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Jakarta, has a fascinating history. Many different aspects have colored the history of the city and the lives of people today. Since the fifth century, ships from China and Vietnam, as well as all the islands of the archipelago, have docked at the mouth of the Ciliwung River.

The little story

Indian and Portuguese traders visited this small town. Javanese sailors, carrying spices from the Moluccas, also docked there. Almost all the people of East and West have left their mark to participate in this special wealth of Jakarta. The concise description of ancient buildings and historical monuments refers to the site where the city of Jakarta itself begins. All historical evidence points to the Kota region, the old town on the banks of the Ciliwung River. A little south of the place now known as Pasar Ikan or Fish Market was planted the first small seed that gave birth to a huge city of over 10 million people. In reality, no one knows exactly when Jakarta began its journey through history.

Visit the art galleries

Jakarta's diversity extends well to the bustling arts scene. Different inspirations and stories are represented through various works, media and styles. From classic to contemporary, from public museums to private galleries, Jakarta's best works of art serve as models for the culture and history of the people. If you are interested in Indonesian art history, visit the National Gallery and be wowed by nearly 2,000 impressive works of art from different eras.

Indonesian gastronomy

When you enjoy hearty meals from heritage recipes in a space that reflects culture and history, eating is more than just a way to fill your stomach. It becomes a cultural experience that immerses you in local life.

A tour of Jakarta Cathedral

Once one of the most important areas of the colonial era, Kota Tua (the Old Town) of Jakarta is a piece of history in the bustling metropolis. The district is full of old government buildings and shopping malls kept alive in the form of museums and heritage sites. Whether riding a bicycle in Fatahillah Square or taking photos in the quirky Rumah Akar, you can easily explore the highlights of the Old Town as you stroll around the neighborhood.

The Fatahillah Museum in Kota Tua

Batik, this ornate and exquisite traditional Indonesian fabric, may not be unfamiliar to you. But the diverse culture of the nation has many other fascinating ethnic textiles worth exploring. The Jakarta Textile Museum features nearly 2,000 pieces of fabrics, from traditional fabrics to contemporary textiles. It also shows the tools and has a garden full of plants used for the traditional dyeing of fabrics.

The Betawi House

It is your best chance to see the different cultures of Indonesia in one day. Serving as a sketch of the sprawling archipelago, Taman Mini Indonesia Indah has areas dedicated to each major province in Indonesia. Each area highlights everything you need to know about the culture: traditional houses, customs, finery, etc.