Old Town Walking Tour

 

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This is the most popular route in our Jakarta Walking Tour every year. We believe one of the reasons is because the old town offers beautiful ancient buildings built during the colonial time with interesting historical facts.

The meeting point is easy to find. If you take commuter line, you need to stop at JAKARTAKOTA train station, it’s one of the biggest, oldest, and one busiest train stations in the capital city. And if you take the Transjakarta bus, go to KOTA bus terminal and go under the tunnel to the station. Once you get there, find Starbucks and we’ll be right in front of the entrance of the Starbucks. If you need help finding it, check the googlemap location HERE

The walk will start by a little introduction about the area around the train station by our guide, then we will go into a tunnel to cross the busy intersection and find ourselves on the other side of the road to see the gorgeous Mandiri museum and stop at Museum Bank Indonesia. After listening to the long fascinating story of the building we will take an angkot (a minibus public transportation) to Sunda Kelapa old port. Be amazed with the huge phinishi boats here. It’s an active port, so look around when you want to take pictures. We’re sure you want to take pictures!

Going out of the old port, the next stop is Jakarta’s leaning tower. Yes, we do have one! Witness it yourself and find out why it’s leaning towards the road. Be careful crossing the road because heavy trucks and containers pass this street a lot. It’s the way to Jakarta’s sea ports.

Not far from the tower, you will see an empty impressive building that once was a shipyard. After that, our guide will take you to the only remaining Dutch drawbridge in the city.  Here, we get closer to the central of the old town of Jakarta and notice the importance of the area because of the number of economy-related buildings in the area, e.g., ex-banks, ex-insurance companies, etc.

The final stop is the main square of Batavia where you will find ex-governmental buildings and other vital buildings. The square holds a dark history as it was the place for executions for prisoners during the 17th-18th century. Walk with us and find more about the story!

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Duration: 2-3 hours (depending on how you walk, the number of participants, and the number of pictures taken during the walk).
Length of route: 3 kms.
Stop Spots: KOTA station – Museum of Bank Indonesia – Sunda Kelapa old port – Syahbandar Tower – VOC Shipyard – Duth Drawbridge – Toko Merah – Fatahillah Square.
Recommended Places to Hang Out:
1. Cafe Batavia (https://goo.gl/maps/XGwbppz1TAM2 ).
2. Aroma Kopi Nusantara (https://goo.gl/maps/jBBtb9UnZ1s ).
3. Bangi Kopitiam (https://goo.gl/maps/xHBwj3KDGDs ).
4. Kedai Seni Djakarte (https://goo.gl/maps/1VavGYtsdjk ).
5. Historia Food and Bar (https://goo.gl/maps/95dwNsmYn5x ).
6. Batavia Market Restaurant (https://goo.gl/maps/MHJfFbpaDU92 ).
7. Kedai Pos (https://goo.gl/maps/npp2HewhdiK2 ).
Recommended Museums:
1. Museum Bank Indonesia (Museum of Bank Indonesia).
2. Museum Sejarah Jakarta (Jakarta History Museum).
3. Museum Wayang (Puppet Museum).
4. Museum Seni Rupa dan Keramik (Fine Arts and Ceramincs Museum).
5. Museum Bank Mandiri (Museum of Bank Mandiri).
6. Menara Syahbandar (Syahbandar Tower).
7. Museum Bahari (Maritime Museum).
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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