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Around the years of 1700s Jakarta was started to expand keeping pace with the start of Batavia town by Ducth overseas trade which is now called Jakarta Old Town, or Kota in Bahasa Indonesia, neighboring with the port of Sunda Kelapa. Batavia town at the time was enclosed with wall to separate them from the rest of the area. There were some people allowed to live within walled area or in Batavia town and some were have to live outside the wall.

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Today the area of Glodok is known as China town which is bordered by Jalan Gajah Mada at the east. Jalan Gajah Mada is the main road that leading from the beginning of Jalan Mangga Dua Raya southward up to Monas or Monumen Nasional. This road is divided into 2 lanes, one is for normal car and other lane is for the traffic of Bus Way, the transport developed during the governor Sutiyoso to overcome the distressing traffic congestion in the area of Central Jakarta. Across Gajah Mada road is the famous Mangga Dua area, known for its rich shopping centers, malls and various entertainments. At the southern border of China town is the area of Kelurahan Keagungan and Kelurahan Krukut, while the north is bordered by Jalan Pancoran. In the area of Glodok one can see old type of architecture and character of 1700s. The area of Glodok is just outside of the wall of old town of 1700s. It is reported that the Chinese was living within the wall in 1740, but a riot happened in 1741 and the Chinese were massacred. After this catastrophe the government of Batavia forbidden for a Chinese to live in the town but was given a spot of land outside the wall. This area developed fast into a commercial center with Chinese characters such as winding lanes, slanting red tiled roofs and small dark shops.

The development of Indonesian economy in general gives an impact to some diligent businessmen of the town and able to move to find bigger space and more developing business. So, after the independent of Republic of Indonesia many of them already spreaded out around the area what we know now bigger Jakarta City.

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Jakarta Old Town

Which is known today as Kota from the point of tourism, giving a great interest and has become regular tourism visits. Tour operators never forget the place on their tour itinerary. Travelers can see the historic Sunda Kelapa port, Tamman Fatahillah, a commemorial of Islamic hero in opposing the Dutch in 17th century, Jakarta history museum, which building is the most solid remainder of 17th century of Batavia art, Wayang puppet museum, fine art museum, Canon Si Jagur a Portuguese canon brought to Batavia in 1641 from Malacca, Gereja Sion whcih was built in 1695 and is the oldest church in Jakarta built outside the wall. Some slaves of Asian who were brought from Portuguese ports in India and Malacca dropped in Jakarta and given the freedom to follow Catholic or Protestant provided they follow the Dutch reformed church, and this is first reformed church in Indonesia. This group of slaves is called the mardjikers.

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Budget HotelsHotels are rich within Jakarta from cheap to luxury five star hotels are available in almost all parts of the city including hotels which are located close to the international airport of Cengkareng. For travellers who has not good flight connection can use some hotels available near airport.

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Tugu Monas National monument is the symbol of the independence standing proudly in the center of the city. See the city from the top See more

Sunda Kelapa is ancient port which is still well preserved with now special port for phinisi tradisional ships. This reminds us about the sea trade in the course of early Christian Era See more

BataviaShopping Mangga Dua, Tanah Abang and othersOld Batavia town is the oldest area of the city founded in the year of 1700 by Dutch VOC preserving the European middle and modern age architectures See more

Shopping Paradise ! Jakarta city is well known for its' shopping travel. Giant shopping centers such as Mangga Dua and Tanah Abang are among the most famous places, besides cheap prices, also variation of goods and services available both retails and groceries are among the most complete.

Jakarta MapSee general map of Jakarta city with complete information on the places of interest indicated on the map within government administrative border.

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Accommodation in Jakarta

Hotel Reservation in all areas of Jakara city starting from budget hotels Central Jakarta - South Jakarta - North Jakarta - West Jakarta - Jakarta Airport. Within the administration of greater Jakarta city are known many areas with its' specific character of location, type of business, certain trend of development, history, and level of advancement. One can find what is the area and hotel factility on those areas such as Ancol, China Town, Mangga Dua, Kemang and others. Short description of these areas with travel facilities can be hotels seen here

Exploring historic part or modern life style of Jakarta city, one can now choose some type of packages which are the most efficient way or relaxing manner if time more permitting. Starting from only hiring a vehicle with driver up to fully organized all inclusive tour packages.

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