Jakarta Food Tour: Sabang on Media Indonesia

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Jakarta Walking Tours in February 2016

Can’t believe it’s the second month of the year already! Busy. Busy. Busy.

Frequently Asked Questions (and the answers)

The enthusiasm of people who want to join our walking tours is enormous and we are thrilled! Thank you, people! However, we are aware that there are some confusions and we hope this will help answering your questions:

  1. What is Jakarta Walking Tour?
    Well, it’s a tour…on foot. You will be accompanied by one of our guides to some of the most interesting parts of Jakarta. Like a guide, he/she will tell you the stories behind buildings, streets, or areas.
  2. How many routes are there?
    There are 6 and each one of them is unique and interesting.
  3. Which one do you recommend for a first-timer?
    If this is your first visit to J-town, the City Center route will show you the modern part and some highlights of Jakarta. The Old Town route is definitely a must because this is the story of Jakarta began.
  4. How do we join your walking tour?
    Email us: jakartagoodguide@gmail.com or whatsapp: +628567669954 and tell us the date you wish to join our walking tour. If there is a reservation for one particular route, we recommend you to join the group but if the date is still available, then you can choose which route you want to do.
  5. Where is the meeting place?
    The meeting point depends on which route you are going to walk. We will inform you the meeting point as soon as you book our walking tour.
  6. How much do we pay for the walking tour?
    Well, it’s a pay-as-you-wish walking tour, so you are free to tip the guide as much (or as little) as you wish, depending on your satisfaction towards his service. 🙂
  7. How far is the walk?
    It is about 3-5 kms, depending on the route you choose.
  8. How long does the walking tour take?
    It takes around 2-3 hours, depending on the number of people joining the group and of course, the duration you take to take pictures. 🙂
  9. What’s the minimum and maximum number of participants of the walking tour?
    We will walk with only 1 person and we believe one guide can only handle maximum 15 people, so we limit the participants to only 15.

National history comes alive in a walking tour through Cikini

Safrin La Batu, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Jakarta | Sat, February 06 2016, 3:23 PM

Twenty-four-year-old Desy Setyo raptly listened to guide Candha Adwitiyo as the latter briefed her group on the historic buildings they were set to visit over the course of a two-hour walking tour in Cikini, Central Jakarta.

“I often pass this area, but I don’t know much about its history,” said Desy, who has been in Jakarta
for a year.

The private-sector employee said she had joined the tour because she loved history, adding that she planned to visit other historic parts of the city to gain further insight.

Another participant in the recent tour, Diana Simorang, 29, said she had been unaware that many important national events had occurred in Cikini. “I’m a Jakartan, but I knew very little about this area,” she said.

The tour began at an old white building called the Joang 45 Museum —joang is an old spelling of juang, which means “struggle”— on Jl. Menteng Raya.

Candha said the building initially served as a hotel in the 1920s, before being used to house Indonesian students when Japanese troops occupied what was then Batavia in the 1940s.

“Japan housed young Indonesians to indoctrinate them with the idea that Japan was the right leader for Asia,” Candha explained.

Some youths housed in the hotel were immune to the propaganda, though, and secretly gathered the other youths to teach them about political movements, thus conceiving the plan for the declaration of Indonesian independence, said Candha.

“This museum plays a significant role in our independence,” he said.

The guide then invited the group to visit an old post office on Jl. Cikini Raya, around five minutes’ walk from the museum.

The group lingered a while at the European-style post office. Candha told each of the participants to send a postcard to anyone they wanted to “experience the sensation of sending physical letters”.

Another couple of minutes’ walk and into the tourists’ sight came the Cikini Teachers’ Foundation schools complex where, the guide said, all of first president Sukarno’s children had studied, and where an attempt to assassinate Sukarno had been made.

In the complex, in November 1957, a man threw five grenades, one of which did not explode, toward Sukarno. According to Candha, the grenades failed to kill the president because he was protected by his security guards, but the explosion did kill nine students and a pregnant woman and injured 50 others.

Before ending the tour, Candha took the group to Jl. Surabaya, located not far from the schools complex, inviting the group to browse the vintage items on sale there.

The tour was organized by the Jakarta Good Guide and is one route among many, including Menteng and Pasar Baru in Central Jakarta. To book a tour, participants can contact jakartagoodguide@gmail.com. The tour is free but donations are welcome.

– See more at: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/02/06/national-history-comes-alive-a-walking-tour-through-cikini.html#sthash.L1QLugpY.dpuf