Java Jamboree: Sunda Kelapa's Schooners

Long before the Dutch came and named Jakarta Betawi, the Indonesian capital was called Sunda Kelapa. The earliest record about this place went back as early as the fourth century to the Indianized Kingdom of Tarumanagara. Today, there is a place called Sunda Kelapa in North Jakarta which is a must see place if you are into ship and boats or even fish for this present Sunda Kelapa at the mouth of Ciliwung River in Penjaringan sub-district which is better known as Pasar Ikan (fish market), as the name suggests, has a market where one can witness fish catch of the day being auctioned in the early morning. Of course, my friends and I visited this old port when it was almost noon and our guide did not at all tell us about the fish market. But it was enough taking a stroll along the port whereBugis schooners from South Sulawesi anchor and offer a picturesque scene. The brightly painted schooner from Makassar called Pinisi had belonged to one of the last-fleets of sailboats in the world and amazingly, these still ply the seas between the islands, as they did centuries ago, carrying merchandise such as timbers...

Schoonesr in Sunda Kelapa...







Traveling Tip: Stop at old ports!

Comments

Liudmila said…
So many in one place... It could be interesting to see them with opened sails.
footiam said…
I think so too. It would be nice to sail in one too.

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