Kota Tua is a neighbourhood in Jakarta, Indonesia, that is just about a square kilometre in area. It is also referred to as Old Batavia and Old Jakarta. Tourists visiting Kota Tua will be amazed by this remnant from a different place and time – an old European city transplanted into a highly developed Asian one. It is a very popular tourist spot in the city and all those interested in learning more about the city’s history will be sure to enjoy a trip here.
Although very small in terms of size, Kota Tua was once a very important town and a hub for trade and commerce. The town was built by the Dutch East India Company (who ruled the area at that time) in 1620 to honour their ancestors. Centuries later, in 1972, the Governor of Jakarta declared the area to be a national heritage site. This helped preserve Kota Tua and the historic buildings found there.
The architecture of buildings in this area show strong Dutch influences, but one can also see a few buildings bearing Chinese influences as well as hybrids of the two styles. The notable attractions here mainly include museums and places of worship. Tourists should make it a point to visit the Wayang Museum, the Fine Art and Ceramic Museum, the Port of Sunda Kelapa, Fatahillah Square and the Toko Merah.
Jakarta is the capital of Indonesia and a highly popular tourist destination within the country. In fact, no trip to Indonesia can be considered complete without stopping by here. The city is known for its amazing shopping opportunities and excellent night scene. Traffic in the city can be a little bit of a problem so it becomes vital to have lodgings in a central area.
Tourists looking for good long stay accommodation Jakarta can try the Country Woods Jakarta. It is situated within easy reach of many popular shopping centres and is not too far from the Expressways. They offer choices ranging from apartments to bungalows, each as comfortable and as cosy as home. Guests staying here may start off looking for holiday accommodation Jakarta but will end up with something more.