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All visits to Old Batavia point to Fatahillah Square. The cobblestone plaza is the vital heart to this historic district, bringing together cultural performers, friendly merchants, and enthusiastic visitors. Roost atop a bollard to bask in the flurry of activity; or, rent out a sepeda onthel (old-fashioned bike) to zoom around the square! Bicycle owners host guided tours on-wheels. Venture through the narrow streets and hear tales straight from the local’s mouth. After more than 300 years of Dutch occupation, and a few more under the Japanese during World War II, natives reclaimed the area by naming this square after Fatahillah (a national hero). He was also known as Sunan Gunungjati, a commander who successfully drove out Portuguese fleets brought about the spice trade. Fatahillah’s triumph against invaders inspired the town’s new name, Jayakarta (“victorious deed” in Sanskrit) that would later be shortened to Jakarta.
Jalan Lada, Kota Tua, Pinangsia, Tamansari, West Jakarta, Jakarta, Indonesia
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