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Chinatown (Glodok)

Old Batavia, Jakarta, Indonesia
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As featured in Jakarta for free
Ranked #30 of 67 attractions in Jakarta
Type: Neighborhoods
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... more » 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. « less
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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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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Jakarta
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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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Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

One of the largest "Chinatowns" in the world. Simply fascinating long after the mean-spirited riots against its residents in 1998 and the massacre of 5000 of its people in 1740. Visits to the Buddhist temples there are a must...the monks so welcoming and delighted to have you there. So much color, variety and happy families living next to open sewers.... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

the place is not really as touristic as it can be, for a chinatown i would be expecting more but.... there are few great vendor that sells nice food though

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

I visited Glodok over a Sunday in June 2013. Most of the activity seems to be centred around Jl. Pancoran next to Pasar Glodok. Despite the inclement weather, it was still very much active on a Sunday evening, with numerous street vendors and a little alley market that seemed to be selling food. There were a lot of shops where... More

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

is nice place, easy to find local food, many kind diffrent food old style chines food, but the gouverment must take attention to manage this area so could become one of tourist attraction site

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Parramatta, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

Glodok was traditionally the Chinese area of Batavia that the Dutch set aside for the Chinese who provided the colony with essential services. Typically, the Chinese were expert traders having wide networks of connected people especially abroad when it came to money. They were also experts in organised crime, gambling, stealing, forming gangs & pimping women. Their secret to tasty... More

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jakarta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

The weather wasnt good at all when I came here. It was raining heavily. However, if you are interested, this place is a very good place for you to learn about chinese stuffs such as their cultures, etc. You can buy foods on the streets NEARLY everywhere. I recommend you try 'bakpao', its d e l i c i o... More

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Seremban
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

Did not realize the influence of the Chinese in Jakarta until I visited Chinatown. Great place to visit for a selection of food as well

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