Time Travel to Old Jakarta

Goal : Understand Old Batavia Identity

How : plan a one day trip with friend to explore Batavia (Jakarta) through its historical sites

So the journey begin.

My exploration starts with consideration on how to avoid Jakarta traffic in weekend? Transjakarta is the answer. Transjakarta (TJ / Busway) are public bus transportation that operates within Jakarta and it surrounding area. The fare only IDR 3500 (26 cent USD) for 1 trip, it’s very cheap and TJ have their own road therefore mostly are traffic free.


Start : Monas (Monumen Nasional / National Monument of Republic Indonesia).

A 132 m (433 ft) tower in the centre of Merdeka Square at Central Jakarta that built to commemorate the struggle for Indonesian independence which consist of The Hall of Independence, The Observation Deck and Flame of Independence.

Open from 08.00-16.00 daily (entrance fee in 2016, IDR 5000 for adult, IDR 2000 for children and IDR 10,000 for observation deck). Best time to arrive would be before 8AM and proceed directly to the lift to the observation tower. The lift capacity around 160 people per hour therefore long queues build up quickly.

Review : nice park, really big area to explore and queuing to elevator are too long.


What to eat? Visited to one of crossbreed Indo China restaurant named Dapur Babah Elite that known for their traditionally fusion prepared dishes and cozy conventional decor. Located beside Gambir’s railway on shops (RUKO) area next to Monas (5-10 minutes’ walk).

Review : just okay but quite pricey and presented nicely.

Dapur Babah

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Dapur Babah food

Dessert Place? Ragusa Es Italia (Ragusa Italian Ice Cream) which walking distance from Dapur Babah.

Ragusa is famous with their homemade ice cream and establish since 1932 by two Italians named Luigie Ragusa and Vincenzo Ragusa. Italian ice products that sold in this store are using basic ingredients of fresh cow’s milk to produce ice cream with a soft texture and do not use preservatives.

Review : taste is good not to sweet, average price IDR 30,000 ($3) for a person. Can order other food that sold outside store i.e Chicken Satay, Asinan (vegetable salad)



Iconic Building no. 1 : Masjid Istiqlal.

This national mosque was built to commemorate Indonesian independence with Istiqlal in Arabic means Independence and opened to the public on 22 February 1978.

Review: Building condition is good, very peaceful.

Note : Non-Muslim can also visit the mosque after having briefed information about Islam and the Istiqlal Mosque, although the part that can be visited by non-Muslims is limited and should be accompanied by a guide.



Iconic Building no. 2 : Gereja Katedral Jakarta which is a Roman Catholic Cathedral in Jakarta. Located in front of Masjid Istiqlal.

This current cathedral was consecrated in 1901 and built-in the neo-gothic style, a common architectural style to build churches at that time. The building consists of two floors with second floor used to be place for choir during masses. Second floor of church functions as the Jakarta Cathedral Museum.

Review: The building condition good, really nice neo-gothic architecture and surrounding so peaceful


Must Visit Site :  Kota Tua / Old City of Jakarta area.

You could travel with Transjakarta from Juanda shelter and takes around 30 minutes to arrive. Within Kota Tua area there are several museums


kota tua

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What to explore : Wayang Museum. A museum dedicated to Java wayang puppetry. The collections are consist of various kinds of wayang, such as the Javanese wayang kulit and Sundanese wayang golek also wayang collections from other countries. With its variety of collection, it only charges IDR 5000 for adult and children under 5 years old are free.




Note: this trip is taken few years ago therefore all pictures do not own by me who only use for personal illustration. 



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