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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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Central Square

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed November 11, 2014
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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164 reviews 164 reviews
104 attraction reviews
181 helpful votes 181 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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115 reviews 115 reviews
31 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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Tralee, Ireland
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425 reviews 425 reviews
231 attraction reviews
263 helpful votes 263 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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222 reviews 222 reviews
70 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 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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206 reviews 206 reviews
154 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 via mobile

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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14 reviews 14 reviews
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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Jakarta, Indonesia
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53 reviews 53 reviews
24 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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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72 reviews 72 reviews
42 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 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
34 helpful votes 34 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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