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Ngojak explores hidden history, cultures of Jakarta

  • Vela Andapita
    Vela Andapita

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sun, July 7, 2019   /  06:53 pm
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A cosplayer looks through a telescope at Fatahillah Museum in West Jakarta, on Jan 30, 2018. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

It is widely assumed that young people love modern technology and are losing touch with history, a Jakarta-based community called Ngojak is trying to prove otherwise. Since starting out in 2013 as an open platform for people to share their writing about Jakarta life, Ngojak — short for ngopi di Jakarta (drinking coffee in Jakarta) — has grown into a collaborative community aimed at learning about the capital’s history, culture and other urban stories. Members gather regularly at certain locations, which is usually followed by a walk to a nearby historical site. They would take pictures, talk to local residents, write about their findings and upload their story onto a blog or social media platform. Some of the lucky few will have their writing posted on Ngojak's official website Ngopijakarta.com. Ngojak cofounder Novita Anggraini said that despite bearing...