Candra Naya Building
Candra Naya Building
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An interesting area near Jakarta's old town filled with Dutch Colonial buildings and historic architecture.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Monika Audra
Helsinki, Finland207 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
As a Chinese Indonesia born, it's one of a great feeling to see the heritage of my ancestor. Despite the massive growth of Jakarta, this small house remain steady and blend with the Modern Culture. Which is why I gave 5 stars for this attraction.

However, as one of tourisey spot, organizers might be expected to give more added values, such as : historical information, pictures to spot historical ambience during Dutch colonial / independece war, etc. Venue is rather empty with ornaments with less information card nor tour guide service. Venue quite clean.

You might prefer to continue your journey to visit Old City Batavia (Fatahilah Museum blocks with more museums) by using Trans Jakarta bus (IDR 3500 per person), or ask the motorcycle service to take you to the Old Pier (Pelabuhan Sunda Kelapa) by paying IDR50K (round trip, ask them to wait and take you back to Candra Naya / Fatahilah museum).

There's this Kopitiam Oey inside Candra Naya, however it serves Malaka (Malayasia) cuisine, thus it is not Indonesia / Chinese cuisine. If you prefer authentic Indonesian/Chinese dishes, this is not the place. However you may enjoy cup of coffee or tea while sitting infront of the pool.

You may find it hard to find the place from outside, as it is located inside Novotel Mangga Besar block. Just stop at Novotel lobby, and you will directly spot Candra Naya.
Written 5 January 2015
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I Widyahening
Jakarta, Indonesia140 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Family
We're very surprise to find this beautiful complex of old Chinese houses when we visited the Novotel. It was a good example of how a development of a new building need not always destroyed the old one, as it mostly happened in Jakarta.
Written 25 June 2013
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chua stone
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
Glad to see it preserved well by Indonesian government and people. This unique building has a lot of history with nice fish pool in and located in the middle of giant building around chinatown of Jakarta.
Written 11 May 2019
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Stephanie W
Jakarta, Indonesia157 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Solo
Place beside or same with Novotel Hotel and Starbucks. A unique Chinese building as the center of the buildings.. and already about 300 years old..
Written 10 October 2018
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Lynns98816
703 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Family
Surrounding by tall building, Chandra Naya looks like a hidden gem. This building was an old house of the last Batavia Chinese Major, Khouw Kim An. Because of its uniqueness, the government preserved a third of the major's house and set it as a heritage building. While another part of major's house was changed into restaurants and hotel. While strolling around this building, you can find some of Chinese philosophies.

Professional photography is not allowed here but you can take pictures by using your smartphone.
Written 14 August 2018
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Claudeey
Depok, Indonesia93 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Friends
Its hidden under biggie buildings (hotel) and cant believe there is a heritage building with a small coffee shop besides.
It's actually once of the richest Chinese people residence in Batavia that still existed until today. A lot of changes for the interior but still the exterior building looks very authentic.
Written 17 April 2018
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HendraOktaviano82
Bali, Indonesia316 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
I were lived at the apartment same complex with Candra Naya, so I was there quite often, the Candra Naya is one of Chinese heritage left in Jakarta, now they use the building as a restaurants and also small function hall, I ate at some restaurant there, most of the restaurant were Chinese style, Its not only the restaurant ambience was Chinese but also the rest of the area.
They also have fish pond with Koi fish (Symbol of luck for Chinese)
After all, many Chinese mainland customer there and as a heritage we must together keep maintain the building.
Written 27 April 2017
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brenda w
Ancona, Italy18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Solo
I visited Candra Naya on March 2016. I used Jakarta's commuter line and stopped at Sawah Besar station. Then i walk across the street to ride a car with number 12 (M12; the route is Senen-Kota). Make sure you're heading to Kota. Just tell the driver to stop at Novotel Gajah Mada. I paid four thousand rupiah from Sawah Besar station to Novotel Gajah Mada. Once you arrived, the building is quite visible from the street, but if you in doubt, just ask the hotel's security staff where candra naya is. They have no entrance fee and it's not guarded as well so please behave well ^^. They decorate the wall with some chinese advices, painting, and masks. They have the painting of the last building's owner too (Major Khouw Kim An). Aside from that, this building is almost empty. But, for you who enjoys viewing structure of old buildings, it's really enjoyable. At the back of the building, there's a small pool with koi fish. They provide some chairs too so it's really cozy to sit there at a long time for a simple talk or just enjoying your private time. If you're hungry, there are 3 cafes at the left and right side of candra naya building. I had my lunch at Token restaurant. I'm not a good food taster (as long as i can eat it and not puke, that's categorized as good for me, hehe) so don't rely on me about which place serves the best food. I ordered a seafood laksa (some kind of chinese noodle which broth made of coconut milk and some spices). This restaurant provide free ice/hot tea (not refillable though) so i didn't order any beverage. The laksa was large and enjoyable. The ambience was good too and I paid 47 thousand rupiah for the lunch, not bad. Some say Kopi Oey is good too but i was too full so maybe next time, hehe. So, let's visit Candra Naya :)
Written 19 March 2016
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Tanlim94
Jakarta, Indonesia33 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Family
this building was so old but nice construction. it has a historical story. the building was behind novotel gajah mada. and if u come here, u can see some history pictures.
Written 23 December 2015
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JOEQS
Jakarta, Indonesia30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A complex of house belonged to chinese major general in the 18th century.

Looks like a temple from the outside, inside however its a house with empty halls on both sides and the main building.

Too bad this heritage could have been made better known if it was more obvious from the outside.
Written 12 January 2015
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