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Address: Old Batavia, Jakarta, Indonesia
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

The Chinatown of Jakarta began long before Indonesia existed as a nation...

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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crowded, especially during chinese festivals or anything related to chinese culture activity.. they don't change much since i knew this place around 30 years ago.. one thing to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

crowded, especially during chinese festivals or anything related to chinese culture activity.. they don't change much since i knew this place around 30 years ago.. one thing to change, for sure : parking lot problems anyway, you can find anything here : drugstore, barber, meals, supermarkets, traditional markets, hawkers, common shop, furniture shops, bookstore.. anything.. anything, just name it.. and... More 

Thank LuMinzhi
Launceston, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the most amazing place where people live. It is just incredible. Street food galore and small family restaurants as well as the food market selling everything from vegetables to meat, sea cucumbers and frogs. Visit Buddhist temples and Christian churches too. The very best way to experience Glodok, is with a guide, and the best guide is Dwika... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Expect find it dirty, crowded and typical china town around the world. But if you're for food adventure, photography while in Jakarta, you must visit this one. It's worth it

Thank Alex I
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went here on a Saturday afternoon. ...a couple of weeks before Chinese new year! Busy and packed. Disorganised chaos but good with it. Visit the wet market (called wet.... cos it's always wet). Beware you may see chickens and frogs slaughtered so not for the squeamish. Get a haircut for a couple of bucks or pick up some cut price... More 

Thank JH72
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not as big as other China towns but more authentic I thought with less tourist Nick nacks, the market was really good with dried fruit and medicine and god knows what other edibles from sea slugs to frogs legs and turtles, well worth a visit

Thank Chris M
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you wanna feel the ambiance of chinatown in Jakarta, come here! You may find lots of oldies shop and when it's near Chinese new year, most shops sell lampions and other decorations with red color. Other than that, you can also taste traditional chinese food and a sip of legendary coffee. Not far you can also find a chinese... More 

Thank travelnusa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I went here with a friend who is a Jakarta local and knows the place quite well. This made navigation extremely easier and she brought us immediately to the best food stalls. We had Es Potong (local ice cream), and Nasi Ulam which she said was hard to find. We also had satay made from ox tongue. Really tasty food... More 

Thank Reina A
Pune, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

On my last few visit to Jakarta , I always make a point to visit this place. I love dried Plums / Prunes and this is the place in Jakarta to buy those items, and also cheapest in Jakarta. Many shops selling lots and lots of verities of nuts, prunes , different type of Fried or Roasted seeds , different... More 

Thank Raja02
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

Chinese people have lived in Indonesia for hundreds of years. They have not always been popular, but they have maintained their temples and traditions. Chinatown is worth seeing, if only because it is very old. Admiral Zheng He is commemorated as the first Chinese visitor to Indonesia during the early Ming Dynasty. If you are unaccustomed to the sights and... More 

Thank Jeffry B
Tangerang, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

If you like historical places, then go to the temple. its located in close to gang Gloria. there are several temples surround the street. however you should be careful with you bag, its crowded and I saw many baggers in the temple.

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