Posts Tagged With: Kota Tua

Jakarta Biennale 2017: making a piece of art myself

The Jakarta Biennale is at different locations and the two main museums at Kota Tua – the Old Town – both have installations on exhibition. Ten at the Jakarta History Museum  and the Museum Keramik, which is located in the former Court of Justice of colonial times. A beautiful building.

This was the day planning: arrive at ten, have a breakfast at Cafe Batavia with a view at Fatahillah square, then to Keramik museum followed by the Jakarta history museum.

In practise: due to circumstances I arrived with a headache at 1.30 pm, had a late lunch at Cafe Batavia, visited Keramik museum after which I arrived at closed doors at the other museum. Who siad it that life is what happens to you while making other plans?

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Sunday afternoon at Kota Tua 

 

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The lost buildings of the VOC (Dutch East India Company) in Jakarta

It was a long drive on the back of the motorbike of Bram, my city tourguide of the day. But we arrived in Kota Tua and visited the old buildings of the Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie.

Funny, cause after the Maritime museum and the VOC Dockyard, I ended up in the Compagnie.id, a new coffee house in the Old Town. The barista’s invited me inside for a free coffee, as they celebrated their soft opening. Jakarta always surprises.

It is good to see that the city is renovating its heritage buildings, although more can be done and saved. Although I realise money can be only spend only once, and I more urgent causes are in need of support.

Finally I find an orange cap for my coming support of the Formula 1 races in Kuala Lumpur next week. Next will be a shirt and a flag. Really wondering if I will ever find that in time in Jakarta…

 

 

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LOL in Kota Tua with local Students

The Old Town of Jakarta once was called Batavia. Nowadays it is calles Kota Tua and it is one of those rare places in Jakarta where all cars are banned. That helped.

Jakartans wind out here with friends and family on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Kids cycling around on colourfull bikes, while dozens of people take selfies with the facades of beautiful architecture in the background like the former townhall, Wayang museum, Kantor Pos and Batavia cafe. Living statues, tattoo painters and musicians show their arts on the main square and surrounding streets.

This weekend I wanted to vlog about the old town and tell about the history of some of the buildings, but due to curious students it became a whole different and muck more contemporary story…

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