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Review of Fatahillah Square

Fatahillah Square
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Private Tour: The Old Batavia Trail from Jakarta
Ranked #17 of 269 things to do in Jakarta
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Fatahillah Square, also known as Old Batavia, is the historical district of Jakarta located in Kotas. During Dutch Colonial times in the 16th century, this was the heart of the walled city. Home to attractions such as the Jakarta History Museum and many colonial buildings, this area fills up with artisans, jugglers, and tourists on the weekends.
Kuala Lumpur
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Reviewed 9 March 2013 via mobile

We got here at about 3ish on a Sunday afternoon & the place was full of activity: street performers, stalls & peddlers selling a variety of food, bicycles for rent &, naturally, people cycling around the square, locals who just came to hang out & some armed with cameras to take photos, tourists - bustling!

We'd just managed to grab some yummy fried tempe, sweet potato & tapioca to snack on & were making our way through the square when it began to rain. So, we ducked into Cafe Batavia at the opposite side of the square to have a proper meal, chill & wait for the rain to stop. I shant say much about Cafe Batavia here as I have written about it in a seperate review. I will, however, say that I'm glad we'd managed to get a table by the window upstairs that gave us a great view of the square & its happenings.

The rain had stopped by the time we'd finished at the cafe & the square was once again filled with people & abuzz with activities. Standing in front of the cafe, the Jakarta History Museum is directly across, while the Museum Wayang is to the right. Sadly, neither of these museum were open by the time we'd arrived. So, we just had to be contented with snapping photos of the facade of both the museums.

Truth be told, if you do not enjoy observing, people watching and/or snapping photos & if the museums are closed, then, there probably isn't a whole lot for you to do except go to Cafe Batavia for a meal/drink. Although this place may be listed as a tourist attraction, it is actually visited by more locals, comprising largely of youngsters who come here to hang out & also visit the street market beyond the square.

Personally, I felt it was a good experience - lots of photos taken, lots of observations made.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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“Old Museum”
Reviewed 6 March 2013

Located at the north side of Jakarta. This place also called Museum Fatahillah in Bahasa. I never gone inside the museum, but based on the story from local people, there are some photo and history of the museum there.

Visited November 2012
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Batu Pahat, Malaysia
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“Historical and a place to experience REAL Jakarta people/life”
Reviewed 18 February 2013

This Square is teaming with life. Some people gave harsh comments on it but is actually gives you an insight into the life of people of Jakarta. In the day, you can visit numerous museums lining the Square and enjoy street performances. Just give aa little tip as it is their livelihood. In the evening, there are more performances, night bazaar selling all kind of goods. There are even street dentists, tattoist and such! Locals comes here to unwind and you can really soaked in the atmosphere. Don't judged it by the your standard of a Square from wherever you may be. You visit any place to see their culture so don't expect things to be done your way.

Visited February 2013
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Lyon, France
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“What Square ? It's become a bus station”
Reviewed 15 February 2013

the least I can say is that I wasn't expecting anything like this . I thought it was actually gonna be a square , but the bus station took over. the place is crowded with people selling random stuff . the traffic is absolutely insaine , the streets are so noisy and dirty . there is noting to see really, unless you go to see one of the museum.

Visited February 2013
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Jaipur, India
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“good place to hang around”
Reviewed 9 February 2013

Fatahllah Square is situated in old Jakarta town very near to Kota Railway Station. It is a public square where many people, specially in the afternoon till evening hang around and do lot of fun. This Square is bustling at all times. There are many food stalls, from which you can order Jakarta street food like kerak telor (omelet) and bakso (noodles). All around the square Bicycle shops are available for rent and you can go around the place. At night, street performers, food stalls, and live music make the atmosphere very lively.

There are three museums to see on this square: Museum of Jakarta history, museum of Puppets, and museum of Ceramics. On one side there is Café Batavia, doing brisk business, and an impressive building of Jakarta Post office. Lot of people stand on the square with fancy dress to attract tourists to take photo with them and pay them some money.

This square has been declared as National Heritage Area in 1970s. To reach this place take trans Jakarta bus rout no.1 or train to Kota Stn.

Visited February 2013
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