Beauty from the Past: The Forgotten Molenvliet Canal

The Molenvliet canal that divides Jalan Gajah Mada and Jalan Hayam Wuruk originally made by Chinese Captain Phoa Beng Gam atau Phoa Bing Gam, second Chinese Captain after Souw Beng Kon. At that time, the canal was made to transport the wood from the southern part of Batavia to the the walls of the City…

Museum Sejarah Jakarta: Bangunan Megah Peninggalan VOC

Museum Sejarah Jakarta atau yang dikenal masyarakat sebagai Museum Fatahillah berada di Jl. Taman Fatahillah No. 1 Jakarta Barat. Awalnya, museum ini digunakan sebagai Balai Kota dan dibangun di tahun 1620 oleh Gubernur Jenderal Jan Pieterzoen Coen. Bangunan ini telah beberapa kali direnovasi pada 1627 dan 1707. Gedung ini tidak hanya berfungsi sebagai Balai Kota…

A Brief Note on Law Development in Batavia

When the Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie (Dutch East India Company or VOC) came to Indonesia in 1596, the Dutch found out that there were already existing small kingdoms (kerajaan or kesultanan)  with their own law and order. While being different, the Dutch did not  eliminate and disregard such law and order. Instead, there were two applicable…

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…

Kantor Pos Fatahillah

Kantor Pos Fatahillah or Jakarta Old City Post Office is located on Jl. Kali Besar Timur, Jakarta Barat/West Jakarta. It is located right before the Jakarta History Museum. Post office building was designed by Ir. R. Baumgartner, and from the beginning designed as a post office. Post Office was built in 1928. As a newly…

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…

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,…

Gedong Galangan Kapal VOC: The Very Old Cafe of Jakarta

Gedong Galangan Kapal VOC or VOC Shipyard Building is located on Jl. Kakap No. 1, Jakarta Utara/North Jakarta. The building was founded in 1628 and is used for making small boats as well as repairs for large vessels owned by VOC. VOC Shipyard built on an area of 2,000 square meters and mark as one…