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Jakarta Post

Tourists litter, ill-mannered at Fatahillah Square

  • Shanis Irsamayanti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 12 2018   /  01:22 am

It is 11 a.m. when the sun shines throughout the thick, ancient white walls of the buildings surrounding Fatahillah Square.

Behind these walls, thousands of historical stories and events are summed up without any words.

The area is known as Kota Tua, which used to be the center of Batavia, a trade hub of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Several buildings from the era still remain, making the area an iconic tourist attraction in Jakarta.

But with poor facilities for visitors, crowds of tourists leave behind litter and take excessive selfies in poses that sometimes harm relics in the area.

Around the square, oceans of people loiter with their selfie sticks or fancy cameras. Some even squat while taking pictures of their friends to get a nice angle.

Bright-colored bicycles encircle the square, with riders going ...