Experience A Joyful Visit at Makutharama Puppet Studio, An Iconic Place for Wayang Show in the Jakarta Old Town

Learn the Old Form of Entertainment of Indonesian People from Wayang During Walking Tour in the Jakarta Old Town

Long before technology exist, people find their own way to create entertainment by creating or modifying something. In Indonesia, the creativity of the people has take its form in “wayang”. Wayang is an authentic type of puppet from Indonesia. We have introduced you briefly about Wayang Museum in a previous article. Now, it is time for us to introduce a must visit place to watch the iconic wayang show.

Watch The Iconic Wayang Shows And Find Out The Moral of The Stories in the Iconic Studio in Old Jakarta Area

In the Old Jakarta studio not far from the Fatahillah Square, you can find the only studio and wayang store, which is the Makutharama Puppet Studio. They have a room with rows of seats to perform wayang shows. There is a wide fabric screen in the front, and the puppetteer will controll the wayangs from behind the screen.  The beautiful and meticulously crafted wayangs will create a beautiful shadow when the show is performed. What is unique about this studio is the pupetteer perform the show using English, so you don’t need to worry about language barrier in understanding the story. Due to the influence from the Hindu in the past, Hindu epics featured mosts in Indonesian wayang shows.

Other Things You Can See and Do in the Makutarama Puppet Studio in the Old Jakarta Area

Aside from watching wayang shows, you can also see various collections of wayangs that are displayed in the corners of the room. There are many colors, types, and sizes of wayangs, mostly are wayang kulit, a flat kind of puppet that made from buffalo skin, with some mechanisme in their hands and feet for the puppeteer to control them. Smaller designs of wayang that can be used as souvenirs also presents so if you want to buy them to take them home if you want.

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Aside from wayang, explore more of the source of entertainment for Jakartans. You can visit museums, cycling, shopping and many more. Join us on Jakarta Walking Tour if you happen to visit the city. See you around!

Diamond City Bridge as the Witness of the Old Batavia in the Past

Learn About the History of Jakarta Through Iconic Bridge in Old Jakarta Area

The most suitable place to reminisce Jakarta in the old days is by visiting the Old Town area. There are museums, monuments, and historical buildings that have preserved their original forms since the era before independence. Alongside Fatahillah Square, History of Jakarta Museum, and monuments, there is also an iconic bridge that has been around since the era of Dutch colonization, which is known as Diamond City Bridge or Jembatan Kota Intan.

A Brief History of Diamond City Bridge While Reminiscing the Old Batavia as You Pass by on Walking Tour in Jakarta

It is believed that this bridge was built by the Dutch East India Company (VOC) in the year of 1628. The name has been changing a few times until it’s finally called the Diamond City Bridge. In the past, there was a palace in the area. Later on, the Dutch came and built a fort with four towers near the palace, and the bridge is located near one of the towers named Diamond bastion of Batavia Castle. Therefore, the bridge is mostly known as “Jembatan Kota Intan” after Indonesian independence. In the past, the bridge can be lifted for ships to pass by the river. An unfortunate story about the bridge is there was a massacre by Dutch colonizers that caused the river washed with the blood of the victims for weeks. On September 7th, 1977 it was inaugurated as a cultural heritage by the Governor of Jakarta of that time, Ali Sadikin.

How to Reach the Diamond City Bridge Form the Jakarta Old Town

The bridge is relatively easy to reach as it is near the Old Town Square. You can reach the place by approximately 1.5 km by walking from the Kota Tua train station. You can arrive at the location around 5 minutes. The view is different if you visit it in the day or night. There are lighting installation to see at night. Despite the unfortunate history, it is not a scary place to visit in the present time.

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There is still more to explore about the bridge or other buildings nearby that also have precious historical value. Find out more about it by coming to Jakarta and joining our Jakarta Walking Tour. We will take you stroll around the city to reminisce about the life of Jakarta in the past. See you around!

Visit Maritime Museum to Learn History of Spices of the Old Batavia

A Must Visit Museum That Holds Maritime History of Old Jakarta

Along with the the Old Town Square area, there are many places nearby that you can explore by walking to learn the history of Jakarta, then and now. As there are Fatahillah Museum, Puppet Museum, and Museum of Fine Art and Ceramics, there is also another museum in the northern part of Jakarta that contains the maritime history of Jakarta, which is Maritime Museum or “Museum Bahari” that located near the Syahbandar Tower.

A Brief History of Maritime History That Witness Changes of Old Batavia As Years Pass By

This museum was built in the era of Dutch colonization in the year of 1718. This museum was once used as a storage by the Dutch East India Company to store spices that is about to be sold to sailors from India, China, and other countries in the European continent. As for now, it is functioned as a museum that hold the maritime history Indonesia. Inside, you can find various collections from traditional ships in various form, style, and sizes, to ships from the Dutch East India era. Other than that, also equipment that sailors use in the past such as navigation tool, anchor, binoculars, lighthouse, and cannon models. You can learn the history of spices throughout the years by reading boards and infographics inside the museum.

How To Reach the Historical Museum by Walking During Tour in Jakarta

The location of Museum Bahari is around 2 KM by walking from the Old Town area. Other alternatives are local transportation such as JakLingko, online motorcycle taxi, or bajaj. The museum opens almost everyday except Monday, from 8 AM to 4 PM. The ticket price is varied, from Monday to Friday it is IDR 10.000 for local tourists, and IDR 50.000 for foreign tourists.

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There are more iconic and historical places that you can visit in the Jakarta Old Town Area in this modern time. You can learn the history, culture, and delicacies of the past and modern Jakarta with us. Join us on the Jakarta Old Batavia Tour package with Jakarta Walking Tour if you plan to visit the city. See you around!

Syahbandar Tower, An Iconic Tower That Witness the History of Old Batavia

A Historical Tower to See While Strolling on Walking Tour in Jakarta

We previously mentioned the old and historical harbor in Jakarta, Sunda Kelapa. Not far from there, other historical buildings that witness the city’s changes exist, and the Menara Syahbandar or Syahbandar Tower is one of them. It is located around two kilometers from Sunda Kelapa Harbor. So, if you happen to visit the harbor, it’s a good chance to visit this iconic place too.

A Brief History of the Historical Tower to See Around for Walking Tour in Jakarta

Syahbandar Tower is in the Maritime Museum or Museum Bahari complex. It functioned as a watchtower to monitor the outbound and inbound ships and as custom office to extract tax for goods that were unloaded in Sunda Kelapa Harbor. According to the Culture Department of Jakarta website, Syahbandar Tower occupies the former Columberg Bastion, which was built around 1645 with the construction of a wall around the city of Batavia on the west side. And the short tower at the east side was built in 1839 specifically to keep the clock and chronometer accurate. The clock that is installed on the roof is to signal ships’ crews to adjust their ship’s clock.

Syahbandar Tower in A Glance of the Modern Times of Old Batavia

After independence, the tower had been through many changes. In April 2007, the revitalization of Jakarta Old Town has been going and the Maritime Museum complex had been through restoration to preserve the historical value of the buildings. The Syahbandar tower can now be visited as a historical site. It is open almost every day except Monday, from 8 AM to 5 PM. It is believed that there is a basement and a tunnel that is stretches until the Fatahillah Museum or even Istiqlal Mosque but is closed as since.

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Walk Down the Memory Lane of Old Batavia by Visiting Sunda Kelapa Harbor

A Historical Harbor to Visit During Your Walking Tour Around the Jakarta Old Town

There are many historical places to visit in the Jakarta Old Town area to reminisce about the old times of Jakarta, especially around the Old Town Square where you can see old buildings and museums. Not far from there, you can visit another historical place that is still operating until this modern time, which is a harbor, called the Sunda Kelapa Harbor.

A Brief History of Sunda Kelapa Harbor That Witness Every Changes of Batavia Through Times

The has been around since the 12th Century and it once belonged to the Pajajaran Kingdom and called the Kalapa Harbor, when the country was not established as a republic yet. As time goes by, the harbor was contested in the era of kingdoms and colonization within kingdoms in Nusantara or between European colonizers, until Dutch finally seized the country for around 300 years. In the 1970s, the ancient name of the harbor is used, hence the name “Sunda Kelapa”.

Things You Can See in the Historical Harbor of Batavia Along the Route of Walking Tour in Jakarta

In this modern time, the Sunda Kelapa harbor almost became a tourist area due to its high historical value. For economic aspects, this harbor is strategically located near trade centers such as Mangga Dua, Glodok, Pasar Pagi, and many others. Goods that had been transported through the harbor mostly are staples, spices, and building materials. So, once you arrived at the harbor, you can see many big ships, which is Pinisi ships that has been used to transport goods between islands in Indonesia. Containers can also be seen going in and out of the harbor. Flats where the worker stays can also be seen nearby.

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There are still many places to explore and stories to unfold about the harbor and the city. To learn more details about the history of Batavia, there is Museum Bahari and Menara Syahbandar to visit nearby. Join us on the Jakarta Old Batavia Tour if you want to learn more once you come to Jakarta. See you around!

Sailing Through The Maritime History with Pinisi Schooner on Walking Tour in Jakarta

Learning About Indonesian Maritime History on Walking Tour in Jakarta

Since Indonesia is a maritime country, transportation and distribution using ships via ocean is a common practice. Full of the maritime history, there is even a children’s song that mentioned that Indonesian’s ancestor are sailors. One of the physical pieces of evidence of this statement is the existence of Pinisi Schooner that can also be seen to this present day.

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Pinisi is literally means type of rigging of Indonesian sailing vessels. It uses seven to eight sails and two main masts on the front and rear part of the ship. This characteristic makes the Pinisi stand out in the vast ocean. The origin of this type of ship came from Bugis, Kojo, and Mandar ethnicity in South Sulawesi. In general, there are four types of wood that are used to build the ship, which are ironwood, bitti wood, punaga wood, and teak wood.

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You might find and see one of these legendary ships while visiting the Sunda Kelapa Harbor, as it is still used as a distribution mode from Jakarta to and from other cities and islands. Due to its sturdy body and good balance, it will remain steady to sail through big waves.

Many of the ships docks in the Sunda Kelapa harbor as the harbor is already famous since the fifth century and so many merchants from foreign countries such as China, Arabia, India, England, and Dutch come to Indonesia and docked to the harbor to trade. In the present day, the ships that are docking on the Sunda Kelapa harbor is used for transporting many kinds of items such as building materials, household appliances, and basic needs throughout Indonesia.

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Lines of “International” Textile Stores to See During Walking Tour in Jakarta

Textile Stores at Pasar Baru, A Unique Sight While Walking Tour in Jakarta

We have briefly mentioned the history and Pasar Baru shopping district in general. This time, we want to introduce more about what you can see inside the area. The shopping district is filled with various kinds of stores, but textile, tailors, and clothing stores are the majority there.

A Mix of Different Cultures to See on Walking Tour in Jakarta

While the building structure of the stores are influenced by European and Chinese style as the district was built during the colonial era, a hint of Indian cultures also shown by how many of Indian descendants run textile, carpet, and fabric stores there. This influence can also be seen by a few of the stores’ name, “Bombay Textile”, “Krishna Textile”, “Ganesha Textile”, etc.

Foreign Names That Create a Different Vibe While Tour in Jakarta

Inside the shopping districts, what is unique about the stores, especially textile and tailors, many of them are using words from other countries’ language. A few of the examples are “Alta Moda”, “Pronto Moda”, “Sakura Textile” and more. Strolling while passing these stores creates a different vibe than visiting local stores with local names. Other than the stores with foreign names, there are also stores with local names and sells local products. Some widely known franchises also can be easily found, such as fast-food chains and minimarkets that you can find anywhere around the city.

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A Closer Look of Toko Kompak History on Walking Tour in Jakarta

Take A Glance of a Long History Amidst the Modern Era on Walking Tour in Jakarta

Pasar Baru is known to be a historical iconic district that was established a long time ago in Central Jakarta. However, an even older building can be found inside the district. It is called “Toko Kompak”, which “toko” stands for “store”, meanhile “kompak” stands for “unite”.

A Brief History of an Old Store to See on Walking Tour in Jakarta

This store has a history as long as back to the 1800’s, before the Pasar Baru shopping district was established. It was built during the Dutch colonial era, and was once a residence of Chinese community leaders at that time, Tio Tek Ho. It is one of the oldest original Chinese styles building aside from Candra Naya at Jalan Gajah Mada.

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One of the few things that make this old building stand out is the building structure. It is one of the buildings which has an atrium inside, and sunlight can get in through the windows from the upper side of the building, in another name, a rooflight. Lion dance is often invited to perform in this area on special occasions.

This building can be seen to combine a Chinese and European style in its structure. It is shown by the high entrance door, where there are two qilins carving. The inside is decorated with marble floor, which is believed to be the European influence. As time goes by, this building has changed ownerships and functions. It used to be a major’s house, household equipment, and even clothing store. In the year 2022, a Governor’s Decree stated that this place has become a cultural heritage of Jakarta.

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“Gereja Ayam”, A Historical Church to Visit During Walking Tour in Jakarta

A Unique Historical Building Worth to See on Your Walking Tour in Jakarta

Since in Indonesia there are many people who embrace various religions, there are also different places of worship were built. A few of the popular ones in Jakarta that quite stands out are Grand Mosque Istiqlal and Jakarta Cathedral that is located right across each other. Aside from those two, not very far from there, there is also a historical church that is worth seeing, which is GPIB Peniel, or better known as “Gereja Ayam”.

Located in Strategic Location for Walking Tour in Jakarta Route

The origin of its unique name which means “Chicken Church”, is due to the chicken symbol that stands on the top of the building. Besides that, it is approved by the government as the street name being also Jalan Gereja Ayam or Chicken Church Street. This church is located strategically near the Pasar Baru area, near the Pasar Baru shopping district. It will only take around one kilometer to reach the place.

Learn About the History of The Old Church on Tour in Jakarta

This church has a long history since its construction began a long time ago during the colonial era, in 1913, and finished two years later. It was said that during that period, civilians who were Protestants are difficult to seek places of worship since the other church are limited to the Dutch officials. Therefore, this church was built to provide a place to practice the religions among civilians where people from all class can come.

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Passing Through Gedung Antara That Stands Strong Through Many Eras, on Walking Tour in Jakarta

Another Historical Building to Pass While Strolling on Walking Tour in Jakarta

We have mentioned government buildings, army base, museums, and philatelic building in previous articles. And now, we would like to introduce you to a news agency building with many histories, which is Gedung Antara. It is one of the iconic buildings that is located around Pasar Baru area, near the old Indonesian post office. Preserving the colonial style, and stand right at the side of the street, it is rather easy to spot while you are strolling in the area.

Viewing Gedung Antara That Had Been Through Many Eras During Tour in Jakarta

Since this building was built around the colonial era, it has been an eyewitness for Indonesia through many eras. From Dutch colonial era, Japan colonial era, to post-Indonesian independence. It was once the East Indies News Bureau, or “Algemeen Nieuws- en Telegraaf- Agentschap”, the first news bureau in Batavia, established in the year 1917. Post-Indonesian independence, it has become a state-owned news bureau called “LKBN Antara”. This news bureau is the one that aired the proclamation of Indonesia on August 17, 1945.

Learning History Through Pictures in Photo Gallery While Passing by on Walking Tour in Jakarta

Adjacent to the main building, there is a photo gallery at the right side, the Antara Gallery Photo of Journalism. The gallery is often showcased pictures taken by their photojournalists time to time. This place was built to commemorate the contributions of pioneers and predecessors of Antara. The gallery is open from 10 AM to 8 PM everyday except Mondays.

Rows of Historical Buildings to Visit While Strolling with Jakarta Walking Tour

The location of this iconic building is near the Pasar Baru shopping district. You just need to walk around five minutes to the left by the front gate of the shopping district, facing right at the river. So, you can enjoy shopping or snacking while learning about history and culture in the area. Come to Jakarta, join our Walking Tour, and we will take you to more interesting places in Central Jakarta. See you around!