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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 #26 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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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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156 reviews 156 reviews
111 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

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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10 helpful votes 10 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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Jakarta, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
25 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Visiting Jakarta first time? I think this "old city" must in your agenda. I like this "old city" in the evening or early in the morning. I only visiting this place for visiting museum, there some museums in the area. I love this place for taking pictures. Visit this place in the evening or early morning, and avoid to visit... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Colonial splendour not to be missed. The only architecture in the whole city which could be considered beautiful. Pleasant open square with vibrant activity and nightlife. Batavia Café is a must.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Cultural attraction, mystical, old town architecture, nice place for photograph activities, mostly outdoor activity (prepare for umbrella or Glasses with UV protection), has a shop/market selling traditional snack. Can rent a classic bicycle, i'ts very cheap. Has a cafe, toilet, parking area, easy to access by public transportation. Has a museum and others attraction/even will be fulfilled you journey

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Kota Tua and Sunda Kelapa ..how would I Say about this place? It's an heritage which Jakarta must proud of, but as everyone can see it's still lack of infrastructure for visitor to go there. Not a clean place, Kali Besar it's dark and dirty. As the information The Jakarta Government will make a huge chance to make Kota Tua... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

We all need to preserve and maintain the historical and cultural value of Jakarta, especially this Icon of the Jakarta heritage

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Batavia or old city of Jakarta provides many historical buildings. I visited this place many times, since it was a mess and dirty, until now an improvement seen on going there. I finally visited all museum at the last visit. I juts realized that Old city has many great museums there. Not forget to mention puppet museum, handycraft museum and... More

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Istanbul, Turkey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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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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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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