Jakarta Old Town (Batavia)

Attraction Jalan Kali Besar Timur, Jakarta, Indonesia Published on: 13-11-2015

2 hours
08:00 AM
10:00 AM
First-time visit
Attraction
Historic
Outdoor
Must see
Kids
Free
0.00 USD

Jakarta Old Town (Batavia) is good for

Good for family with kids Family with kids Good
Good for senior Senior Good
Good for couple Couple Good
Good for solo Solo Good
Good for group Group Good
  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Old Town of Jakarta covers a tiny area in the capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta. The special heritage only including a 1,3 square kilometer area crossing North and West Jakarta

Image copyrights belong to authors

Why Jakarta Old Town (Batavia) is special ?

Center of the Old Batavia is the former municipal building or Stadthuis, which is now a Museum depicting Jakarta’s long history, called Museum Fatahillah, while the square is called the Fatahillah Square.


The Fatahillah Museum is built in classical baroque architecture consisting of a main building with two wings on its east and west, acomplementary building used as an office, a court room, and an underground prison. These frightening prison cells contain heavy iron balls used to shackle prisoners and slaves.



This museum houses models of old Dutch ships and the many types of boats used in the archipelago.


Source: http://indonesia.travel/

What to explore at Jakarta Old Town (Batavia)?

Around the square are the Fine Art and Ceramic Museum, one time Court of Justice, which houses splendid paintings of the romantic maestro Raden Saleh, and expressionist Affandi. There is also a collection of ceramics from many parts of Asia.

There is also the Wayang Museum, the Bank Indonesia and Bank Mandiri Museums, housing artefacts related to the banking world.

In the vicinity are the Sion Protestant Church, built in 1695 and still in use until today, the Pasar Ikan – or Fish market, the Kota Intan Drawbridge – a reminder of canals and bridges in Holland, and the old Jakarta Kota Station, also still operational today.

The Café Batavia has been restored and now offers authentic Dutch cuisine, pastries, coffee and tea, in relaxing retro atmosphere with high ceilings, large windows, ceiling fans and wooden beams.

Source: http://indonesia.travel/

Selling points

  • The historical heart of Jakarta.
  • “Batavia, the historical heart of Jakarta.”
  • Amazing ruin of 18 century
  • Real Jakarta
  • The charm of old colonial days
Best 3-day in Jakarta for backpacker

Are you planning a trip to Jakarta? Check out popular trips from our experts. Copy and make it to your own plan. Customize it Now!

Duration
3.0 days
Estimated
105.45 USD
Total travel distance
km
Number of places
12 places

View

Location

Address

Jalan Kali Besar Timur, Jakarta, Indonesia

Plan a trip to Jakarta based on your personalized interests.

Tips for you

  • Don't go alone make sure you’re with some locals to show you a good time and also so you do not get lost in the maze of streets and alleyways, also they can show you the very best places to eat.
    Experience
  • A number of small but very interesting museums, including the MARITIME museum, Fine Arts and Ceramics Museum, Museum of Bank Indonesia, Mandiri Bank Museum, The Wayang Museum and the Historical Museum - each worth a visit.
    What to see

Reviews

TripAdvisor View more

I loved spending time here to enjoy the ancient atmosphere.Luckily they still remained this beauty and kept this place rather well maintained.This was an old part of tge city, with old architectures.Too crowded to totally enjoy. This place was beautiful so it was not so amazed when it was crowded. But I recommend you go with a local or tourguide to make sure you will never get lost.

TripAdvisor View more

I acrually visited Jakarta Tua-- the Old City twice with some Indoneisan friends this year. First time was in the early evening when the Plaza was busy with families eating and playing futbal, as well as tourists-- Got a chace to some fotos of the old buildings and of course, the cannon and just enjoyed walking around.Second time we came in late afternoon- had some light food, and did more walking- taking in some of the nearby Harbor area. The Colonial buildings were great, and we also spent a few minutes in the 'night bazaar' that was setting up on the outside perimiter. Nothing there that I was looking to buy-- but still enjoyable.

TripAdvisor View more

There are some laments that the buildings in this square are not being cared for properly, but I applaud the increasingly ramshackle nature of the colonial area, since it is a photographers' dream. While we were busy snapping away with our small mirrorless cameras we saw several more professional groups in action, placing amateur models in front of broken windows obstructed by vines. It is unique and atmospheric. As a bonus, there is a famous cafe nearby that serves excellent food. Highly recommended.

TripAdvisor View more

I acrually visited Jakarta Tua-- the Old City twice with some Indoneisan friends this year. First time was in the early evening when the Plaza was busy with families eating and playing futbal, as well as tourists-- Got a chace to some fotos of the old buildings and of course, the cannon and just enjoyed walking around.Second time we came in late afternoon- had some light food, and did more walking- taking in some of the nearby Harbor area. The Colonial buildings were great, and we also spent a few minutes in the 'night bazaar' that was setting up on the outside perimiter. Nothing there that I was looking to buy-- but still enjoyable.

0 Comment

Itineraries include Jakarta Old Town (Batavia)

Scroll to top