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Walking through history in Kota Tua

Ni Nyoman Wira
Ni Nyoman Wira

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Sat, October 26, 2019  /  03:07 pm
Walking through history in Kota Tua

Jakartans enjoy the night at Fatahillah Square, West Jakarta, in front of the Jakarta History Museum. (JP/Ricky Yudhistira)

A visit to Fatahillah Square in Kota Tua, West Jakarta, on weekend nights can be overwhelming. It’s almost impossible to get through the crowd without bumping into other walkers or tripping on uneven sidewalks.  At times, people abruptly stop in the middle of the way to marvel at street artists who pose as famous Indonesian figures. Adding to the commotion are pushcarts, palm readers and street tattoo artists. The hustle and bustle of the area dates back to 17th-century Dutch colonial rule. People would gather in the square for events thanks to its proximity to the Stadhuis, or city hall (now the Jakarta History Museum). Those events once included public executions. Historian Asep Kambali (center) is surrounded by participants during the Night Trip at Kota Tua, West Jakarta, on Oct. 12. (JP/Ni Nyoman Wira) In the Wisata Malam Kota Tua-Jakarta (Night Trip...