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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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Went there with my local friends, he pushed me to go there to eat foods, and we did eat a lot of streets foods and walking around checking for old vintage stuff and chinese... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Went there with my local friends, he pushed me to go there to eat foods, and we did eat a lot of streets foods and walking around checking for old vintage stuff and chinese medicine. We did try mainly different food and massage was really good. ( foot massage)

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De Pere, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Our guide brought my spouse and I here on our first day of private touring in Jakarta since we enjoy experiencing the people and their cultures. One of our first visits was to Dharma Bhakit Chinese temple, which we thoroughly enjoyed. It is with great sadness that I read that this temple burned down in March 2015. Such a terrible... More 

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Groningen, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

i was on our bicycle sunday ride with my wife and happened to reach this chinatown area. we decided to take bakmi (noodles) for our breakfast and for me nothing beats this place. bakmi akwet run by chinese old couple and located right in the heart of jakarta chinatown. we ordered chicken noodle, chicken fermicelli soup, deep fried wonton and... More 

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Jakarta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Deep in the market, used every day, a real glimpse of the forever nature of China in Indonesia. Not a lot to see but incense and mourning.

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Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Not so attrative here. Difference to what typically China Town around the world. Good to have a walk but not so safe especially during night time.

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colombo
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

The buddhist temple is not situated in a popular area.It is advisable to visit the place with a tour guide .The temple is huge and well crowded on a poya day or on a weekend yet you can have your prayer's in your own way.

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

I wasnt going to go, yet another chinatown I thought, but after you vsist the temple, go for a walk down the streets and alleys and see the local way of life, the food and product vendors. See how they actually live and work. That was the interesting part. glad I went.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

I came for visit and discover the indonesian chinese culture and visit the beautiful temple. But actually the people there is very poor and you can meet a lot of beggar... Dont waste your time to go there.

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Jakarta, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia
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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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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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Address: Old Batavia, Jakarta, Indonesia
Location: Asia  >  Indonesia  >  Java  >  Jakarta

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