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Chinatown (Glodok)

Address: Old Batavia, Jakarta, Indonesia
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Ranked #30 of 79 Attractions in Jakarta
Type: Neighborhoods, Other
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Chinatown of Jakarta began long before Indonesia existed as a nation and was originally the...
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Type: Neighborhoods, Other
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Chinatown of Jakarta began long before Indonesia existed as a nation and was originally the Chinatown of Batavia. This was the area where the Dutch required the Chinese to live. Today, the whole area is called Glodok and includes traditional houses, markets, architecture and some very beautiful Chinese temples; the Da Shi Miao and the Vihara Dharma Bhakti temples are both popular tourist attractions. The Glodok Market is one of the great commercial centers of Jakarta where you can buy everything from antiques to laptops.
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Clarkston, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
28 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Got to go here, the contrast between Jakartans, Chinese and Indo/Chinese is fascinating. The sights and smells, the lovely friendly shopkeepers and stall holders. Spend a whole day and not tire.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Wake up young city explorer and welcome to all tourist! Petak Sembilan is worth the visit, with the old culture hold by the people, the vintage landscape and the signature traditional culinary of Chinese Indonesian born. If you love to explore the town, capture the moment in a frame, and freeze the time for a while, this area is the... More 

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78 reviews 78 reviews
21 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

You can only come here if you are only nearby. The place is crowded like most of Jakarta you can enjoy the market contains almost everything and visting the Buddhist temple there . Not to be compared to other chinatowns ( eg. NY ) but it is ok.

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Abu Dhabi
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32 reviews 32 reviews
21 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Nothing interesting in this place. even the old buddhist temple has no spiritual energy and not well maintained. Area is so congested and no space to walk on.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
30 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

this place is the best china town in Jakarta, the buildings surrounds, the people. the traditional market, the foods. everything you need is here, from the original to the fake :)

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Jakarta
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133 reviews 133 reviews
36 attraction reviews
212 helpful votes 212 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

When I was young, our family would come through this area almost of weekly basis, as a part of our Sunday church going activities. This is a favorite place for my mom who loves the traditional market, the herb stores and myriad authentic food vendors. In general it is still a great place to find cheap electronics, homewares, groceries, and... More 

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Iligan, Philippines
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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Glodoc plaza is quite outdated but still the best place to buy electronic items. I agree that this place is the electronics center of Asia. But some shops are not accepting credit cards, you need to bring cash with you. some shops need to add 3-6 % for the bank charges on you CC.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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53 reviews 53 reviews
24 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The best time to go is on Saturday morning, when the market is in full swing. There is some old Chinese temples, but ii is not like Singapore or American cities "Chinatown, it is for real, a little dirty, but not "fabricated", for people who like to know the culture and real life of the city

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London, United Kingdom
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70 reviews 70 reviews
36 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

we have visited a lot chinatowns around the world. This one is a bit different, no Chinese restaurants only few Chinese people and a lot of locals. we were expecting to have lunch there but no restaurants. Over all it is a place to visit for the experience.

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Jaipur, India
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516 reviews 516 reviews
397 attraction reviews
404 helpful votes 404 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

If you are in Jakarta, do not miss the experience of China Town. If you go further towards Kota Railway Station from Monas (National Monument), you will come across 'Glodok' (Chinese market or china town) on either side of the road. There are huge mall markets full of electronic goods. Hundreds of shops will give you an opportunity to select... More 

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