City Hall Prison: The Cage within the Batavia City Hall

The overcrowding problem of the detention center was already in place for decades. It was reported in 1845, in the prison of the Batavia City Hall, 85 percent of inmates were died within four months. Most of those were affected by typhoid, cholera, and dysentery due to overcrowded situation in the City Hall prisons. Some…

Jan Pieterszoon Coen: The Founder of Batavia

Jan Pieterszoon Coen was born in Hoorn, Netherlands. He was baptized on January 8, 1587 and died in Batavia on 21 September 1629. Jan Pieterszoon Coen is the fourth and sixth Governor General of the VOC. In the first term, Coen ruled from 1619 to 1623 and the second term takes place between 1627 to…

Pintu Kecil: The Wallstreet of Batavia

Kleine Poort is the name that was used to refer to the Jl. Pintu Kecil (Small Door street). Pintu Kecil name derived from the name of the door to get into the fortress of Batavia. Pintu Kecil becomes an alternative way for those who are going into or out of the city walls. Because the…

Batavia: the Capital City of the Transnational Company

The Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagni, (VOC) or the Dutch East India Company was a chartered company established in 1602, when the States-General of the Netherlands granted the power to carry out 21 year monoply and colonial activities in Asia. The VOC always considered as the first multinational company and the first company to issue stock. The VOC…

Jl. Perniagaan Barat: The Las Vegas of Batavia

In the early 18th century, Jl. Perniagaan Barat, Roa Malaka, Jakarta Barat/West Jakarta known as Jl. Dji Lak Keng which means “twenty-six buildings”. The Angke river that flowing in front of Jl. Dji Lak Keng finally also known as Dji Lak Keng river. Twenty-six of the building used as a home of opium, a gambling,…

Kali Angke: The Killing Field

The Chinese people who seek their fortune in Batavia already reached 80 thousand people, and in general they work in many sugar factory. Sugar at that time was one of the largest oil fields in Jakarta. But the price of sugar in the international market is decline since there were many sugar available from Malabar,…

Cafe Batavia: The Best Part of Old City

Cafe Batavia is located on Jl. Pintu Besar Utara, Jakarta Barat/West Jakarta and it was built in 1837 or 7 years after the construction of Batavia City Hall. Cafe Batavia occupies the building that was once the VOC administration office. Paul Hassan in 1990 bought this building and turn it into a gallery. Eka Chandra,…

Menara Syahbandar: The Leaning Tower Jakarta

Menara Syahbandar or Syahbandar Tower (Uitkijk) is located on Jl. Pasar Ikan, Jakarta Utara/North Jakarta. The tower  was built around 1839. The tower is actually a former bastion (tower of defense) Culemborg that was built in 1645. The tower serves as a monitoring tower for ships entering and leaving Batavia by sea and also served…

Pintu Air Manggarai: Controlling Jakarta Flood

Pintu Air Manggarai or Manggarai Water Gate is located at the corner of Jl. Tambak, Menteng, Central Jakarta. Manggarai Water Gate was built to control the massive floods that sometimes happened in Jakarta. Floods and Jakarta are two things that are difficult to separate. Since flooding is one of the problems facing Jakarta for a…