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Fatahillah Square

Old Batavia, Jakarta, Indonesia
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As featured in 3 days in Jakarta
Ranked #25 of 75 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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Jakarta
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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
40 helpful votes 40 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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58 reviews 58 reviews
7 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
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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1,005 reviews 1,005 reviews
843 attraction reviews
332 helpful votes 332 helpful votes
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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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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238 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 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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Surabaya, Indonesia
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53 reviews 53 reviews
18 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

When you see the modern of Jakarta, maybe you will be curious what happen in the past. And Fatahillah is the center of state in the past. When you visit this place, make sure read the history first, and the you can started enjoy the place using your imagination. Its a quite romantic place if you can feel the atmosfer... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

The whole place will brings u back to the past. some of the building is not manage properly but overall is nice to visit. quite number of small shops to get keychains and some handicraft and very cheap. quite crowded on sunday.

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