Jakarta Kota Station

Jakarta Kota Station ©hiyori13

Jakarta Kota Station ©hiyori13

This is a terminal train station in the old city core of Jakarta. It is also a cultural landmark and historical point. At first it was called the Batavia Zuid and popularly known as Beos Station. It was dated back to the 1870 and it is a special Dutch (Frans Johan Louwrens Ghijsels) architect’s work with Western Art Deco and the local architectural styles. Some of the older colonial buildings that are worth ’hunting’ during your trips are: the Baijen’s Country House and the Outer Hospital, the Bastion Cuylenburg, Bastion Buren, Fort Jacatra and Fort Rijswijk. They were dated back before the 17th century but was demolished. Some were replaced and renamed, for example you can check out the Citadel Prins Frederik and Menara Syahbandar.

Fatahillah Museum 

Fatahillah Museum ©Pra-Yudi

Fatahillah Museum ©Pra-Yudi

The Jakarta History Museum or the Fatahillah Museum dates back to 1710. It used to be a city hall of Batavia, that time, it is known as Stadhuis. Batavia fell in 1942 to the Japanese when the Dutch formally surrendered it, it was renamed Jakarta and officially known as Jakarta Tokubetsu Shi or Special Municipality of Jakarta. Today, you can find objects from the prehistory period being displayed. You can understand the city’s history much better with displays like historic maps, ceramics, archeological objects with ancient inscriptions and sword, paintings and furnitures related to the founding of Jayakarta in 1527. Jakarta was colonized by the Dutch in the 16th century. You may not be able to see these treasures until 2014 when it reopens. However, you can check out the Fine Art and Ceramic Museum. The traditional fine art and traditional handicraft of Indonesia including paintings by Affandi and Raden Saleh. Traditional ceramics and contemporary ceramics are also on displays other than the collections from Thailand, China, Japan, Vietnam and Europe.

Glodok

This is an area that lives mainly the Chinese descent, it is the Chinatown since the Dutch colonial era. Today, it is one of the biggest center for electronics. It is also one of the world biggest Chinatown. It has attracted a lot of Chinese people to Java due to its commercial opportunities and economic activity. Later, the swift immigration created a burden on the city, these Chinese migration mostly from Fujian and Guangdong provinces in southern China became restricted by the government. In Glodok, you can also find quite a number of main Buddhist temples.

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