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Jakarta Post

Jakarta opens first railway tourism

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, November 21 2011   /  08:00 am

The Jakarta administration inaugurated on Sunday the city’s first railway tourism package aimed at attracting more tourists and reducing traffic congestion.

The city program will offer a railway tour that will take tourists on a trip from Gambir Railway Station in Central Jakarta to the Tanjung Priok Station in North Jakarta.

During the 40-minute maiden trip on Sunday, tourists are offered the opportunity to catch a glimpse of slums and crowded neighborhoods built by poor residents along the railway before arriving at the grand building of Tanjung Priok Station, which was recently reconstructed to bring back its architectural splendor.

Built in 1914 by the Dutch colonial government, the station once served as a hotel and warehouse. The state railway company PT KAI stopped operating the station in 2001, but reopened it in 2009.

Tanjung Priok Station was ope...