I. Adagio: the serene beauty of the past of Jakarta in the present
II. Andante: a walk through
parks and interesting areas.
III. Allegro: the high spirit of
IV. Finale: the farewell and intro
to the rest of Indonesia.
Sunda Kelapa, also known as Pasar Ikan (Fish Market).
Sunda Kelapa was the origin of Jakarta. As far back as
the 16th century, it was the marketplace where
the Portuguese and the Padjajaran Kingdom conducted their
business. This was also the starting point of
Dutch colonialization of Jakarta and the rest of Indonesia.
You can catch the remnant of this trading activity in the form
of a fish auction market that happens in the early morning.
The entrance road to this fisherman's wharf
is now lined with shops selling various
kinds of shells, decorative turtles, and other mementos of
Java Sea. At times, you would feel as if you were transported
back a few hundred years as you see a very picturesque, tall-masted
Bugis schooners anchor there, loading or unloading merchandise that
they are still carrying across the waters of Indonesia.
Old Portuguese Church
Old Supreme Court building
Has been converted into a museum of fine arts, housing
an excellent Chinese porcellain of the late VP
Jakarta Museum (Old Town Hall)
Built in 1627, this building was the country rep office of
the Dutch East Indies Co. It supposedly functioned as a dungeon
to keep Diponegoro, one of Indonesian freedom fighters,
before he was exiled to Sulawesi.
With its long history, it now appropriately houses
historical documents and colonial furniture. The building
is guarded by a 16th century Portuguese cannon which stands
across the cobblestone square.
Established in 1778 by U.M.C. Rademacher under the auspices of the
Batavia Association of Arts and Sciences, it offers historical, prehistorical,
archaeological and ethnographic aspects of Indonesia through its extensive
collection of artifacts and relics which date as far back as to the Stone
Age. It has one of the most complete collections of bronzes and ceramics dating
back to the Han, Tang and Ming Dynasties. The Museum has one of the finest
numismatic collections in the world, including cloth and money which was used
on several islands until recently. The religious art section is filled with
statuary and sculpture salvaged from sites of Hindu, Buddhist and Islamic
edifices. Its collection of cultural instruments, household utensils, arts and
crafts provide an introduction to the life of the various ethnic groups which
populate Indonesia. This museum is popularly known as Gedung Gajah or "Elephant
Building" because of the stone elephant offered by King Chulalongkorn of
Thailand in 187 1, placed on the front lawn of the building.
The Wayang Museum
This puppetry museum on the western side of Taman Fatahillah
in "The Old Town" area has displays of wayang puppets from all parts of
Indonesia and some from other parts of Southeast Asia as well. The wooden and leather puppets displayed here represent the
finest craftsmanship in this particular form of traditional theater. The museum
also shows shortened performances of the wayang kulit leather puppets every
Situated in downtown Jakarta is the Portuguese Church, built
between 1693 and 1696 for the Portuguese speaking people of Batavia. Although
rather plain from the outside, its interior is quite impressive with its
baroque pulpit and organ.
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