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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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  • This place is one of the oldest docks in Jakarta. All the commerce between Indonesia and Europe past here in the old days. And even now, it's still a busy place. The wooden ships - based on the old mo...  more »
  • I have been here several times since the eighties and this visit just reconfirmed what a unique location Sunda Kelapa is. It would be a crime to make a full blown tourist destination but a small visit...  more »
  • You should be real boat fan, if one is on the way. Small admission fee is also payable. The boats look run down and everything is very extensive. A bicycle would be handy here.
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  • I thought it was a nice place to visit but unfortunately u can only see big ship there, nothing more
  • This place is the beginning of Jakarta. Now it is not as busy as in the past. But it is still an interesting place to visit. Look at wooden boats unloads, take a lot of pictures there
  • HERITAGE port of old Batavia (now Jakarta). Still existed through the years as harbour for traditional ships like Phinisis.
  • Dirty, dusty, smelly noisy. Unless you are going on a boat, I would stay away
  • Nice place to take picture.

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