Chinatown Walking Tour

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This is the real Chinatown in Jakarta! You will find real people doing real activities; trading, praying, sipping coffee, and everything in between. If you like to meet locals doing their activities, you want to join this tour!

The meeting point of the tour is in Seven Eleven in Hotel Novotel on Gajah Mada street, you will not miss this popular hotel building. If you take the Transjakarta bus, take the one that goes to KOTA (line 1) and stop at OLIMO bus stop, go to your left and get down the bridge and walk straight approximately 200m and the Novotel hotel is on your left. The Seven Eleven is just around the corner.

The walk starts by exploring an old Chinese-styled house in the complex of the Novotel Hotel. You will see blend of the old house and the modern hotel-office-apartment complex. From here, we will walk to Jalan Pancoran. Be careful as the sidewalks aren’t always pedestrian-friendly. You will find cars parking on the sidewalk or street sellers occupy the space. Don’t use your smartphone while walking on the road, put it in your pocket.

We will enter the wet traditional market of Petak Sembilan but before that, our guide will tell you about what happened during the area in 1998, an unpleasant event in the area. Later, you will enter the busy Petak Sembilan alley where you will find exotic animals for food like frogs, sea cucumbers, and so much more.

At the end of the market, existed an old temple and a neighbourhood ready to explore. You will find an old church also another narrow alley full of street foods and fruits. Try Salak (snakeskin fruit) or tape (fermented cassava). They’re our favorites! Even if you don’t like them, at least you have tried them… 🙂

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The end of the walk will be in Gloria alley, an alley full of delicious foods! From Sekba (pork belly) to Mie Kangkung (water spinach noodle). Oh, and you must try the Iced Coffee in the old Tak Kie coffee shop. Their signature drink is the iced coffee mixed with condensed milk, so it’s sweet!

Duration: 2 hours.
Length of walk: 2 kms.
Stop Spots: Candra Naya old house – Petak Sembilan market – Dharma Bhakti temple – Santa Maria de Fatima church – Toa Se Bio temple – Gloria food alley.
Recommended Places to Hang Out:
1. Pantjoran Tea House (https://goo.gl/maps/7WSrGAKfWYr ).
2. Es Kopi Tak Kie (https://goo.gl/maps/zWUHGxFr1pP2 ).
3. Kopi Oey Candra Naya (https://goo.gl/maps/1p3ARKoA5Wo ).
Recommended Hostels:
1. Teduh Hostel (https://goo.gl/maps/oNgY5m3gtL12 ).
Jl. Jalan Pintu Besar Selatan No 82m, Jakarta Barat.
+62 21 6900939 – +62 21 6904398
http://www.teduh-hostel.com/
2. The Packer Lodge (https://goo.gl/maps/zbXSf8vbVqD2 ).
Jl. Kemurnian IV no. 20-22, Jakarta Barat 11120.
+62 (21) 6290162
http://www.thepackerlodge.com/

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