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Jakarta Arts Building, Jakarta

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The Jakarta Art Building, historically known as Schouwburg Weltevreden, is a concert hall in Sawah Besar, Central Jakarta, Indonesia, built during the colonial period in Batavia, Dutch East Indies.HistoryThe idea for the creation of a theater in Batavia came from the Governor-General of Batavia at that time, Herman Willem Daendels. This idea was realized by Stamford Raffles, who was known for his passion for the study and preservation of local culture. In 1814 Raffles ordered the construction of a simple bamboo theatre near Waterlooplein, under the name "Military Theater Venue". It was built by English soldiers and had a capacity of 250 people. This first theater in Batavia was used from 1811 to 1816 for the entertainment of British soldiers.In August 1816, the English gave the Indies back to the Dutch East Indies and Batavia was under the governorship of the Netherlands once more. Performances were again held in the building on April 21, 1817, by groups of Dutch amateur performers.In 1820 the bamboo theater began to show signs of deterioration, and in 1821, supported by the Dutch colonial government, it was replaced with a more permanent structure. The architect chosen to design the building was J.C. Schultze
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  • Went here for a few times to watch orchestras and it was amazing. But the building somehow needs a cleaning because you can smell the dust everywhere. The chairs inside also needs to be cleaned becaus...  more »
  • Here the pas sodara said idly joined penta theatre here turns out to be far from ga office location and d this location really cool it feels rich watch theater performances in a foreign country and it turns out that this building is the building where art lovers ngumpul now create art lovers it rekomen danget deh make on visit
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  • Interesting experience for me, his first theatrical performances in this building. The building is located in Central jakarta is one of cultural heritage relics of the Netherlands.
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  • Classic design is the best, i think. The building is old, but is well maintained. The chairs don't make you itch, although they might not be very comfy for large people. Room Size is good, so nobody would miss much details no matter where they sit. The acoustic is better than new art buildings that I have been in. Too bad they don't have wheelchair accessible facilities.
  • I love how deceivingly small the building looks from outside. Once you're inside you will be brought back to the 19th century. A quite spacious concert hall with chandelier, European statues, and rich history. One of the most well-kept time capsules that Jakarta has to offer.
  • Those who appreciate art would love this place. Great performances are shown here regularly, grab one if you can! The medium sized building enables you to enjoy an intimate show provided by various talented performers!
  • Also known as Schouwburg. Came once to watch concert. Really good seat but the room smells weird
  • Relatively small, but glorious. I like the design, heard the sound system & architecture combined create one of the best audio experience. And it's just a hop away from a Transjakarta bus shuttle. Nice!

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