I spent the day touring the historical sites of Jakarta, mainly around Kota, Sunda Kelapa and Glodok.
I never went to Cafe Batavia of the museums. Instead I saw 17th century warehouses, the standing parts of the Dutch fort in Batavia, stood where the English fort once was and wandered through Glodok in search of real and still standing Chinese houses.
The photo speak for themselves. I would however point out, this was no trip organised by the tour guides and touts in Kota Square and so if you are interested in doing this tour then leave me some comments and I will see what I can do. It took about 3 hours by foot and we skipped quite a lot.
This is mainly a photo blog
The tour started out in Kota Square
No one really seemed bothered with us wandering around
What is important to remember that 300 years ago the harbour and the coast line was a little more inland than it is today.
Then from there we headed around the corner and found the smallest of streets and to the left was a huge wall. The wall is what is sadly left of the Batavia Fort, forgotten and largely ignored by all.
Plenty of life still in the walls with the trees and nature reclaiming it.
The last shot is of the archway back out into the little street
From there we headed out in the Kampung which was lovely and very tidy. The people there made us welcome and were very friendly.
There were fish and kids fishing, though not big fish.
But there are still glimpses of past times and pride in the buildings if you look closely enough
Food Food Food and cheap wallets!!!!
There will be other tours I sure of the old areas of the city. I am trying to pluck up enough courage to do a river tour but that will take some guts and injections but I am sure it would be awesome. Also to visit the old Arab quarter and see what that has to offer.
Jakarta is full of surprises really, you just have to make that step out and be brave to walk down that little lane full of noise, smells and people and see what is there.
I will visit these areas again and hopefully spend more time in Glodok exploring.