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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If you want to witness the grand Pinisi Schooner with your own eyes, come to Jakarta and join the Jakarta Walking Tour package. We will stroll around and visit iconic places to learn more about the maritime history of Indonesia. And there is a lot more to explore from the city’s history, culture, and delicacies. See you around!

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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To see what is more that this shopping district can offer by yourself, then come and visit Jakarta. Join our Jakarta Walking Tour package, and we will take you to find more of what you can see and do in the city. Learning about the history, cultures, and delicacies of what the city can offer. See you around!

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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To see this historical building even closer, come to Jakarta and join our Jakarta Walking Tour package during your stay. We will take you to explore more of the history, culture, and delicacies of Jakarta. See you around!

“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.

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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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If you want to see firsthand and learn more about this church with its hundreds of years of history, then come to Jakarta. Join our Jakarta Walking Tour to explore more about the city’s history, cultures, and delicacies during your stay. See you around!

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!

Ragusa Es Italia, An Authentic Shop in Between Walking Tour in Jakarta

A Refreshing Short Break for Your Walking Tour in Jakarta

After strolling around Central Jakarta to view historical buildings and places under the hot sun, you might need a short break to recharge your energy. Eating some ice cream might be a good idea, so, visiting “Ragusa Es Italia” is a perfect option.

An Old Iconic Store Between Historical Buildings to See on Tour in Jakarta

This iconic ice store, like any other old buildings around it, has its own history. This store was established since the year of 1932, before Indonesian independence. It is founded by Italian immigrant named Luigi Ragusa and Vicenzo Ragusa; thus, the name of the store is “Ragusa Es Italia”, which directly means “Ragusa Italian Ice Cream”.

Variety of Flavors to Taste on Your Walking Tour in Jakarta

Since it was established many years ago, the store has gone through a lot of changes and ups and downs. The store once had 20 branches across the city, but after going through ’98 riots and pandemic era, it left with the only one store at Pasar Baru, Central Jakarta area.

What is special about this store’s ice cream is the ingredient for making the ice cream is from fresh cow’s milk, so the final product came with a soft texture, besides, no preservatives are used. There are seven ice cream flavors, from chocolate, vanilla, mocha, strawberry, nougat, durian, and rum raisin.

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A Fascinating Philatelic Building to See During Walking Tour in Jakarta

A Must-See Historical Building during Tour in Jakarta

We have introduced Pos Bloc briefly in the previous article. Now we want to explain more about the building in historical and other aspects. So, the Pos Bloc was originally a Philatelic Building. Located in the Pasar Baru area, facing right Pasar Baru Shopping District, right across the river. It was once belonged to the PT. Pos Indonesia, a state-owned post-office company, responsible for postal services in Indonesia.

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Since the advancement of technology, people around the world mostly communicate via online, so less people still use physical means to communicate, and the use of postage stamps is getting less. To adjust to the modern lifestyle, the building is revamped and renovated to cater to modern needs for modern people. And now, the place has become a creative space for young people to hangout. The founders of M Bloc Space cooperated with PT. Pos Properti Indonesia to create the Pos Bloc, a creative hub to help improve UMKM (Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises or Small Medium Enterprises).

Things to Do at Pos Bloc as A Part of the Tour in Jakarta

There are variety things of to do and see inside the Pos Bloc area. The insides are filled with many tenants. From meals, snacks, goods, and even a minimarket. It is a good option for young people to spend time with friends or companions. They can enjoy a dine, snacking, or taking photographs inside the iconic building. Not limited to those, there is also a karaoke booth inside. Events are also frequently held there at some particular times. So, there are more things to do and see inside the Pos Bloc.

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If you join our Jakarta Walking Tour package, you might be able to see the iconic buildings on the route and see the front part that maintained the original shape of colonial building that will take you to reminisce the past of the Old Batavia. Want to see it firsthand? Then come to Jakarta and join our tour to explore more about Jakarta, see you around!

An Iconic Constitutional Court Building to See on Walking Tour in Jakarta

Historical Buildings as a Sight to See During a Tour in Jakarta

As one of the iconic buildings to see while strolling outside the circle of National Monument complex, the Constitutional Court Building offers a unique sight. The front building has the signature style of others Jakarta’s historical buildings, the Indies Imperial, with a dome shape roof.

The Strategic Location That is Near to the Iconic Landmark for Walking Tour in Jakarta

The location of this building is right across from the National Monument complex, precisely at Jalan Medan Merdeka Barat. It has two main buildings. The first one is the building with the dome roof. The front side functions as the court room, meanwhile the tower in the back is used as the main office of constitutional judges and the staff. The second building at the left is functioning as the public relations bureau and the main office of AACC (Association of Asian Constitutional Courts and Equivalent Institutions).

A Virtual Tour of the Constitutional Court, a Fresh Option for a Tour in Jakarta

If you haven’t had a chance to visit Jakarta to do a walking tour physically, there is another option for you to take, as the constitutional court offers a virtual tour of their buildings at this website: You can take a tour of the inside of their buildings, from the court room, offices, multipurpose buildings, and even the education center.

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If you still prefer to join tour physically, of course there are options to choose. You can choose to join our Jakarta Walking Tour, and we will take you to explore many things you can see or do in Jakarta, see, and learn history, culture, and delicacies of Jakarta. See you around!

A Quick Look of Indonesian Army Headquarter from Outside on Walking Tour in Jakarta

A Closer Look of Indonesian Army Headquarter in While Walking Tour in Central Jakarta

Alongside with many historical buildings with colonial style that lining up in the Central Jakarta area, one compound that also quite stand out exist, which is the Indonesian Army Headquarter or more familiar with “Mabes TNI AD”.

A Strategic Location That Worth to Visit on Tour in Jakarta

The compound itself is a restricted area with tight security, so it is not open for public visit. You can only look around from the outside through the gate. So, you can just take a quick look while you stroll on the route while joining Walking Tour in Central Jakarta. The location is near the outer circle of National Monument, and almost right across the Grand Mosque Istiqlal and it is easy to reach by commuter line as it is located near the Gambir Station.

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The bright side of passing the Indonesian Army Headquarter, not far from there, you can find small stalls or café if you start getting tired, thirsty, or hungry. There are options to eat a full meal, sipping some drinks, or just enjoying desserts. There is an old and iconic ice cream store that was established many years ago, called “Ragusa Es Italia” and still open until now.

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If you want to see more iconic building other than the Army Headquarter, come visit Jakarta and join our tour in Central Jakarta area. There are still many other historical buildings that are worth seeing and visiting at Central Jakarta. Join us for a journey to learn more about history, culture, delicacy, and many more of Jakarta area. See you around!

Take a Look of Gedung Jusuf Anwar Building While on Walking Tour in Jakarta

Jusuf Anwar Building as a Part of A.A. Maramis Building to See with Jakarta Walking Tour

While we introduce you to A.A. Maramis Building, it is time to introduce you another historical building that is standing beside it, now is known as Jusuf Anwar Building. It is a main part of the formerly known as Daendels Palace, the big building that is inside Lapangan Banteng area.

A Brief History of Building as You Stroll While on Walking Tour in Jakarta

The Jusuf Anwar Building was built around the same time as the Daendels Palace as it is also a main part of the area. Built around the early 19th Century, it was used and functioned as a high court. In Dutch colonial era, people mentioned that it is a building where secret meetings was held and had been used to torture prisoners by the Dutch East Indies.

A Look of Modern Jusuf Anwar Building to See on Walking Tour in Jakarta

From the year 2021, the building that once housed a high court, converted into an office under the Ministry of Finance. It was renovated while preserving the style from the Dutch colonial era and named based on the former Indonesian Finance Minister from 2004 to 2005.

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The Jusuf Anwar building is just a small part of the cultural heritage around Central Jakarta. If you want to know and see more about other Jakarta’s historical buildings and their stories, visit Jakarta, and take a stroll with our Jakarta walking Tour. We will wait for your arrival. See you around!