As a guide, we never expect what kind of person our guest is gonna be. I didn’t either when Alberto booked a walking tour around the Chinatown area in Jakarta. One thing I knew was… He was Italian. That was it.
I met with him in Seven Eleven just a few minutes after 9 am, our meeting time. We directly clicked as I started telling him the long history of Jakarta’s Chinatown. And when we finished exploring an old Chinese house called Candra Naya, we started walking to the traditional market called Petak Sembilan.
During our walk, we talked about a lot of things but the first topic was about Jakarta. It was Alberto’s third visit to Jakarta, “but I never had the chance to explore the city because I am here for business, and always business. So, I only go to meeting place and hotel everyday. Lucky today, I got some time off before flying back.”
Jakarta Good Guide, Wisata Jalan Kaki di Jakarta Selain Mal
Selasa, 20 Oktober 2015
Jakarta Walking Tour participants in front of the residence of Indonesia’s former president, Suharto.
JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – “Jakarta bukan hanya mal”. Itu slogan pertama yang diucapkan Candha saat mengumpulkan para peserta “Menteng Walking Tour” di Taman Suropati, Menteng, Minggu (18/10/2015).
Candha adalah satu dari lima pemandu yang tergabung dalam Jakarta Good Guide, sebuah perkumpulan yang ingin memperkenalkan “sisi historis” Jakarta pada masyarakatnya. Ada banyak peserta yang datang, sebagian besar dari Jakarta dan Bekasi.
“Kita mau minimal orang Jakarta tahu lah tentang Jakarta, nggak cuma mal saja,” terang Candha.
Free Walking Tours conducted from Nov, 1 to Nov, Nov, 30 2015.
Filza and her friend from Singapore in front of the leaning tower of Jakarta.
Hugo and his uncle wanted to explore the old town of Jakarta for a school project. Our guide, Candha, is delighted to help him.
Posing in the middle of a busy traditional market in chinatown.
Our guide, Indra, with participants from Canada, USA, The Netherlands, Japan, and Indonesia visiting one of the oldest temples in Jakarta.
Exotic foods in chinatown traditional market is always interesting to see.
The building behind Florence is one of the most magnificent buildings in the city, it is now the Ministry of Finance.
This old church is our last spot on our Pasar Baru route.
Florence in front of Jakarta Art Building.
Our guide, Candha, with Florence from Malaysia in front of an old post office in Pasar Baru.
Geoffrey is on his 7-month-round-the-world trip and we’re so glad we get to walk with him in the old town area!
Walking in the oldest part of Jakarta.
The Malaysian group was joined by an Indonesian family. Total of 15 people walking together and taking a wefie!
Taking a public bus wasn’t part of the plan, but… it was too hot and we needed a break. Even inside the bus, we stll took pictures!
A group from Malaysian’s KFIT joined our old town walking tour and amazed by how wide the traditional wooden phinisi ships are.
Just before we had lunch to end the walking tour day 1.
The second day, the Malaysian group was joined by 4 Indonesians strolling the china town.
We started our November with a celebration of wisatasekolah.com anniversary. We teamed up to carry out the Chinatown Walking Tour.
With smaller teams, which means more intimate walk, we met in seven eleven Novotel Hotel that has been keeping a hidden treasure, the Candra Naya building. It’s hidden because it is surrounded by a modern building complex and it’s a treasure because the building has a long interesting history, just like the Chinatown itself. Take a look at our walk:
Our guide, Rita Rosary, started the walk with her group.
Group 2, on Pancoran alley.
The end of the walk is just at the end of Gloria Street. Yup. The food alley.
Group 3 in front of St. Maria de Fatima Church.
A wefie is just a must. Group 3 with their guide, Hans.
Joining a walking tour means you can stop by at anytime to taste the local cuisine.
The temple complex of Dharma Bakti.
Group 1 in front of our meeting point, the Candra Naya building.
The final spot, the famous and legendary, Kopi Es Tak Kie.
Partnering with a Barongsai
Cold Coffee at the end of the walk? Because… WHY NOT?!