There are only a few places I like in Jakarta: my office (seriously), the giant bookstores, coffee shops with bookshelves, the stretch of street stalls selling everything vintage in Jalan Surabaya, Seaworld and Planetarium (again, seriously), and… the Old Town area.
I love the Old Town not only because this 1.3 square kilometers area is very picturesque; but also because it reminded me of the pictures I saw in my history books. It gave me those “colonial romanticism” feeling (you know how I love to imagine myself living in a different era; the 1920s fascinates me the most).
A lazy stroll along this area is always a pleasant one. All those old buildings with beautiful architectures, street artists drawing your sketch or silhouette, tattoo stand, fortune-teller… It was unfortunate that several historical sites had been destroyed by the provincial government during the development of Jakarta, including Fortress Batavia, Gate of Amsterdam, and tram lane of Batavia (we had tram lane, once!).
I went to the Old Town again last weekend with my friend, Chris—me with my DSLR camera, running around taking pictures, and Chris with… nothing. “Who is the tourist, actually?” Chris laughed. “Yes, I am playing tourist!” I answered to that and mindlessly snapping some pictures again. Anyway, if you’re around this area, pay a visit to Warung Kota Tua. They have the best chicken noodles.
Nice captures, black and white strengthen the message.
Thank you, cantik! :*
I miss this place. Used to go there.
senang ya, di sana :’D
I’ve been there for a couple of times and it’s really an interesting area to explore more and more…!
Btw, I also like the Planetarium… 🙂 should go there again one day…
😀 Maybe one day we’ll bump into each other there! ^^
wow, gw uska potonya, ini tempat yg pengen bgt gw kunjungin di jakrta gak jadi2…i wish someday i would go to *amen*. Nice post love this one
cantik, ya. salah satu tempat yang cukup ramah buat jalan kaki di Jakarta 😀
iyah, cantik, gw udah banyak liat poto2 orang dan temen2 gw, sering jadi tempat pemotretan kayanya…mesti bergegas gak boleh ketinggalan ama yg dari luar, hehehehe, mari cintai budaya bangsa, *sokiyegw*