Old Banten

Old Banten, Serang: Tickets, Tours, Address, Old Banten Reviews: 3.5/5


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Darnel-HDI
Jakarta, Indonesia2,110 contributions
The Heritage of Banten
Nov 2016 • Family
This place was a Fort built during Dutch Occupation. There are many history in it but unfortunately it is not well preserved and maintained.
Written January 1, 2017
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Richard M
Tangerang, Indonesia23 contributions
Great location to visit for history buffs!
Nov 2015
Uncommercialised location, great for those interested in history of Banten, and Indonesia. The walls of the fort are still well preserved, but some of the below ground locations were closed due to snakes. Great photo opportunities, in the fort and around it.
Written April 6, 2016
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Dashari
Jakarta25 contributions
not well managed
Dec 2012 • Family
when we were there the area was dirty and too crowded. too many sellers and it was hard to find a good spot just to enjoy the views.it seemed local visitors were dominant.
Written February 23, 2013
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Raymond W
Townsville, Australia4,551 contributions
The Last Vestiges of a Great Power
Nov 2011 • Couples
At one point, around 500 years ago, Banten was one of the greatest cities of Southeast Asia, with 1000 junks arriving from China every year to buy Bantenese pepper. The Sultan of Banten controlled most of the western end of Java and the southern tip of Sumatra too, giving him control over the strategic and valuable Sunda Strait. All that came to an end with the arrival of European explorers and colonizers. By the 17th century the Dutch had flattened most of Old Banten and established their own entrepot 80 kms away in Jakarta.

So much for the history. Today Banten is a sleepy fishing village and pilgrimage site with an enormous fort, a ruined palace, a beautiful mosque, a Chinese temple and some old tombs and cannons to show for its hundreds of years of history. The Great Mosque with its lighthouse style minaret is the single most impressive site though we also greatly enjoyed the fort. This part of Java is incredibly hot in the middle of the day, so try and make a trip out here early in the morning.
Written July 21, 2012
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