Quick because I started out late and the sun was so intense I had to cut my excursion after only two hours.
Kota Tua translates to Old Town and is also known as Old Batavia in recognition of its Dutch origin. As per Wikipedia, “as an important settlement, urban center, and the center of commerce in Asia since 16th century, Oud Batavia is home of several important historical sites and buildings.”
However, I must say though that I am a bit saddened by the current state of those so-called historical sites. Granted that I have only visited Jakarta History Museum and Wayang Museum but it is those two that made me wish that they could have been better taken care of. Still, I had fun checking out the puppets at the Wayang Museum and I was able to watch a puppet musical for the first time! I couldn’t understand a thing but I thoroughly enjoyed listening to traditional Indonesian music performed live.
Fatahillah Square is also a very lively place where people mingle or take bicycle rides, photographers roam and living statues amuse everyone.
Here it is as seen from the second floor of Jakarta History Museum:
Living statues beckoning for photo ops:
Lunch was at the iconic Cafe Batavia and it’s like stepping into another place once I entered its doors. The place was designed to look like a classy colonial pub and it reeked of elegance with its polished interiors and fascinating photo-filled walls. It is also here where I tasted the best nasi goreng I’ve had so far. It is really good!
There was a sign upfront that says one has to ask management first in order to take pictures. I just whipped up my phone for a quick snapshot of the impressive photo collection by the staircase.
More pictures from Kota Tua on my next posts!