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“Vanishing Venice of the East”
Review of Jakarta Old Town

Jakarta Old Town
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Private Tour: Discover Jakarta Old Town with Dinner
Ranked #14 of 270 things to do in Jakarta
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This is the old city of Batavia. Rundown, picturesque and a great night market.
Jakarta
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Vanishing Venice of the East”
Reviewed 28 August 2012

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.

Visited October 2011
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Texarkana, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Old town visit”
Reviewed 22 August 2012

We spent an enjoyable afternoon walking in this area. It is a bit rundown and sort of shabby in ways but also very interesting. We did get a very good look at some Dutch history and buildings in the area. Shame to see the condition of some but it is also a representation of the economy these days for all countries. If you go, don't be afraid of the crowds and sampling the local fare. If those things don't interest you, stay home. We had a very good time.

Visited June 2012
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Spokane
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Interesting square, great for a glimpse of history and people watching”
Reviewed 19 August 2012

My wife, 19 year old son, and I spent several enjoyable hours exploring Old Town. We watched a magic show and people riding bikes on Fatahillah Square, toured the Jakarta History Museum, the Wayang Museum, and the surprisingly nice and interesting Bank Indonesia museum. We also had a very nice lunch in the beautiful Cafe Batavia. If you go to Jakarta, make sure you visit this area.

Visited May 2012
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Vienna, Austria
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“falling apart”
Reviewed 16 August 2012

some interesting buildings but there shape is unbelievably bad. however, worth seeing it if you don't fear dirt, smell and traffic jams on the way.

Visited August 2012
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Havana, Cuba
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“Well Preserved Dutch Colonial Architecture”
Reviewed 11 August 2012

This might have been the centre of Dutch Power in the East Indies.. Building dating from the 1800s, including the Governors mansion, Cafe Batavia, the Numismatic Museum, The Wayang Museum.. steeped in history..

Visited August 2012
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