Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Java Jamboree: A Glance of Kota

There were supposed to be many old historical buildings in Jakarta Old Town Area or Kota. Immediately after leaving the National Museum of Indonesia, our driver and guide took us to one - the Jakarta Historical Museum. One had to buy a ticket to enter but I supposed no one among us, was interested or in the mood to explore; the entrance of the museum already looked drab and univiting . The museum was formerly the Stadhuis of Batavia, the seat of Governor General of VOC or Dutch East India Company. The Cafe Batavia and the Fine Arts and Ceramic Museum should be around here somewhere for I remember seeing them but they were not very spectacular. Some spots near the building also reeked of urine and there were old, unkempt buildings elsewhere, one very big one even had a damaged roof which was in dire need of repair. We did not spend much time here; in fact, we left earlier than planned. Miss Lim, the organiser for our trip, even had to phone our guide who was nowhere in sight...

Around the Jakarta Historical Museum Area in Jakarta Old Town Area...








Travel Tip: Have your guide walk with you!

2 comments:

Liudmila said...

To be an old town it is so clean and with nobody in the streets... I read a book about jakarta some days ago and thought it had to be very disordinated place.

footiam said...

Some parts of Jakarta are ok, some are not.

Have another serving of Travel Pangs!