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“Back to the past”
Review of Fatahillah Square

Fatahillah Square
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$60.00*
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Private Tour: The Old Batavia Trail from Jakarta
Ranked #17 of 276 things to do in Jakarta
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed February 16, 2014

The whole place will brings u back to the past.
some of the building is not manage properly but overall is nice to visit.
quite number of small shops to get keychains and some handicraft and very cheap.

quite crowded on sunday.

Thank Ragu88
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Reviewed January 1, 2014

Fatahillah Square may have buildings which have seen better days however it was fascinating to watch the local people enjoying family, fun and friends here. There were buskers entertaining the crowds and families enjoying the colorful bikes, photos being taken everywhere and a lot of laughter. A significant part of Indonesian life. Check whether museums are open - usually not on a Monday.

1  Thank Tracy R
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

The Dutch East India Company governed Jakarta from 1619 renaming it Batavia. Their city's heart was this cobblestone square, Taman Fatahillah.. and it is here where the most buildings from that era are located in Jakarta. Unfortunately the buildings are crumbling away.. doesn't seem to be any restorations happening.. . On the south side is the old town hall, which dates from 1627. It is now the Jakarta History Museum .a great insight into the colourful beginnings of Jakarta. On the west side of the square is the Wayang museum, housing an impressive collection of puppets from all over Indonesia.The famous Cafe Batavia on the northern side is a great place to escape the heat ,relax and from an upstairs table continue watching the squares activities.. Coluored rental bikes to tour around are plentiful.. Fatahillah square is a busy place – The day of our visit the square was full of activity... street performers, stalls & peddlers selling a variety of food... as a tourist it was wonderful to observe the locals socialising and enjoying their "square"

2  Thank maureenSunshineCoast
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

We visited Fatahillah Square as part of a full-day city tour. It's a relatively large square, primarily used back then by the Dutch for executions by hanging, primarily hanging criminals and seditious locals. The primary edifice was the Governor's Palace, transformed into the Jakarta History Museum. Above the palace was the bell tower, used to summon the locals to a hanging "event". It's a must-visit to see pictures, prints, and physical remnants of the city's 300 years of Dutch colonial rule.

The other interesting structure is Cafe Batavia, which used to be the governor's private residence. Much of the edifice has been preserved, thank goodness, and you can imagine the reception room, bedroom, library. At this time, Cafe Batavia serves pretty decent - and might I add- cheap food. But for the history alone, it's worth spending a lunch or afternoon break in Cafe Batavia.

The square itself is pretty empty, with only the bike rental guy doing any sort of business.

2  Thank JGR001
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

We had lunch at the Batavia cafe overlooking the square. Good experience. However the square itself is not well maintained. Surprising for a square of this importance. Colored rental bikes to tour around was fun.1 hour rental would be adequate for a cycle rental to Tour the Square and neighborhood. Negotiate for the rental.

Thank Cjlego
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