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Address: Old Batavia, Jakarta, Indonesia
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Description: 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 and a lot of stuff...

Basically Jakarta is not that fancy city.. This place offers you a lot of cheap things starting from electronics to clothes... This place has a huge fire couple years ago... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
Lady_Lyn18
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Chengdu, China
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Jakarta, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

a part from the traffic, Chinatown is the only place you can get almost anything and everything with different quality and (of course) the price. from Fashion to tools, from furniture to traditional medication/herbal Chinese medication, you can find almost everything in this area. best way to go is by taxi (so you can relax in hectic-traffic) hehe.. for fashion..... More 

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Chengdu, China
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Basically Jakarta is not that fancy city.. This place offers you a lot of cheap things starting from electronics to clothes... This place has a huge fire couple years ago so they are building a new shop right now ... For restaurant , i suggest that you should try the food from the road where you are going to temple... More 

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Clarkston, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
27 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

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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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

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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84 reviews 84 reviews
25 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
23 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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
36 helpful votes 36 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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142 reviews 142 reviews
37 attraction reviews
231 helpful votes 231 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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14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
57 helpful votes 57 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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