Train, Bus | To Wisata Kota Tua / Old Town Tourism - Jakarta History
Museum, Maritime Museum, Cafe Batavia, Sunda Kelapa Port, Wayang/Puppet Museum, Red Shop,
Bank Indonesia Museum, Bank Mandiri Museum, Harbour Master Tower, Kota Post Office
and Art Gallery, Fatahilah Square.
Jakarta Tourist Guide:
Kota Tua Jakarta (literally translated as Jakarta Old Town) is a heritage tourist attraction
where visitors can observe the many colonial architectural heritages of Dutch East
Indies era in Indonesia.
Especially during weekends and national holidays, Kota Tua Jakarta (named Batavia during the
Dutch East Indies era in Indonesia) is crowded with holiday makers. So what are there
to observe at Todays's Old Batavia ?
Taman Fatahillah / The Fatahillah Square
The Fatahillah square is a large space belonging to Jakarta Kota Tua tourism area which is
surrounded by historical colonial buildings such as The Fatahillah Museum, The Wayang/Puppet
Museum, The Arts and Ceramics Museum, The Kota Post Office, etc.
Museum Sejarah Jakarta / The Fatahillah Jakarta History Museum
In this museum are displayed thousands of artifacts representing the History of Jakarta
from the days back when Jakarta was still named Sunda Kelapa. Here also you can see
an underground dungeon where Pangeran/Prince Diponogoro - the Indonesian freedom
fighter was jailed.
Museum Wayang / The Puppet Museum.
Huge collections of puppets from not only all regions of Indonesia but also
puppets from Indonesia's neighboring countries such as China and Thailand
are exhibited in this museum.
Museum Seni Rupa dan Keramik / The Fine Arts and Ceramics Museums.
Museum Seni Rupa dan Keramik houses hundreds of fine art creations including paintings of
best Indonesian painters such as Basuki Abdulllah and Raden Saleh.
Museum Bahari / The Maritime Museum
During the Dutch East Indies era, the buildings were used as VOC warehouses to store
various kinds of cargo to be shipped to various Asian and European ports. The museum
was on fire in January 2018, and restoration has not been carried out as of date. Near
the Museum Bahari stand the Harbour Master Tower or The Menara Syahbandar which was used
as the watch tower until late 19th century, that was before Tanjung Priok harbour
started operation in 1886.
Here is the perfect place to enjoy Dutch East India cuisine. The colonial historical
building where Cafe Batavia is housed was built in 1830.
Toko Merah / The Red Shop
Built in 1730 during Ducth East Indies era on 2,471 square meters of land plot,
The Toko Merah building was initially used as the residence of the Governor-General
of the Dutch East Indies Baron van Imhoff. After changing function several times,
now Toko Merah is privately owned.
Old port of Sunda Kelapa
Until the late 19th century, or until 1886 to be precise, that was before newly built
Tanjung Priok port started operation, Sunda Kelapa was the main port of Batavia
Kota Post Office and Art Gallery.
The post office building was built in 1929 and until today it is still functioning
as a post office.
The Bank Indonesia Museum.
Before establishment of Bank Indonesia in 1953, banking activies used Gulden currency
issued by "De Javasche Bank". History on nationalization of "De Javasche Bank" to
become Bank Indonesia and collection of currencies can be observed in this museum.
The Bank Mandiri Museum.
This museum represents the transition of colonial era banking system to the start of
modern banking sytem.
Then how to get to this heritage tourism area?
Other than using hired car or taxi, you can ride Transjakarta Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)
or KRL Jabodetabek Commuter Rail service.
Wisata Kota Tua Jakarta is within walking distance from Kota BRT Station and
Jakarta Kota Commuter Train Station.