For an authentic experience of the past and the present of Indonesia, visit Sunda Kelapa, one of Jakarta’s oldest ports. At one time Sunda Kelapa stood as the main port of Indonesia and transported all the important commodities from the neighbouring islands, but today it is able to only accommodate a “pinsi”, a two masted wooden sailing ship, and is more of a historical monument than anything else.
The Sunda Kelapa, translated as the “Coconut of Sunda”, is located on the estuarine of the Ciliwung River. From the 13th to the 16th century, the Sunda Kelapa stood as the most prominent port of the Sunda Kingdom which primarily served as the capital at the time. It was a thriving region which flourished with houses and offices and has a history of different reigns.
At one time it was granted to the Portuguese who settled around the region building their European architectural style monuments that have captivated people throughout time. During another period it was retaken by the Indonesians and renamed Jayakarta. Finally it fell into the hands of the Dutch who once again ornamented this area with striking buildings and created a whole new town called the Batavia.
For years it remained this way and was the primary port of Batavia until the birth of the Tanjung Priok which was built to cater to the increasing maritime traffic in the region. Once Indonesia gained its independence, the port regained its previous name as a tribute to the age old history that it was a part of.
Today Sunda Kelapa showcases some of the most breathtaking architectural styles from Indonesia’s past. This well preserved port attracts thousands of tourists who are eager to experience an authentic Jakarta tour as they immerse themselves in the wealth of history this city proudly boasts of.
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