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!

Museum Wayang, A Cultural Heritage to Visit at Jakarta Old Town on Walking Tour in Jakarta

Historical Museums You Can Visit During Your Walks in the Jakarta Old Town

The most iconic place to visit during your stay in Jakarta to learn about the history of the city is the Jakarta Old Town area. You can find many historical buildings there, including museums. One of the museums that holds the most impactful historical value is the Fatahillah Museum, the building that stands behind the Fatahillah Square, the white building with many windows. Alongside the Fatahillah Museums, there is also a Puppet Museum or “Wayang Museum” that is located nearby. You can learn more about the culture of Indonesian in this museum.

A Brief History of Museum Wayang That Has Been Standing in the Jakarta Old Town Area for Hundreds of Years

The previous building of the museum is originally a church that was built in the year of 1640 in the Dutch colonial era when Jakarta was still called as “Batavia”. The church name was De Oude Hollandsche Kerk and changed to De Nieuwe Hollandse Kerk in the year 1808. The church was ruined due to an earthquake, and a new building was built at the same location, which is the Puppet Museum. It is inaugurated as a museum on August 13th, 1975.

Things You Can See and What You Can Learn inside the Historical Museum of Old Batavia

Based on the name, you can tell that this museum has a collection of “Wayang”. Wayang is a special kind of “puppet” that has a distinctive feature. It is usually made from cow skin, and a puppeteer or known as “dalang” will operate a show where they control the movements of wayangs in a wide background that reflecting shadows. The show is also called wayang or wayang show. As it is originally come from Javanese community, the show is usually using Javanese language. However, there are also different types of wayang aside from Javanese wayang, so the museum housed various types of wayang from all over Indonesia, even from abroad such as Europe Countries, Republic of China and Cambodia.

See Various Types of Wayang by Visiting the Puppet Museum in Jakarta Old Batavia Tour

To explore and learn more about what is inside the museum, come visit Jakarta and the historical museum to see for yourself. Join us on our Jakarta Old Batavia Tour and we will take you to find out what the city has to offer. 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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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!

Tropical Fruits to Find While Strolling Around Local Markets in Jakarta

Where to Find Fresh Fruits on Local Markets Tour in Jakarta

There are a lot of things that you can find in the local markets. For local markets in Jakarta for example, you can find groceries and other fresh products like meat, fish, poultry, vegetables, and fruits. There are a few types of local markets that you can find in Jakarta. From supermarkets, minimarkets, modern markets, and traditional markets. You can mostly find fruits in all these types of market.

A Variety of Fruits You Can Find During Walking Tour in Jakarta

As Indonesia is a tropical country, there are abundant variety of tropical fruits that you can easily find in Jakarta. The most popular and always readily available is banana, as it is grown easily in country’s land. So, there are also many delicacies using bananas as ingredients. You can also easily find papayas, watermelons, oranges, apples, and lemons. Aside from those fruits, there are also some seasonal fruits that can be harvested only in certain times like a type of mangoes, durian, rambutan, and water apples. In different parts of Indonesia, you might find special fruits that only grows in each area.

Enjoy Fruits as A Snack While Strolling Around the Local Markets of Jakarta

With the rich variety of fruits, people of Indonesia had been creating various desserts or drinks from fruits. It is suitable to quench your thirst from the hot weather of Jakarta and refresh your body. Drinks that are quite popular are iced orange, that is made from squeezed oranges, iced coconut drink, guava juice, avocado juice, and many more. Another type of dessert from fruits are “es buah” and “rujak”. While “es buah” is made from assorted variety of chopped fruit in a sweet soup, “rujak” is made from assorted chopped fruit accompanied by sambal or minced chili peppers with salt.

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Tropical Flowers to Find on Local Markets in Jakarta

Flowers to See While Strolling Around on Walking Tour in Jakarta

There are so many places to visit during your visit to Jakarta. Depending on your preferences, you can choose the place that you can explore. One of them is the local market that sells a wide variety of products. Inside the local market, you can find fresh products like fruits, vegetables, poultry, fish, meat and even flowers.

Variety of Flowers to Find inside the Local Markets in Jakarta

Since Indonesia is a tropical country, so you might find variety of tropical flowers in Jakarta. However, there are also some flowers that are distributed to the market from the higher grounds like the western part of Java. Some of that can be easily found are roses, sunflowers, chrysanthemum, daisy, jasmine, tuberose, orchid, frangipani, and many others.

Where to Find Fresh Flower During Your Tour in Jakarta

While mostly you can find fresh flowers in the local market at each area in Jakarta, there are some local markets that are known to be a few of the biggest flower markets in Jakarta, one of them is Pasar Rawa Belong that is in the west part of Jakarta. The market is open for 24 hours and had almost every variety of flowers. So, it is a go-to for people who look for flowers for urgent events and odd hours.

Another option for market flower is in Cikini area, at Central Jakarta, and you can also find some sellers in Jatinegara local market in East Jakarta. And another different place to find flower vendors is near or inside graveyard complexes. As Indonesian has a custom to bring flowers while visiting a graveyard or doing rituals and ceremonies, to see flower vendors lining up in front part of a graveyard complex became a common sight.

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Various Animals to See in Local Markets Tour in Jakarta

Local Animals to See During Your Visit on Walking Tour in Jakarta

While you can see local animals at the local zoo, you can also see them in one of the local markets of Jakarta. It is a place to search for pets, animal feed, or for medicinal purposes. As we can see and find bears, lions, tigers, otters, and many more in the zoo, you can find domestic animals that is often to be raised or breed. From ornamental fishes like goldfish, beetles, chickens, birds, and rabbits.

A Different Side of Local Markets in Jakarta

There is always a good and bad side to everything, so does this animal market. While some sellers are selling animals that are legal, some of them are not. There might be protected animals that are traded openly. Monkeys for example, while they belong in their habitat, some people buy them as pets to be used to earn money by training them to do tricks and perform. You can also find types of reptiles like giant turtles, lizards, and snakes. Sometimes they are used to make traditional medicine for severe illnesses. It might seem unethical, but it is considered a common practice among the locals.

“Colorful” Animals to See at the Local Markets in Jakarta

Some people who first see the “colorful” animals in Jakarta local market might be surprised as how come there are birds or chicks with many colors. While some of them have original colors, there are also some cunning sellers who paint their animals to gain more attention. They usually target children who are attracted by the colors. If you plan to do some trade in this type of market, please be careful and cautious as you can’t guarantee it is legal or ethical or not.

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Aside from the animals, you can also find other things like fashion items, accessories, and snacks at an affordable price in Jatinegara local market. Come visit Jakarta to explore more and join our Jakarta Walking Tour to find interesting things in Local Markets Tour in Jakarta. See you around!

Hunting For Local Snacks on Local Markets Tour in Jakarta

Places to Explore to Find Snacks on Walking Tour in Jakarta

Any time and anywhere in the world, people would mostly search for food. While Jakarta has a wide variety of delicious food that it can offer, it also has an abundant choice of snacks. As Indonesian has a very rich options of snacks, snacks can be found almost everywhere, in malls, stores, minimarket, and traditional markets.

Variety of Snacks of Local Markets in Jakarta

In Indonesia, crackers or widely known as “kerupuk” is popular snacks. It came in a variety of sizes and shapes, usually made with flour and other ingredients such as fish and shrimp. Kerupuk is popular to be eaten along with rice and side dishes. So, don’t be surprised to find it served on the table in food stalls or restaurants.

The other variant of crackers is called “keripik”. The difference is keripik is mostly eaten as a snack, not with rice or main course. It can be made of cassava, potatoes, corn, and many more. While you can usually find branded keripik in stores or minimarkets, you can buy keripik in bulk at traditional markets. As most of it is homemade, so, oftentimes it is unbranded. Keripik has so many variants from savory, sweet, salty, and spicy.

Where to Find Snacks in Local Markets in Jakarta

You can find snacks in bulk in almost every “pasar” or market that spread around Jakarta. For example, Pasar Jatinegara if you happen to visit the east part of Jakarta, or Pasar Asemka if you are in the west part of Jakarta. Both offer a wide variety and prices of local snacks.

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