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“a walk through old jakarta city”
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.
Penang Island, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“a walk through old jakarta city”
Reviewed 31 May 2014

other than the busy traffic around this area, the whole place is like a walk in the park with lots of mini-stalls selling souvenirs, t-shirts, accessories, jewellery and even, for you to take photographs with a selection of vintage cars subject to a fee. you can also rent bicycles that came with hats for gents or ladies.

Visited May 2014
2 Thank alyssang1
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2014

sorry, it's just an empty square with an extortionately priced cafe with wall to wall porn aka "erotic art", not worth the visit or the time.

Visited May 2014
2 Thank cleversod
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Melbourne, Australia
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“A little piece of Holland”
Reviewed 4 May 2014

The old town square of Batavia. This is a long way from central Jakarta. Get a taxi or train to Kota Railway station, it is then just a 300 metre walk to the square. It is the heart of Old Batavia and surrounded on all sides by Dutch buildings dating back to the 1700's. Most are now museums which are closed on Mondays and shut early at 3pm. The most impressive building is the City Hall / Stadhuis built in 1707, which was the headquarters of the Dutch East India Company. The square gets very busy in the evening with food vendors and children playing.
Look out for the famous cannon with a clenched fist - which is meant to aid fertility. For refreshements head to Cafe Batavia - the governors former residence. Away from the square the rest of the Dutch part of town has been left to crumble. The architecture and canals are a fascinating area to walk around.

Visited December 2013
4 Thank Jolyon67
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“Treated like royalty”
Reviewed 28 April 2014

We were approached by lots of school kids in the square for our photos and also to interview us - my 12 year old son loved the attention.
Lovely area - great place to people watch.

Visited April 2014
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Palm Bay, Florida
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“Great place to see the historic part of Jakarta”
Reviewed 18 April 2014

Lots of people when we visited -- locals as well as tourists. Lots of mimes in the square. The place was really buzzing with action.

Visited February 2014
1 Thank Ronald G
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