Old Batavia

Jakarta………., my city
It has been the greatest city of Indonesia, there are so much to tell about Jakarta. We hate and also we love this city so much, and the city already evolving for century to made it to be this great.

It all started in the 16th century, the Dutch established a base in a small colonial compound named Old Batavia (Oud Batavia), here that was the centre of commerce in the region at that time, because of its strategic position and access to natural resources, and just near the port of Sunda Kelapa, it quickly became an important hub across the Indonesian archipelago.
Just a century ago at the start of the 1900s, Jakarta only had a population of about 150,000 people. Since then, it has grown to a size of up to 28 million in the greater urban area. The history of that small colonial origin has almost been lost in the wave of development that has washed over the city.

Old Batavia is a remainder of Oud Batavia, the first walled settlement of the Dutch in Jakarta area. It was an inner walled city with its own Castle. The area gained importance during the 17th-19th century when it was established as the de facto capital of the Dutch East Indies. This inner walled city contrasted with the surrounding kampung (villages), orchards, and rice fields. Dubbed “The Jewel of Asia” in the 16th century by European sailors, the area was a center of commerce due to its strategic location within the spice trade industry in the archipelago.

One thing let to another than the city was going bigger and growing by the running of the time, and became abandon, so many causes that made this old batavia declined it self. Old Batavia declined in prominence in the late 18th century, probably because of the canals with their near-stagnant water, together with the warm and humid climate would often cause outbreaks of tropical diseases like malaria. Much of the old town became neglected and abandoned due to its decline of importance, and slowly its canals were filled up. Countryside villas were preferred by wealthier residents, which caused the city to grow southward. This process led to the foundation of an estate named Weltevreden.

In Old Batavia, the Fatahillah museum is still a favorite site for culture lovers, photographers, local tourists and international tourists. Old Batavia is easiest reached via the toll road to Tanjung Priok harbour or the old road via Gunung Sahari past Mangga Dua, but this road is usually congested. Take a taxi or car.

Once at the Fatahillah Square there are old-fashioned bikes for rent to cycle around and see the many attractions in this area.

Being in the old batavia, it’s like having experience for being keen to see what life must’ve been like for the Europeans who lived there back in the colonial days.

This large area has numerous Dutch-style buildings, and is worth a stroll. Its is also the location for a number of small but very interesting museums, including the Maritim museum, Fine Arts and Ceramics Museum, Museum of Bank Indonesia, Mandiri Bank Museum, The Wayang Museum and the Historical Museum – each worth a visit, for a photographical picture, The Jakarta kota Rail Terminus is also there, and all have excellent architecture.

Make sure not to bring so many gear or photographical equipment, because we’re going to be walking a lot. and bring enough water to drink

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