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“Chinese new year”
Review of Chinatown (Glodok)

Chinatown (Glodok)
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Jakarta Chinatown Discovery with Lunch and Coffee
Ranked #28 of 290 things to do in Jakarta
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Chinatown of Jakarta began long before Indonesia existed as a nation and was originally the Chinatown of Batavia. This was the area where the Dutch required the Chinese to live. Today, the whole area is called Glodok and includes traditional houses, markets, architecture and some very beautiful Chinese temples; the Da Shi Miao and the Vihara Dharma Bhakti temples are both popular tourist attractions. The Glodok Market is one of the great commercial centers of Jakarta where you can buy everything from antiques to laptops.
Reviewed February 16, 2013

The weather wasnt good at all when I came here. It was raining heavily. However, if you are interested, this place is a very good place for you to learn about chinese stuffs such as their cultures, etc. You can buy foods on the streets NEARLY everywhere. I recommend you try 'bakpao', its d e l i c i o u s :9

Thank Jessicatalogo
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Reviewed February 1, 2013

Did not realize the influence of the Chinese in Jakarta until I visited Chinatown. Great place to visit for a selection of food as well

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Reviewed January 30, 2013

Love the food sells around them and the art souvenirs too. Great spot for photography especially around Chinese New year!!

Thank rizalsatyadi
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Reviewed January 25, 2013

I was born into an Indonesian Family of mix cultures, a marriage between Chinese, Betawi, Javanese, Indo European and Dutch by traditions, eduation and blood. During The WWII, families frm my mother and father sidess all lived in the vicinity of The Old China Town.

On the streets, you still can see a row of old style Chinese houses. Unfortunately, no renovation project and the business center Glodok has been turned modern shabby buildings. But it is still interesting. Just on New Years day, January 1st, 2013, I took a walk along the small alley, the old name Toa She Biao. I am so glad I went, bc recent flood in Jakarta, has probably damaged life in those China Town Alleys. Anyway, I love The Old, along The Toa She Biao alley, you can see vendors of vegetables and fruits, and all kinds of food, desserts and yummy noodle soup. It is such a fond walk, as my deceased father used to visit and walk in the neighbourhood. In his old frail age being taken care of the community.

On New Years day, I and my friend went a little shopping. You can find trinkets like semi precious stones and coins frm China. We had good noodle soup at a small humble noodle place. There is also Calligraphy shop where you can order wooden carving Calligraphy. I really hope they survived the flood.

At the end this small alley, there is a street leading to a Small Traditional Red Temple of Jakarta Hinese Buddhist. I usually go to The Temple that is further down the street. It is bigger and more alive with all kinds of Visitors Praying. As usual this Temple was full of Visitors on New Year. I am not familiar with all The Intriques of Indonesian Chinese Buddhist, although The Essence of Buddhism is The Same : Wisdom Loving Kindness.

Visitors to Jakarta probably do not know, the back alleys in China Town. The Folk Cultures of Batavian Mix Chinese, like The Dance of The Barongsai, The Red Lantern of Good Luck symbol. All The Red Color of Auspiciousness of Cheong Sam for this Coming New Year: Water Snake Year ! There is usually Rain to Welcome The Lunar New Year as a Sign of Good Luck, but this Year, there is too much. I haven't even surveyed the Old Alleys yet hopefully, hopefully all the friends are all right. We want to see that The Old Sweet Cultures and Traditions living in Loving Kindness Community thrive on. Anyone, who is concerned about the flood damage in Jakarta, please donate. Thank You ! Thank You ! On this Day of a Humble New Beginning before The Lunar New Year, 2013 !

3  Thank Iks S
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Reviewed January 25, 2013

I prefer to not go unless I have a serious matter to do in Glodok. It was nice to look around but I guess the whole area were just too crowded. Nice place to seek for Chinese books indeed.

Thank AliraDwipayana
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