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Jakarta Post

A virtual tour of Jakarta, the big melting pot of cultures

  • Adityastha Rai Wratsangka


Jakarta   /   Wed, July 8 2020   /  01:00 am
Historically artistic: Raden Saleh’s mansion when he went to Jakarta after living 20 years in Europe.(JP/Adityastha Wratsangka)

A virtual tour takes tourists to Jakarta’s landmarks safely from the comfort of their own homes during the pandemic. The tour, dubbed Wisata Keliling Jakarta (Jakarta Touring), took place from June 22 to 28 as a part of the capital’s anniversary celebrations and it was organized by tourism tech company Atourin, the Jakarta branch of the Indonesian Tour Guide Association (HPI) and tour operator Wisata Kreatif Jakarta. On the last day, the tour took visitors to Jakarta landmarks influenced by foreign cultures. Tour guide Ira Lathief dressed in traditional Betawi clothing and took the participants on tour with Google maps along with slides featuring pictures and videos she had taken herself. She explained that Jakarta was a melting pot of many cultures, not only from different parts of Indonesia but also ones that came from abroad. “People may...