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Chinatown (Glodok)

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Address: Old Batavia, Jakarta, Indonesia
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

The Chinatown of Jakarta began long before Indonesia existed as a nation...

The Chinatown of Jakarta began long before Indonesia existed as a nation and was originally the Chinatown of Batavia. This was the area where the Dutch required the Chinese to live. Today, the whole area is called Glodok and includes traditional houses, markets, architecture and some very beautiful Chinese temples; the Da Shi Miao and the Vihara Dharma Bhakti temples are both popular tourist attractions. The Glodok Market is one of the great commercial centers of Jakarta where you can buy everything from antiques to laptops.

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Good chinese neighborhood in Jakarta

you'll find anything there, streets so dirty as expected; different perspective travel through it by motorbike.

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 January 2017
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Glodok, Pancoran, Mangga Besar, Angke and Jembatan Lima are part of Jakarta's Chinatown. In these places you will find Great and affordable Chinese food, cheap souvenirs, Chinese medicines and herbs, a Budhist temple, plenty small alleys which will lead you to more alleys and more shops. Defenitely worth the shopping (you can haggle the price of the item you are... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited this place the weekend before Chinese New Year and it was all decked out in red lanterns and other decorations. Plus the regular market was happening - snacks, fruits and vegetables of all types, fish, chickens, pork, frog legs, sea cucumbers, crab, special cakes, jewelry, shoes, etc. You name it, it was for sale here. Go here if... More 

Thank Timmi002
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

If U looking for chinese medicine, chinese inggridient food, Chinese food, this is the place. U will see the old chinatown here. In the morning, U will find a market also

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

you'll find anything there, streets so dirty as expected; different perspective travel through it by motorbike.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

Reading the reviews here on TA, we almost skipped the Chinatown. However the descrition of a walk in the Jakarta 25 Excursions changed our mind. And we were so glad that we followed the walk described in this book. The Chinatown was a pleasant surprise; it was clean, compared to the streets of Jakarta, full of Chinese minding their own... More 

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Petaling Jaya, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

great place to find things . from food, snack , clothes and etc... love the ambiance. if want to find some Chinese snack , food or ornament for CNY , this is the place that u need to see

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

i loved this place! it's full of life, shops, really interesting area to visit. You will always find something to buy or to discover

Thank Fred862014
Jakarta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

Jakarta's Chinatown is reachable by commuter train or by Transjakarta. If you came by commuter train, stop at Stasiun Jakarta Kota (Jakarta Kota station). Glodok is located near and within walking distance to that station. In Glodok, you can find food just like in every Chinatown in many countries. Local people sell fruit or street food. If you dare, try... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

For a food lover like I am, every Chintatown in every city is a food heaven to me. Of course every Chinese town has its own charm and so does the one in Jakarta. In fact the town in here looked older than the ones in Singapore and Malaysia. It has a very different vibe and I really enjoyed my... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

I personally only spend a very short time through china Town since not much of attractions for us especially if you live in Asian countries.

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