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“Huge Electronic Market”
Review of Chinatown (Glodok)

Chinatown (Glodok)
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Private Tour: Jakarta by Night Tour Including Dinner
Ranked #27 of 269 things to do in Jakarta
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Chinatown of Jakarta began long before Indonesia existed as a nation and was originally the Chinatown of Batavia. This was the area where the Dutch required the Chinese to live. Today, the whole area is called Glodok and includes traditional houses, markets, architecture and some very beautiful Chinese temples; the Da Shi Miao and the Vihara Dharma Bhakti temples are both popular tourist attractions. The Glodok Market is one of the great commercial centers of Jakarta where you can buy everything from antiques to laptops.
Jaipur, India
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“Huge Electronic Market”
Reviewed 20 May 2014

If you are in Jakarta, do not miss the experience of China Town. If you go further towards Kota Railway Station from Monas (National Monument), you will come across 'Glodok' (Chinese market or china town) on either side of the road. There are huge mall markets full of electronic goods. Hundreds of shops will give you an opportunity to select your desired product at a very reasonable price, provided you are an expert bargainer. Also, you have to careful of pirated goods and second hand goods made new.

It is very difficult to drive on these roads inside the market, and you will hardly find a convenient parking place. You may have to climb up to 5th or 6th floor parking lot. There is also a fruit market, vegetable market and market for readymade garments. Every where you have to take pleasure in bargaining.

There is a very old beautiful Chinese temple in the vicinity, which should also be not missed.

Visited May 2014
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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“First hand chinatown experience”
Reviewed 7 March 2014

This is your typical Chinatown setting. People here loves to bargain, so come prepared. This is the place to go for your electronics stuffs. The mall is quite modern, with plenty of spaces to park. However, it is recommended that you came with the drivers.

Visited December 2013
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Bogor, Indonesia
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“Mostly Inconvenient”
Reviewed 13 September 2013

I go down to Glodok mostly to look for electronics and IT-related devices with good prices. But this really is my last choice and I can only go when I'm in a very good mood. The most disturbing part for me is the pirated DVDs sellers along the sidewalk. They just keep on offering things that are just simply disturbing (especially porn). However, the real Chinatown part is quite nice though compared to the Chinatowns I find in other cities, it is probably not even on the top 10 to visit. What I can vouch for sure is that it's far from touristic.

Visited October 2012
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“no need to go”
Reviewed 14 August 2013

it was long2 time ago that you should go there for cheap electronics, home appliances, IT & gadgets. You could get them now with good price in shopping centers & mall with descent air conditioning anywhere in Jakarta. Sometimes you had think of product A with price of 1000, you go there hoping get price 750-800, but later you come home with product B of price 600 while costs you 850! Unless you are looking of old type starting to discontinued products, and you have known all other compares including prices, don't go there.

Visited August 2013
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Barcelona, Spain
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“Chinatown in Jakarta”
Reviewed 21 July 2013 via mobile

One of the largest "Chinatowns" in the world. Simply fascinating long after the mean-spirited riots against its residents in 1998 and the massacre of 5000 of its people in 1740. Visits to the Buddhist temples there are a must...the monks so welcoming and delighted to have you there. So much color, variety and happy families living next to open sewers. Highly recommended!

Visited July 2013
7 Thank Manning W
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