This is the place where people at old time used to name Batavia as the Vanice of the East. We used to see canals, old docks, fortress, bridges and plaza. This is the place where the Dutch develop their colonial government, with the Governoor General Office at the center of colonial power. At that time, Batavia was one of the most beautiful city in the East.
Now, as part of Jakarta Old Town (Kota Tua), this place has become a square park where people share their interest in art, sport, history, photography, and even skateboarding. Many old buildings have been restored and turn into museums. But some others left as a remaining of vanishing Venice. Some of important place in this area are Kota/Beos Train Station, Sunda Kelapa Harbor, Museum of Indonesian Maritime (old fortress of Batavia), Museum of Jakarta History - in front of Fatahilah Square, Museum of Bank Mandiri, Museum of Bank Indonesia, Museum Wayang, and Indonesian Art Museum. Don't miss the Cafe Batavia, where you can split into a time tunnel and have a dinner in a colonial era.
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