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Traversing the hidden gems of historical Cikini

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Jakarta   /   Wed, March 4, 2020   /  05:27 pm
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Huize de Vijfsprong is named for the intersection of five streets where it stands in Cikini, Central Jakarta.(JP/Tri Indah Oktavianti)

Just across Menteng Huis shopping mall are restaurants housed in structures with large windows of the neoclassical architectural style, redolent of the Dutch colonial era as they stand in a row along their bustling, modern surroundings on Jl. Cikini. The street in Central Jakarta is where Jakarta’s past and present meet. And while its historical and aesthetic value is visible to the naked eye, Cikini is just another street to almost everyone who rushes by. Moved by its concerns for the capital's forgotten history, the Indonesia Hidden Heritage (IHH) preservation community hosted last Sunday a tour to promote awareness of the village's wealth of history: “Trip to Cikini: The Other Side of the Story”. Dozens of people who shared an interest in the city’s past, which rarely finds m...