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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 #21 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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  • Dutch first
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English first
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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
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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
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73 reviews 73 reviews
12 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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
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32 reviews 32 reviews
31 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

We recently visited the Old Town and harbour, what an interesting day, yes the harbour is dirty, bustling and busy but such a treat to see people going about their daily business without the glitz of tourism. A walk along the pier to watch the boats loading and unloading was interesting and also the skills associated with keeping these boats... More

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Bali, Indonesia
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

I always like to visit the old dutch houses in Indonesia for it architecture and its silent beauty. Visiting the old city of Batavia was an exprience. Am glad to learn that there are some restoration work taking place , but many old buildings are yet to get that touch. This place has so much history to tell of the... More

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