Kawasan Perkampungan Budaya Betawi Setu Babakan or Setu Babakan Betawi Cultural Village is a settlement that have been set as a place of preservation and sustainable development of Betawi culture by the local city government. It is located on Jl. Situ Babakan, Srengseng Sawah, Jagakarsa, Jakarta Selatan/South Jakarta. Setu or Situ means Small Lake
The village started its status as a Betawi cultural heritage in 2004 with the Governor of Jakarta at the time, Sutiyoso. Today, Setu Babakan Betawi Cultural Village has become the only place where the artists of Betawi “feel at home.” This village has 200 galleries and arts of Betawi culture and on every weekend, the manager of Kampung Betawi has scheduled appearances of Betawi artists. These artists mostly reside in the surrounding regions.
Setu Babakan has an area of about 289 acres, which covers two natural small lakes: Setu Babakan and Setu Mangga Bolong. Setu Babakan has become an entertainment for visitors for fishing, canoeing and water bicycle sports. Both Setus are also surrounded by Betawi fruit and trees like Kecapi, starfruit, rambutan, sapodilla, melinjo, papaya, banana, guava and jackfruit.
In this area, you can find the typical traditional one-storey Betawi houses with a spacious terrace, which are mostly build with wood. Also in this area, you can also find an outdoor stage to showcase a variety of performances such as the Lenong Betawi, Pencak Silat (Betawi Martial Arts), Ondel-Ondel and many more.
To refresh your body and mind, you also can enjoy the lake view while sitting or enjoying water recreation facilities such as a duck boat with a ticket price of Rp 5000 per person. You can also enjoy a variety of Betawi food and drink in this area, a few of which are the Kerak Telor (crust eggs), Fried Bean Sprout, and Betawi’s famous beer, Bir Pletok.
Bir Pletok is Betawi’s traditional drink, and although it has the word “beer” in it, this drink is absolutely alcohol free. Bir Pletok has its own history in the community. During colonial times, Betawi people always saw the Dutch and the Japanese drinking beer, and so they made their own non-alcoholic “beer.” It was made non-alcoholic because Betawi people are very well known as an Islamic community.
For more information on this place, check out their twitter account @SetuBabakan.
How to get here (see the route map):
From Juanda/Gondangdia/Cikini: Go to Platform 2 and take the Red Line heading to Depok/Bogor, and then stop at Universitas Pancasila Station, and take a 24-minute walk to the east.
From Tanah Abang: Go to Platform 3 and take the Yellow Line heading to Depok/Bogor, and then stop at Universitas Pancasila Station and take a 24-minute walk to the east.
From Sudirman: Go to Platform 2 and take the Yellow Line heading to to Depok/Bogor, and then stop at Universitas Pancasila Station and take a 24-minute walk to the eastern direction.
For a map illustration, click here, or see the map below.