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“Largely dilapidated place, but with lots of potential” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Jakarta Old Town

Jakarta Old Town
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Private Tour: Discover Jakarta Old Town with Dinner
Ranked #13 of 262 things to do in Jakarta
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This is the old city of Batavia. Rundown, picturesque and a great night market.
Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Largely dilapidated place, but with lots of potential”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2013

I agree with many of the reviewers below - this place is truly in need of some sort of rejuvenation. I went to Kota on a Sunday and it was extremely packed, with many Jakartans crowded in the square to watch some street performances and the like. Many street vendors selling all sorts of knick-knacks were also there. Cafe Batavia is not bad - the 2nd storey has a good view of the square below, and of the history museum; the restored Dutch building it's housed in is also very nice.

But what is more depressing is the general state of neglect that seems to have befallen this area. Just right next to the restored Cafe Batavia is a neglected old building that has half its roof caved in - in fact, all around the square buildings that could have looked very nice ages ago have all decayed and fallen to bits. Interested to see if there were any other notable sights, I even crossed the canal (which is also not the most aromatic nor most pleasant one around) to have a look, but the general condition of the buildings together with their seeming abandoned condition made me do a double-take.

Having said that, there are some very nice sights to see - the history museum, Cafe Batavia, Pos Indonesia, Bank Indonesia and Kota train station are all very nicely restored, but other than that the general neglect is quite depressing. I hear there's a plan to refurbish many of the colonial-era structures - if so, that would be a great shot in the arm for this place.

Visited June 2013
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“Its good to have an old town as a classic part of the current life. Just need to maintain the environment to be clean.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2013

Nice view, keep the clean environment so everyone can enjoy the surrounding.. have an example from our neighbor Singapore for Clark Quey.. it can be a cozy and favorite place to go..

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“Not much to watch”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2013 via mobile

Actually, I visited Old Town in June 2009, but there is no choice to the time that far. I found the place is interesting at the beginning, but besides the museum of Fatahillah and Cafe Batavia, only the buildings structure that interested me. The park condition was poor and too crowded. The museum interior itself was good and you would feel back in 18-19th century, but "scent of less-maintained area" was more prominent. This place is good for taking pictures, but in my opinion, the positive things stop there.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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“Djakarta Oldie”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

I love to visit this place. I feel the nuances so oldie but alive. I can feel that i'm in the middle of history (between yesterday and present). Dutch in Indonesia so much influence the Indo's history and heritage. But what I most like is that Batavia become the icon of the Oldie Djakarta!

Visited March 2013
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“great people place, cool marionette museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

the Old Town Jakarta is largely the area surrounding the square old town center. I was there on a weekend when the street performers and vendors are at their most active. the marionette museum off the side of the square is the best $0.50 you'll ever spend--air conditioned, great puppets and marionettes and a free punch and judy show. wander outside the square for two blocks in any direction and see the remnants of the old town and canals for another side of Jakarta. I was there during the day; they say the charactor of the old town changes at night. its worth the trip.

Visited May 2013
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