaos, i mean you can see many people and sometimes it's very dirty. If the government pay attention how kool this... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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174 reviews 174 reviews
41 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Most Asian cities has take a big turnaround turning into high rise buildings, smart buildings and what not. Some Asian ciites do maintain some past or colonial buildings as heritage. Where to look for when you are in Jakarta? There you are. This is the place. You have to walk around to look what you are looking for. Don't give... More

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Denpasar, Indonesia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

First visit to this place last month, I found some great buildings from the ancient colonial, Lot of museums surrounding, Culinary places & Interesting biking thru the site by "Traditional sepeda onthel" :). Unfortunately, the museums are not open daily?

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I have been to jakarta many times but this is my first visit to kota tua. I must say it is a site worth visiting. With all Jakarta's malls, finally a flavour of old Batavia is found here. I wish the buildings were maintained better, it has so much potential.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

The former site of Dutch East Indies' very first settlement in Java, it is hard to imagine that the current surviving old town is all of the city during the first era of this humongous city. The VOC company razed the old settlement of Jayakarta before founding a very new city on its site, the formerly walled area which is... More

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SEMINYAK, DENPASAR
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I love this part of the city .. hopefully government will preserve this many colonial building style and restore them ..

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Warragul, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

lots off attractions,Batavia cafe great,tasty food stalls,bike hire to enjoy the surrounds,free museums and many children just being friendly and inquisitive of tourists,spent an afternoon enjoyed every minute.

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The old town is charming but not much to see. It's relatively small but worth the visit if you have a free afternoon.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Went on a Saturday. Visited the Wayang museum and the beautiful old Dutch hotel for lunch. The square is well worth a visit. Bicycles are coloured for hire with matching hats. Many children enjoying the day. We were besieged by them to practice their English. There were many street theatre acts and plenty of food. A small street nearby offered... More

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