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Sunda Kelapa Harbour, Jakarta

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Jakarta's old port, Sunda Kelapa Harbour features historic docks lined by the pointed prows of pinisi--traditional two-masted wooden sailing ships with colorful hulls. For a small fee, guides working in this area can tell you more about the port's history and its role in the spice trade. Though only a minor port now, this site played a significant part in the early development of Jakarta. Keep in mind that this is still an active port, so expect to see and smell the dirt and grime of local industry. Using our world travel planner, Jakarta attractions like Sunda Kelapa Harbour can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Nice to by the old port of the former Batavia walking. Particular that those old wooden ships still used.
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  • I really love this place. It is as mighty as Titanic movie. You can see lots of the mighty wooden ships along the docks. These are treasure ships that used to travel to many islands of Indonesia.  more »
  • With a little luck we met Bram that stood at the entrance to the Sunda Kelapa Harbour. He offered us a tour, which he called ' the real life of Jakarta '. He took us on a boat and steered us to the back of the port. In the port we climbed a ship and we were allowed to see the inside. Then he let us see the fishing boats and we visited the oldest village and Harbour section of Jakarta. From there, we walked to the maritime museum with the end stop the leaning tower ' De Uytkijk ' near the old warehouse. For anyone who want to visit the port, make sure you take a tour or guide. As will be shown to us were places that we ourselves would never have found! You also get the information provides added value. It is a beautiful part of the city that is certainly worth a visit!
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