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Sunda Kelapa

Old Batavia, Jakarta, Indonesia
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As featured in 3 days in Jakarta
Ranked #26 of 75 attractions in Jakarta
Type: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks, Historic Walking Areas, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Once known as Pasar Ikan (Fish Market), Sunda Kelapa was the early 16th-century trading post from which the Dutch domination of Indonesia began and... more » Owner description: Once known as Pasar Ikan (Fish Market), Sunda Kelapa was the early 16th-century trading post from which the Dutch domination of Indonesia began and flourished. « less
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Yilan, Taiwan
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I visited Jakarta by accident thus I have no plan here. Therefore, I chartered taxi for the unexpected trip. Sunda Kelapa was suggested by the taxi driver. As he said, Sunda Kelapa is an ancient harbor where Zheng He (鄭和) voyages in Ming Dynasty. I was thoroughly stunned that I could walk into history. Everything is historical, from the style... More

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
24 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The old port, but still working port, with traditional vessels made of wood, and loaded by hand...very interesting to see the boats and the movement, but bear in mind that this is a working port. Nearby is the pasar ikan ( fish market ) area, with the maritime museum and the old Dutch observation tower, also worthwhile.

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Melbourne, Australia
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838 attraction reviews
294 helpful votes 294 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

Firstly it is hard to get here, there are no signposts at all. I walked along the Kali Besar canal from the Old Town Square (Fatahillah Sq). A 1km walk through some very deserted streets under a motorway and railway. Finally I reached a lookout tower and the harbour entrance. This isn't a tourist attraction - it is a working... More

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massachusetts, usa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

The old port of Jakarta contains one of the largest collection of old Bugi schooners in existence. They are largely converted to diesel engines and the masts cut back, but they still retain the flavor (and smell) of old coastal trade history. These ships were largely built in southern Sulawesi (a great place to visit!) but are manned by the... More

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Great Falls, Virginia
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74 reviews 74 reviews
23 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Sunda Kelapa is a very interesting place to visit. It does not draw as many tourist, which is fine with as the place is a working harbor for small traders and inter Island trading. The boats and ships are all old fashioned handmade by locals and probably not much different from the ones used 200 years ago. I did not... More

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Manila, Philippines
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132 reviews 132 reviews
76 attraction reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

It's fine to hear that this used to be a thriving port but nowadays is focused on inter-island commerce especially ferrying of cement, LPG tanks, cooking oil, flour, and other basic commodities. Also interesting to hear that all the boats are made by a particular region. Our guide dutifully mentioned that the boats whose hulls were low in the water... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

This is not a fancy place to visit. Working harbor, dusty, gritty, very busy. So f you think this is a tourist attraction, that is well preserved, move on to view the next attraction, this is not for you. I rented a cycle from the SQUARE and made the trip to the harbor....about 20 min ride, through Jakarta's busy busy... More

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Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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368 reviews 368 reviews
188 attraction reviews
218 helpful votes 218 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

Impossible to skip! All guides will take you around Old Batavia (with the remains of the Dutch colonial city) and suddenly you'll be in Sunda Kelapa: the old port of Jakarta. Sunda Kelap has played a significant role in the development of the Indonesian archipelago (with over 18.000 islands). Nowadays it is only a minor port, accomodating dozens of "pinisi",... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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23 reviews 23 reviews
22 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

very good thing to say that this harbor functioned just the way it is since hundreds of years ago, you could grab a boat there to maritime musseum too!

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Vancouver
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

We only had one day to see the sights and were taken to the Old port of Jakarta called Sunda Kelapa, not much to see other then a few old type vessels been loaded , little atmosphere to really be a tourist attraction, a drive by would have been more then sufficient. Don’t waste your time! From what we saw... More

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