Tracing the history of an untold tale
Jakarta is not only the capital of Indonesia, but it is also the perfect illustration of the blend of cultures present in the country, that of Javanese, Malay, Chinese, Indian, Arabian and European. The city of Jakarta can be clearly separated from the old town and the new town, new town bearing the burden of keeping up with the fast-paced modern world, while the old town, Kota Tua, provides a glimpse into the historical beauty of Jakarta. The hotel industry has made ample use of this untold history of the city, in that many are a part of the “artistic heritage trail”, a tour that seeks to explore the old town of Jakarta.
The trail goes through three important museums in the city: Jakarta History Museum known for its collection of Betwai style furniture and housing over 20,000 artefacts; Museum of Fine Arts and Ceramics, the place to go if you seek to witness authentic Indonesian handicrafts, handicrafts and hand painted ceramic ware; and Wayang Museum, a unique stop that showcases the history and importance of Indonesia’s shadow puppet theatre. One can opt to enjoy the trail in a large bus with a number of other tourists, or take the most famous way of cycling the trail on one of Jakarta’s famous colourful bicycles. You will pass traditional villages, folks putting up traditional dances and be able to catch a glimpse of true Indonesian culture.
You will end the tour at the gorgeous Café Batavia, a colonial-style structure that will definitely end the tour on a high note. If you wish to get an idea of what the trail entails, you can check out the hashtag #AlilaJakarta, a venture by hotel Alila Jakarta to portray the beauty of the city. Whether you be an old soul or a modern being, this trail through the old city ofJakarta will definitely leave you with food for thought and plenty of picture perfect moments.
Roland Lefevre is a travel writer who specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe.