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Address: Old Batavia, Jakarta, Indonesia
Phone Number: 62216915531
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

Fatahillah Square, also known as Old Batavia, is the historical...

Fatahillah Square, also known as Old Batavia, is the historical district of Jakarta located in Kotas. During Dutch Colonial times in the 16th century, this was the heart of the walled city. Home to attractions such as the Jakarta History Museum and many colonial buildings, this area fills up with artisans, jugglers, and tourists on the weekends.

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All museums closed on Monday

I went there twice - on Saturday, which was super busy and lots of people around the square walking, biking and some dressed up people whom you can take picture of. Then on... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago

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English first
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22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I went there twice - on Saturday, which was super busy and lots of people around the square walking, biking and some dressed up people whom you can take picture of. Then on Monday I visited the square again, it was totally different atmosphere, very quiet and all museums around the square is closed. Avoid Monday if you wanted to... More 

Thank indie_dive
Jakarta, Indonesia
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15 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

i would like to review this place, but the trash, smell and street vendors are overwhelming. There a numerous amazing old buildings in the area but are filled with hookers, homeless, and graffiti. to enter, one must dig in to ones pocket for hundreds of thousand rupiah to pay for the local mafia. this place is a joke and as... More 

Thank LucyATK
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16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fatahillan Square is surrounded by beautiful old buildings and bustling activity. Lots of museums are within walking distance. Visit in the evenings or weekends to see the entertainers and hire a colour co ordinated bike to ride around. If you are a westerner expect to be asked for your photo and some students may ask to interview you to practise... More 

Thank Himmmm
Bukittinggi, Indonesia
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20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

when you go to this place you can fell an oldiest time here,.. local people will offer to you for some attractions you can do here, Fatahillah is a story and one of the commander for the Sultanate of Demak, do not get missed witth all arround you, the bycicle, stone man, museum, an old cafe and etc,..

Thank Reni N
Jakarta, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia
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204 reviews
79 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The square is always crowded and definitely poorly maintained. If you are interested in observing Indonesian culture, this is the place to go. Don't plan to stay all day.

Thank Marc M
Southern Nevada
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261 reviews
140 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

It's a public square not unlike others in the world. You can catch your breath here, get an ice cream cone, be approached by school kids seeking to practice English or do their English class assignment WITH YOU! All in good fun.

Thank beetcanner
Taipei, Taiwan
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143 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

Fatahillah was a 16th century commander for the Sultanate of Demak (a state located on Java's north coast). He is a national hero in Indonesia. Fatahillah Square is named after him. The square was once the centerpiece of Batavia, the town built by Dutch colonizers. Many beautiful architectures of the Dutch age still stand around the square. Many of buildings... More 

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61 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

You cannot go to Jakarta without seeing this square on a week-end day. I love the local atmosphere and the street food around it.

Thank Chti_World_Citizen
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

We went on a Saturday night, and the square was filled with people- literally thousands of people, mostly youths. There were street buskers, many dressed up as ancient characters, ghouls, legendary warriors, and in traditional costumes. It was eye opening to see families sitting on the ground and just chilling with packets of chips, circles of older men chatting excitedly,... More 

Thank sharilyncal
Jakarta, Indonesia
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44 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

It's a must visit area.. This is an old part of Jakarta, built during Dutch colonial era. There are many old historical buildings that will bring us back centuries ago. Come to Cafe Batavia, a legend Restaurant & Bar, very artistic. The food is also good

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