It’s been a while that I didn’t get around my own city (and almost 2 years since last time I wrote travel notes on this blog). So, when my BFF informed me about a free walking tour in Chinatown area then I asked her to register me and my son along with her and family.
Organized by http://www.wisatasekolah.com
The meeting point was in front of 7-Eleven at Novotel Gajah Mada (https://goo.gl/maps/ZMTYvQwa8D12). There were four groups to accommodate participants who didn’t arrive exactly at 9:00 AM as scheduled. My group with Oka’s family started our tour at 10:05 AM.
We reveived free souvenirs and bottled drink.
Pre-walk briefing by our tour guide, Candha, he’s volunteer from http://jakartagoodguide.wordpress.com
First stop: Candra Naya Building (http://m.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/08/02/candra-naya-besieged-still-charming.html), built in 19th century then used as home and office by a rich Chinese major.
Google maps location: https://goo.gl/maps/LcHHB8j5FMu (the whole area once belonged to Khouw Kim An who had separated building to live with his 14 wives and 24 children, which was already demolished, and empty yards around it had been occupied by hotel and apartment high rise buildings).
Nobody lived there since few decades ago. Right wing of the building became some coffee shops. Some other sections were vacant then available for rent, means could be used for wedding party etc.
Next stop: Pasar Glodok. It was traditional Chinese market, the only place to buy pork during colonial time but currently known as electronic mall to buy gadget and home appliances at bargain price. Here we stopped a while when Candha explained a brief history of Chinese people in Indonesia.
During colonial time, people who had Chinese heritage were not counted as local but just temporary residents. Few times they suffered genocide i.e. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1740_Batavia_massacre then not allowed to settle outside this area which is now known as “Glodok” until years later.
Further reading: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_Indonesians
Behind that modern electronic mall there was a street (Jalan Kemenangan or traditionally known as “Petak Sembilan”) where Indonesian Chinese people sell snacks and knick-knacks.
Expensive sea cucumber, US$22.50 each.
At the end of Jalan Kemenangan, we visited a Buddhist temple. It burned out, seven months ago (http://m.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/03/03/jakarta-s-historic-dharma-bhakti-temple-gutted-overnight-blaze.html) and was still in renovation process.
We continued walking to Jalan Kemenangan III and made a stop at a Catholic church.
Few minutes walk from that church, we visited another Buddhist temple, still on Jalan Kemenangan III.
Later we passed a small alley at front left side of the temple, a very interesting place for culinary tour (but halal food was rare to find) called “Gloria Food Alley”.
Finally we reached our last point: Chandra Building at Jalan Pancoran.
It was 12:10 PM when Candha finished our walking tour. It was free of charge but participants chipped-in to give him a tip.
Last pose with Candha.
Alif and I, along with Oka, Muadzin, Alayka, Arkan, Axan then walked to old town area to have lunch at Historia.
See you at another time, Lovely Jakarta!