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Fatahillah Square

Address: Old Batavia, Jakarta, Indonesia
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Ranked #26 of 63 Attractions in Jakarta
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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...
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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 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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Lille, France
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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
10 helpful votes 10 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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833 reviews 833 reviews
499 attraction reviews
200 helpful votes 200 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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115 reviews 115 reviews
74 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 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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100 reviews 100 reviews
27 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 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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Tralee, Ireland
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339 reviews 339 reviews
190 attraction reviews
188 helpful votes 188 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

The main building was being renovated and was screened off The local shops don't have much Some students hanging around Long taxi ride but taxis are cheap safe and reliable in Jakarta Traffic is bad though

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Saudi Arabia
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210 reviews 210 reviews
70 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 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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173 reviews 173 reviews
127 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 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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11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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