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Fatahillah Square

Old Batavia, Jakarta, Indonesia
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Ranked #33 of 80 Attractions in Jakarta
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Fatahillah Square, also known as Old Batavia, is the historical district of Jakarta located in Kotas. During Dutch Colonial times in the 16th... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Saudi Arabia
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192 reviews 192 reviews
68 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

In this square you have the old, colonial headquarters, you have street performers, school children on days out, and market vendors. It is an interesting spot to come and watch various elements of Jakarta interact, as well as admire some of the oldest buildings in the city.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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172 reviews 172 reviews
127 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

My first visit to Jakarta was during Ramadan a few years ago and I went to Kota on a weekday (a Monday I think when many museums are closed) when it was pretty dead. However and on my last trip, I went on the weekend and while the square was half closed off for restoration, there were thongs of locals... More

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Jakarta
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

A 'must do' at least once for both visitors and locals. Some lovely historic buildings but sadly very little upkeep has been done on them. The 'square' itself is a centre place for stalls selling food, gimmicky souveneirs, clothes, artwork etc. If a westerner you can expect to be approached by school or university groups and asked to do a... More

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Leschenault, Western Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This square needs some more planning and work on heritage buildings, as was visually messy, and currenly works more a fun-park for teenagers, than an historical precinct. Well-meaning students can become an annoyance, if you cheerfully oblige one "interviewer" practicing English, then you become bombarded with dozens of over- excited teens wanting their turn, or to pose for never-ending photographs.... More

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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53 reviews 53 reviews
24 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Historiical center of Batavia ( Dutch name of Jakarta during colonial times ), is lively and historically interesting, with three museum ( Arts, City museum and Wayang museum ). Very nice on Sunday, a lot of vendor, local people, very friendly and nice "real Indonesia" feeling, not like the soulless shopping malls in the south of the city.

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Penang Island, Malaysia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
22 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

other than the busy traffic around this area, the whole place is like a walk in the park with lots of mini-stalls selling souvenirs, t-shirts, accessories, jewellery and even, for you to take photographs with a selection of vintage cars subject to a fee. you can also rent bicycles that came with hats for gents or ladies.

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Ipswich
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

sorry, it's just an empty square with an extortionately priced cafe with wall to wall porn aka "erotic art", not worth the visit or the time.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

The old town square of Batavia. This is a long way from central Jakarta. Get a taxi or train to Kota Railway station, it is then just a 300 metre walk to the square. It is the heart of Old Batavia and surrounded on all sides by Dutch buildings dating back to the 1700's. Most are now museums which are... More

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Northants
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

We were approached by lots of school kids in the square for our photos and also to interview us - my 12 year old son loved the attention. Lovely area - great place to people watch.

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Palm Bay, Florida
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180 helpful votes 180 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

Lots of people when we visited -- locals as well as tourists. Lots of mimes in the square. The place was really buzzing with action.

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