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Address: Old Batavia, Jakarta, Indonesia
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Chinatown of Jakarta began long before Indonesia existed as a...

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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Old Jakarta China Town

Glodok area is typical China town atmosphere. One of the buildings was renovated due to this building was burnt down during riot in 1997. You can find many Chinese medicine shop... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Jakarta - Indonesia

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Jakarta - Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Glodok area is typical China town atmosphere. One of the buildings was renovated due to this building was burnt down during riot in 1997. You can find many Chinese medicine shop and chinese food within the area. It has one traditional market called Petak Sembilan (nine square). Near this area, you also can find one Chinese temple to pray.

Thank budisoegianto
Jakarta, Indonesia
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531 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 286 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The word Glodok came from the Sundanese word "Golodog", meaning entrance to a house. In old time Sunda Kelapa harbour and this area was the gate to Sundanese Kingdom. It is called China town as a majority of the traders in Glodok are of Chinese descent. Glodok is now known as the place to shop electronics. Good to visit for... More 

Thank Darnel-HDI
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49 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The place is not so noticeable from outside, because it is surrounded by regular shops. To access it you have to get trough a rather small alley. Parking is difficult if you visit above 11 PM. Inside is the heart of Jakarta traditional Chinese town. Be warned though this place is very dirty and disarranged, also be very careful with... More 

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51 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We first checked out Glodok one evening as we were staying near by... To be honest there was not a lot going on by 7pm when we were there, although we found a lovely little local restaurant/stall at the southern end on Kemurnian IV. I went back in the afternoon the next day and it was like the place had... More 

Thank John T
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good for cheap shopping, including food. Difficult parking though. Some cheap hotels not recommended.

Thank Hin O
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

this part is know for his rarity of shope and restaurants of chinese origin. most is cooking in front of you. when it is not raining,it is very nice to have outside. i did try the frog legs ,and with the best spices it is more than you aspect. so go there and let it inspire you.

Thank jolijt11
Jakarta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

A Chinese-Indonesian friend of mine insisted that I try the food stalls in Chinatown, Jakarta. I took him up on the offer and one night we ended up having dinner there. It was a 'walk the street' while looking at the various stalls' kind of thing. The food was great. We tried a number of the shops along the road... More 

Thank robgagnon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

Glodok is where Chinatown is located, but not many locals know the area well. The reception at two different hotels I stayed in didn't know that such place existed. I had to read up online in order to find the place. It wasn't as grand or elaborated as I had imagined it to be, and took a little more than... More 

Thank sharilyncal
Jakarta, Indonesia
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44 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

This is China Town of Jakarta where you can find ALMOST ANYTHING you need, from food, house-ware, electronic goods. This big market is evolving very slowly, nothing much has been changed since 30 years ago. Food is still there and good, same people selling the same stuff. Always love to go to Pecinan area from time to time..

Thank lisalina2015
Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Had a guided tour through Chinatown, a hidden place and seems not so well known with locals and tourists. Also nice street shops with interesting food.

Thank Shogun79

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