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Review of Chinatown (Glodok)

Chinatown (Glodok)
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Jakarta Chinatown Discovery with Lunch and Coffee
Ranked #34 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 July 18, 2013

the place is not really as touristic as it can be, for a chinatown i would be expecting more but.... there are few great vendor that sells nice food though

1  Thank Lani D
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Reviewed June 14, 2013

I visited Glodok over a Sunday in June 2013. Most of the activity seems to be centred around Jl. Pancoran next to Pasar Glodok. Despite the inclement weather, it was still very much active on a Sunday evening, with numerous street vendors and a little alley market that seemed to be selling food. There were a lot of shops where its Chinese owned ethnicity was clear; words written in Chinese and catering to many Indonesian Chinese customers. This Chinatown doesn't look like other stereotypical Chinatowns in other cities; no neon signs, not much red or giant Chinese symbols or characters around. There're some small streets off the main road which could interest you, but the general character of this place is pretty run-down.

4  Thank timothyseanfang
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

is nice place, easy to find local food, many kind diffrent food old style chines food, but the gouverment must take attention to manage this area so could become one of tourist attraction site

Thank ong_giri
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

Glodok was traditionally the Chinese area of Batavia that the Dutch set aside for the Chinese who provided the colony with essential services. Typically, the Chinese were expert traders having wide networks of connected people especially abroad when it came to money. They were also experts in organised crime, gambling, stealing, forming gangs & pimping women. Their secret to tasty BBQ pork was a major reason for their wealth which the Dutch liked the most.

Today Glodok is a rundown inner city area but remains the largest Chinatown in Indonesia. Typically the place to go to buy pirated DVDs, music, games, smutty content & cheap Viagra. Pasar Glodok is the multi-storey electronics capital where you can buy cheap junk & anything else that beeps & flashes. Just around the corner from Pasar Glodok, there is a grubby covered DVD market, truly a paradise for pirates & bored housewives, where entire TV series go for a few dollars. This is the sort of environment that flourishes when you cross a Chinese with an Indonesian. Not surprisingly the backstreets are also the place to get a drunken massage any day of the week.

Also home to one of the best nightclubs, Stadium, famous for its underground vibe, drugs & occasional police raid, open 120 hours from Thursday to Tuesday.

During the 1998 Jakarta riots, as reported by the US State Department, Indonesian Special Forces soldiers – Kopassus, directed the rampaging mobs to attack the ethnic Chinese which lead to the mass gang raping’s of thousands of Chinese-Indonesian women & the looting of the electronic stores by protestors, they used the same tactics in East Timor during the independence vote in 2002. The gang raping to death of young women made international headlines but the low-ballers who instigated much of the violence have yet to face any justice.

7  Thank The_Pale_Ridah
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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

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