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Jakarta Old Town

Jalan Kali Besar Timur, Jakarta, Indonesia (Setiabudi)
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Ranked #26 of 81 Attractions in Jakarta
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This is the old city of Batavia. Rundown, picturesque and a great night market.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

This place has been elevated to a new level now, differ from 5-7 years ago, this place is now renovated, more attractive, sophisticated and popular. You can see museums, take a local tour with rented bicycles, take a 'groufies' (group selfies) with "the Stone Men"; a group of people who body painted themselves as indonesian soldiers fought for our independence,... More

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Bandung, Indonesia
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Well it was not really Jakarta Old Town like it used to be concider to its name. Its just some old abandoned area that people come for taking pictures or watch some unatractive show... I came here with my mom and my little brother and did not enjoy anything. Just people cycling and taking pictures of the "old" build.. For... More

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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

It's really easily to reach by train from many place. We go early morning from our city using diesel train to stasiun Kota. After we're by walking to the Kota Tua (Old City). It's arround 5 mins to walk. There's a lot of attraction such as a human statue of soldier, cartoon figure, and seller. Some people was serve rental... More

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Byron Bay
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

This was the highlight of my visit to Jakarta. I loved wondering around the old town and the jetty village. The people are so friendly. I take pictures of people for my website, and the people here never objected to having their photos taken, in fact they mainly enjoyed it, and it was a good way of connecting with them.... More

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Moscow, Russia
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10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Croudy place especially in the evenings. The are several museums there not quite interesting ones. The most interesting is Wayang Museum. Also at the old town is famous futuristic cafe - Batavia - not worth going their - expensive and not tasty. There you should always be very careful as in this place there a lot of pocket thieves.

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Bogota, Colombia
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 via mobile

The colonial buildings are there...but that is it..some museums nearby and a small street market...of you have been in old latin american cities it doesn't worth the visit

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London, England, United Kingdom
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Very little to see here. A few dozen stalls selling the same rubbish. Very little charm in the buildings. Overall an underwhelming experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

This place is the remaining part of history of Jakarta. You can see the remains of glamorous building that transform to the vintage, rustic, and uniqueness. This place is the symbol of the glory of Jakarta at that time. If you visit Jakarta, do not miss to visit this place.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

My first visit to Jakarta was during Ramadan a few years ago and I went to the Kota area on a weekday (a Monday I think when many museums are closed) when it was pretty dead. However and on my last trip, I went on the weekend and while the square was half closed off for restoration, there were thongs... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

It's a pity that this place was not maintained properly. It's a must see in Jakarta as there are limited places to visit in this city. Not a touristic city but worth seeing the bustling capital culture. Its the last of remaining dutch colonial architectures. Good for photography. Note: Keep yourself guarded at all times. Be vigilant not only to... More

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