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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 #22 of 75 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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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Indonesian first
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English first
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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
18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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
2 reviews
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
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

These charming old town will bring you back to the days where the Dutch empire rules this land. You will find many fascinating attraction that makes the time passed so quickly. Trust me... you will never feel boring.

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Ipoh, Malaysia
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Impressive architecture to be seen everywhere you turn, couple that with a truly lively atmosphere where artists come and express themselves and you have a very good place to spend a late afternoon. Spent some time there with some friends just taking it all in

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Jakarta, Indonesia
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
12 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The Jakarta old town is one of the most interesting part of the city. It is occupied by many historical buildings, although some houses museums and shops, most are neglected. It is perfectly safe to walk around the area (as long as you don't show off your gold plated iPhone). In general, it is a good place to explore and... More

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Jakarta, Indonesia
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

here, you can find dutch colonial heritage..also,you can learn some history of colonial in indonesia... its a good spot for photos.. getting here is very easy with transjakarta(bus).. you can rent old fashion bike,and dont worry..they can speak english... you can find the famous "es Potong" here in kota tua...but beware of pickpocket..please be careful..... overall 3/5.. worth to try.... More

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Bali, Indonesia
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
31 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

The Old Batavia town center, used to be the city's old town center until it was moved to Weltvedrenen... it was however revived a little by the Dutch later as business center of the city while government offices and elite residential all are in Weltvedrenen. The area becomes one of the poorest part of Batavia and that continues until today...... More

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Tangerang, Jawa Barat, Indonesia
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Wanna see Jakarta in the old times? Then go to the old town Jakarta. You may find many things there beside the oldiest buildings, such as culinaries (street foods and cafes) and buying cheap goods (clothes, computer and accessories, etc). Good place to visit for the whole day.....

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