We were driving in the middle of the city when Catherine popped up a question that was more like a statement.
“Corruption in Indonesia is really bad, right?”
I wasn’t too shocked though, such question appeared few times before Catherine and I always try to answer it diplomatically, one skill every guide must possess.
“Well, the government and the people are at a battle with corruption at the moment. It hasn’t finished yet but hopefully it gets better in the near future”, I answered with confident, not knowing that my confidence would be shattered in the next seconds when Catherine told me what had happened to her. Continue reading “The Tour With Surprising Statements”→
Regular Walking Tour Options (Recommended for visitors/tourists): OLD TOWN Walking Tour: every Monday, Thursday, and Sunday at 9am. CHINATOWN Walking Tour: every Tuesday & Friday at 9am. CITY CENTER Walking Tour: every Wednesday & Saturday at 9am. OLD TOWN AT NIGHT Walking Tour: every Saturday at 630pm. STREET FOOD TOUR* Walking Tour: Monday to Friday at 6.30pm (Foreigners only | IDR100.000/pax)
Regular Route Details:
1. Old town – this is where it all started. Experience Jakarta (Batavia then) in the Dutch colonial time.
Di sini semuanya dimulai. Jelajahi Jakarta (dahulu Batavia) di masa kolonial Belanda. The walk pases: Jakartakota train station, Sunda Kelapa Old Harbour, Syahbandar Tower, Dutch Drawbridge, Fatahillah Square, OLVEH building.
Melewati: Stasiun Jakartakota, Pelabuhan Sunda Kelapa, Menara Syahbandar, Jembatan Kota Intan, Lapangan Fatahillah, Gedung OLVEH.
2. Chinatown – walk inside Jakarta’s oldest chinatown with the traditional market and temples.
Berjalan di dalam pecinan tertua di kota Jakarta dengan pasar tradisional ciri khas dan klenteng klenteng tua. The walk passes: Old Chinese house – Candranaya, Petak Sembilan traditional market, Dharma Bakti temple, St. Maria de Fatima church, Toa Se Bio temple, Gloria food alley.
Melewati: Rumah Mayor-Candra Naya, Pasar Petak Sembilan, klenteng Dharma Bhakti, Gereja Santa Maria de Fatima, klenteng Toa Se Bio, Gang Kalimati, Gang Gloria.
3. City centre 1 – the route highlights some of the most important landmarks in the modern Jakarta
Rute ini melewati beberapa bangunan terpenting di Jakarta yang modern. The walk passes: National Museum, Court of Constitution, National Monument, Presidential Palace, the Great Mosque Istiqlal, Jakarta Cathedral.
Melewati: Museum Nasional, Mahkamah Konstitusi, Monumen Nasional, Istana Merdeka, Masjid Istiqlal, Katedral Jakarta.
Weekend in October
Museum tour in October
Other (Weekend) Routes:
1. Menteng – one of the nicest neighbourhoods in the city with some interesting historical stories. The walk passes: Suropati park, Bappenas building, Declaration of Independence Museum, Obama’s school, The Great General Museum, Kunstkring Art Gallery, Cut Meutia Mosque.
2. Pasar baru – the name might mean “new”, but there’s nothing new about this area. Old buildings, market, holy places can be found in the neighbourbood. The walk passes: Santa Ursula school, Jakarta Philately Building, Jakarta Art Building, Antara Gallery, Pasar Baru, Gang Kelinci Noodle, PNIEL old church.
3. Cikini – Walk among the busy streets and tall buildings of the city and find secret stories. The walk passes: Gedung Juang 45, Taman Ismail Marzuki, SMPN 1 Jakarta, Perguruan Cikini, Pasar Surabaya (Surabaya Antique Market).
4. Jatinegara – One of Jakarta’s busiest trading centers that holds historical values and religious tolerance. The walk passes: Jatinegara train station, Koinonia church, Amurva Bhumi Temple, Al Anwar Mosque, Jatinegara Gems Centre. 5. City Center 2 – It’s the other part of Jakarta’s City Center. You will find government buildings housed in the Dutch colonial buildings. Let’s find the stories behind the buildings! The walk passes: Banteng Square, Pancasila building, Immanuel Church, National Gallery, Tugu Pahlawan (Heroes Monument), Balai Kota (City Hall).
6. Thamrin – Let’s walk under the skyscrapers of Jakarta and find out the stories of modern Jakarta. The walk passes: Hotel Indonesia – HI Roundabout – Sarinah – St. Theresa Church – Bank Indonesia HQ – Thamrin statue. 7. Cilincing – Let’s walk in North Jakarta’s historical seaside area and explore the dynamic life of the people and the stories behind the interesting places. The walk passes: Fisherman Village – Mussels Farming – Cilincing Crematory – Segara Shrine – Fish Market – Al Alam Mosque – Lattavistara Monastery.
8. Blok M – It’s one of the most popular business, shopping, and entertainment districts in South Jakarta. The walk passes: Police Museum – Al Azhar Mosque – ASEAN Headquarter – Atroeny General’s Office – Little Tokyo – Bulungan – Ayodya Park. 9. Oranje Boulevard – Stroll around the upscale neighbourhood full of historical events and pass embasies of friendly countries. The walk passes: Taman Suropati – Metropole – Taman Diponegoro – Eijkmann Building – RSCM – University of Indonesia – Embassies of friendly countries. 10. Molenvliet – It’s a historical area once was called Molenvliet. The walk passes: Hotel Sriwijaya – Jalan Pecenongan – Jiwasraya Building – Harmoni – gedung Arsip Nasional.
11. Tanah Abang – You know the name, you hear the story, let’s get deeper. There’s more than congested streets, noisy vehicles, and chaotic market in the area. The walk passes: Textile Museum – Hok Tek Tjeng Sin Temple – Blok B Tanah Abang – Al Ma’mur Mosque – Goat Market – Teater Populer. 12. Manggarai – Named after an ethnic group in Flores, find out the stories behind the busy terminal and train station also the important figures who once lived in the area. The walk passes: Museum Sasmita Loka Ahmad Yani – Pasar Rumput – Manggarai Station – Obama’s House – Griya Gus Dur – RPTRA Amir Hamzah
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1. City Center
This route passes : National Museum, Court of Constitution, National Monument, Independent Palace, Supreme Court, Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta’s Cathedral, and Immanuel Church.
Meeting Point : In front of National Museum of Indonesia (Museum Gajah).
This route passes : Museum of The Declaration of Independence, Bappenas building, Obama’s School, Suropati Park, Museum of Great General Nasution, Kunstkring Art Gallery, Cut Meutia Mosque.
Meeting Point : Suropati Park (Near an art installation made by a Philippine artist called Rebirth).
This route passes : Petak Sembilan traditional market, Gloria Food alley, Dharma Bhakti Temple, St. Maria de Fatima Church.
Meeting Point : Seven Eleven Novotel Hotel Gajah Mada.
4. Old Town
This route passes : Museum of Bank of Indonesia, Fatahillah Square, Toko Merah, Kota Intan Bridge, Kota Train Station.
Meeting Point : In front of Museum Mandiri.
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