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August 31, 2011

Kota and Sundra Kelapa

Filed under: Jakarta — scotsabroad @ 9:43 pm

The old town of Batavia, now known as Kota, is our first family excursion since arriving in Jakarta. Eid ul Fitri gives us (and our driver Yusuf) a week off and the incentive to get out and explore on our own. A new GPS is proving to be mostly accurate in this massive warren of swarming cars and scooters, passing you on either side of narrow lanes (identified on the map as significant roads) numerous dead ends, blocked off streets and massive traffic jams. Today we travelled 38 km in about 4 hours. 

Anyway, we arrive at Taman Fatahillah, Kota’s central cobblestone square. Being a holiday all the museums are closed as well as Cafe Batavia. We (Shona) negotiates a price for three bicycles and we ride to Sunda Kelapa – an old port full of magnificent Makassar schooners parked high out the water. We stop at the Chicken Market Bridge, the last remaining Dutch drawbridge, which dates from the 17th century. The smell from the water is rank. Sweating in the heat and from the peddling we stop for water and manage to get access to a watchtower dating from 1839. This was used to sight and direct ships to the port. It was good to get up high and see for some distance.



  1. magnificant pictures and comment from what looks like a fascinating city. good to read the first blog from Indonesia


    Comment by ian — September 1, 2011 @ 10:48 pm | Reply

  2. Yeah great to see you guys getting out n about. Looking fwd to hearing about further adventures.

    Comment by Alistair — September 2, 2011 @ 1:34 am | Reply

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