Jakarta is Indonesia’s capital city and was known as Sunda Kelapa during the Kingdom of Sunda period and Jayakarta, Djajakarta or Jacatra during the short period of the Banten Sultanate.
Thereafter, Jakarta evolved in three stages;
- The “old city”, close to the sea in the north, developed between 1619 and 1799 during the era of the VOC
- The “new city” to the south evolved between 1809 and 1942 after the Dutch government took over control of Batavia from the failed VOC, whose charter expired in 1799
- The third stage was the development of modern Jakarta since the proclamation of independence in 1945. Under the Dutch, it was known as Batavia (1619–1949), and was Djakarta (in Dutch) or Jakarta during the Japanese occupation and the modern period
Explore the romantic historical Batavia, starting from Taman Fatahillah (Fatahillah Square) to the nearby museums and on up to Sunda Kelapa harbour through visiting the historical museums (Museum Bank Mandiri, Museum Bank Indonesia, Museum Fatahillah, Museum Art and Handy Craft, and Museum Wayang (traditional puppets), which are close to one another, by paying around IDR 5,000 from 9:00 to 15:00 every day.
Besides this, Batavia is usually used as a pre-wedding photo spot, with a nice ancient ambience.