After a year, we finally open a new route… Pasar Baru. Why Pasar Baru?
There are several good reasons why we decided to walk in Pasar Baru area. First and foremost, it has a lot of stories! The perks of a walking tour is you get to hear stories of what happened in the area centuries ago, and look closer of the silent witnesses, those are buildings, river, ruins, temples, or everything around it.
Pasar Baru, existed in 1820, surely has a major impact in shaping the culture of Jakarta. This was the Niew Batavia when the Dutch colonial government decided to move the capital a bit to the South because the Oud Batavia was too polluted and too crowded.
Anyway, these are the buildings you will see if you join our walking tour – Pasar Baru :
- Santa Ursula.
It’s one of the oldest Catholic schools in the city. Come and see the architecture of the building while listening to the story of how the Ursulin sisters reached Batavia in 1857 and built the Santa Ursula building in 1859.
- Gedung Filateli Jakarta (Jakarta Philately Building).
Built as an office for Post, Telephone, and Telegraph in between 1912 – 1929. The street in front of the building was then named Post Weg. Post offices were always built in the central of a city because it used to have a significant role for government communication.
- Gedung Kesenian Jakarta (Jakarta Art Building).
Daendels, Dutch governor general at that time, had the idea to build a building for performing art but he didn’t make it. It was Raffles who first built a bamboo building for performing art to entertain British soldiers, in 1814. The building then changed its function several times.
- Galeri Antara (Antara Gallery).
If we’re lucky, we might come and see photo or art exhibition held in the gallery for free, but even if we’re not, we can still stare the building where the news about Indonesian independence was spread through a radio by Adam Malik.
- Pasar Baru street.
Walk along the street among the shops and have a window-shopping. Teased to shop? Sure you can.
- Toko Kompak.
An abandoned old Chinese house that turned to a shop. The details of the decoration of the building is magnificent. Find the story behind the building and be amazed.
- Kelenteng Sin Tek Bio (Sin Tek Bio temple).
A very modest temple in a (now) narrow street of Pasar Baru, surrounded by tall buildings and shops. Pasar Baru was another Chinatown beside Glodok, so it’s very normal to have a temple here. So, what are the differences of Glodok and Pasar Baru and their temples? Walk with us and find out the answer.
- Gereja Ayam (PNIEL church).
The church has just celebrated its 102 Anniversary. Yep, it’s been there for more than a century. It was built in 1913 by one of the most famous Dutch architects at that time, Hulswit. Its official name was “Gereja Baru” or “New Church” but people has known it by the name “Gereja Ayam” because there’s a rooster on top of the roof of it. In 1953, the government changed its name to Gereja PNIEL.
Come and join us to see and hear more about the area. There are so many food stalls around the area for those of you who dare to try some local cuisine.