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Chinatown (Glodok)

Old Batavia, Jakarta, Indonesia
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Ranked #30 of 75 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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Iligan, Philippines
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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Glodoc plaza is quite outdated but still the best place to buy electronic items.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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24 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

we have visited a lot chinatowns around the world. This one is a bit different, no Chinese restaurants only few Chinese people and a lot of locals. we were expecting to have lunch there but no restaurants. Over all it is a place to visit for the experience.

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Jaipur, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

If you are in Jakarta, do not miss the experience of China Town. If you go further towards Kota Railway Station from Monas (National Monument), you will come across 'Glodok' (Chinese market or china town) on either side of the road. There are huge mall markets full of electronic goods. Hundreds of shops will give you an opportunity to select... More

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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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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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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57 reviews 57 reviews
19 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
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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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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