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Chinatown (Glodok)

Old Batavia, Jakarta, Indonesia
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Ranked #37 of 81 Attractions in Jakarta
Type: Neighborhoods, Cultural
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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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Abu Dhabi
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29 reviews 29 reviews
20 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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53 reviews 53 reviews
28 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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103 reviews 103 reviews
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150 helpful votes 150 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
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Glodoc plaza is quite outdated but still the best place to buy electronic items.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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24 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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33 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 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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397 attraction reviews
379 helpful votes 379 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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Jakarta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

This is your typical Chinatown setting. People here loves to bargain, so come prepared. This is the place to go for your electronics stuffs. The mall is quite modern, with plenty of spaces to park. However, it is recommended that you came with the drivers.

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Bandung, Indonesia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

I go down to Glodok mostly to look for electronics and IT-related devices with good prices. But this really is my last choice and I can only go when I'm in a very good mood. The most disturbing part for me is the pirated DVDs sellers along the sidewalk. They just keep on offering things that are just simply disturbing... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

it was long2 time ago that you should go there for cheap electronics, home appliances, IT & gadgets. You could get them now with good price in shopping centers & mall with descent air conditioning anywhere in Jakarta. Sometimes you had think of product A with price of 1000, you go there hoping get price 750-800, but later you come... More

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