Chinatown (Glodok)

Attraction Jalan Pancoran No.4 Tamansari Jakarta Pusat DKI Jakarta 11120, Indonesia Published on: 13-11-2015

2 hours
07:00 PM
09:00 PM
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Glodok is touted as the largestChinatown region in the country and one of the largest in the world.

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Why Chinatown (Glodok) is special ?

During Colonial times, commercial opportunities created by the Dutch attracted thousands of people from areas of what is now Indonesia, who flocked towards the city. This also included an enormous influx of immigrants from China who were contracted as skilled artisans, sugar mill workers and shopkeepers. With the number of Chinese risiing rapidly, the Dutch colonial government and locals began to feel threatened by their number.


When in 1720, global sugar prices were reduced by 50% due to increased competition and export from the West Indies, Dutch lords then set a standard price for sugar which caused unrest amongst Chinese sugar merchants. On October 7, 1740, hundreds of ethnic Chinese, mainly from the sugar trade, rose up against the Dutch, killing 50 soldiers. On October 9, 1740, the tragedy now known as Geger Pacinan struck. Rumors of a further uprising caused Dutch soldiers to open fire on Chinese homes where nearly 10,000 ethnic Chinese were massacred. The following year, the remaining Chinese were settled outside Batavia’s city walls, in the area now known as Glodok.



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What to explore at Chinatown (Glodok)?

Strolling through the streets, visitors to the area can revel in the rich history encased in this city within a city. Follow a trail of historical buildings, ancient temples and traditional Chinese architecture.Learn, observe, and go shopping along the way. The name Glodok comes from the Sundanese word "Golodog,” which means‘the entrance to a house,’ as Sunda Kelapa, (now Jakarta,) was once the gateway to the ancient Sunda Kingdom.

Almost anything can be found in the busy Petak Sembilan Market. Groceries, medicine, textiles and food are just a few of the things found in the stalls that line these strikingly Chinese-looking streets. Heavy traffic flow along these roads is a fair indication of the activity of the area.

Right before Jalan Kemenangan III you will find the oldest Buddhist temple in Jakarta, Vihara Dharma Bhakti (Jin De Yuan), built in 1650. Turn right on Jalan Kemenangan III and you’ll see another religious landmark, the Santa Maria de Fatima Church. You can see the strong Chinese influence on this Catholic church in its red doors and the roofs. Across from the church is a culinary gem: Mie Ahin. Famous for their suikiaw (wontons) as well as their noodles, Mie Ahin is hidden behind a gate, so it may take a second look to get to those delicious wantons. The street is also home to another Buddhist temple,Toasebio.

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How to get to Chinatown (Glodok)?

Getting to Glodok Chinatown is fairly easy. Located not far from Stasiun Jakarta Kota, visitors may either take a taxi or ojek (motorbike taxi) or try public transportation such as the TransJakarta Bus, Metromini,or 3-wheeled Bajaj.

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Selling points

  • Vihara in the bustle Chinatown
  • A taste of The Old Batavia
  • Admixture of Cultures
  • Ancient in middle of crazy
  • Culinary & Religious Trip
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Tips for you

  • Take a walk to other small alleys around the corner to see the unseen Jakarta. It's like walking in the movie set of ancient Chinatown where you can see and capture their daily life.
    Things to do
  • Some shops are not accepting credit cards, you need to bring cash with you.
    What to bring
  • You should do it early in the morning as the heat and the scents do nothing but increase as the day goes by.
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  • There’ll a lot of beggar. Don’t bring too much money just to avoid risking being robbed.
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  • Be careful of the pick-pocketers or bad guys around. Mind your personal belongings. Traffic could be the problem around here.
    Safety
  • It is very difficult to drive on these roads inside the market, and you will hardly find a convenient parking place.
    Parking

Reviews

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I go down to Glodok mostly to look for electronics and IT-related devices with good prices. But this really is my last choice and I can only go when I'm in a very good mood. The most disturbing part for me is the pirated DVDs sellers along the sidewalk. They just keep on offering things that are just simply disturbing (especially porn). However, the real Chinatown part is quite nice though compared to the Chinatowns I find in other cities, it is probably not even on the top 10 to visit. What I can vouch for sure is that it's far from touristic.

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it was long2 time ago that you should go there for cheap electronics, home appliances, IT & gadgets. You could get them now with good price in shopping centers & mall with descent air conditioning anywhere in Jakarta. Sometimes you had think of product A with price of 1000, you go there hoping get price 750-800, but later you come home with product B of price 600 while costs you 850! Unless you are looking of old type starting to discontinued products, and you have known all other compares including prices, don't go there.

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One of the largest "Chinatowns" in the world. Simply fascinating long after the mean-spirited riots against its residents in 1998 and the massacre of 5000 of its people in 1740. Visits to the Buddhist temples there are a must...the monks so welcoming and delighted to have you there. So much color, variety and happy families living next to open sewers. Highly recommended!

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I go down to Glodok mostly to look for electronics and IT-related devices with good prices. But this really is my last choice and I can only go when I'm in a very good mood. The most disturbing part for me is the pirated DVDs sellers along the sidewalk. They just keep on offering things that are just simply disturbing (especially porn). However, the real Chinatown part is quite nice though compared to the Chinatowns I find in other cities, it is probably not even on the top 10 to visit. What I can vouch for sure is that it's far from touristic.

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