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Address: Old Batavia, Jakarta, Indonesia
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Description: Fatahillah Square, also known as Old Batavia, is the historical district...
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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The odd, the interesting, and the authentic

If you think Jakarta is just a mess of unaffordable shopping malls and crazy traffic....well you're almost correct. But Fatahilla Square, which forms the main part of Old Town... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 2, 2015
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Markham, Canada
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Markham, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

If you think Jakarta is just a mess of unaffordable shopping malls and crazy traffic....well you're almost correct. But Fatahilla Square, which forms the main part of Old Town Jakarta/Batavia, is worth a visit. It's where both locals and tourists mingle. You'll see an absolute chaotic throng of locals buying and selling goods, wearing scary outfits for photograph opportunities, and... More 

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Melaka, Malaysia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
21 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

If you are traveling and want to know more about Jakarta, you can come here for a sightseeing. There a few museum here which will make u understand more about Jakarta. You can also rent a bicycle with a tour to guide around including the sunda kelapa port.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

You can start to walk around old batavia from here (sample guide : http://www.everytrail.com/guide/when-jakarta-was-batavia). There is street market to walk along the old building. This square is surrounded by several museums; history museum, puppet museum and bank museum. And once you're there, don't miss cafe batavia :)

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Yogyakarta, Indonesia
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64 reviews 64 reviews
41 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015 via mobile

If you are interested to history about indonesia ecpecially voc,this place is a cool place to visit. Every symbol has a meaning although it s still a mistery

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AMSTERDAM NETHERLANDS
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82 reviews 82 reviews
57 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Cafe Batavia as it has been earlier time Nice piece of history of Dutch former times Inside can enjoy a coffee tea or fresh juice with a meal and look around in this beautyfull place

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Lille, France
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Batavia is Jakarta's former name, given by the Dutch. (Locals hate it) This square has a lot of history bundled into it, each building having its own. Make sure to come with an experienced guide, or at least a touristic book, to really get to know what these buildings around the square are. And of course, a stop upstairs café... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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72 reviews 72 reviews
53 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

My intention was to go to Fatahillah Museum but by the time I arrived, it hadn't opened yet. The square was sweltering at midday. The things that you can do the most is taking picture with Fatahillah Museum as a background or with some people dressed as Indonesia soldiers. Another one, is you can shop many things because there are... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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1,315 reviews 1,315 reviews
828 attraction reviews
502 helpful votes 502 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

This is a part of the rich history of Jakarta. This square used to be a showcase center piece for the Dutch during the colonial days. Now access to the square is car free and it is a bustling touristy area. At night there are lots of vendors (food), artists & street performances. It is a good place to visit.... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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153 reviews 153 reviews
96 attraction reviews
166 helpful votes 166 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Located in the old city area, this square has been the tides of change over many years. There's alot of history which took place here. There's little to no signage though, so best to read ahead on what you're looking at. The square itself has been tiled over with dark concrete slabs which adsorb the sun's rays and can make... More 

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Rome, Italy
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105 reviews 105 reviews
27 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

This is the old colonial part of Jakarta with colonial buildings, a real period feel and a clutch of museums around it. It has several tourist attractions like bikes for rent, local food stalls and painted human figures relivnig Indonesian history. The History museum, Post museum, Ceramic museum and Wayang Puppet museum are all around the Square making it a... More 

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