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Sunda Kelapa Harbor was once a bustling trading hub, with multi-masted ships (called pinisi) hauling fish and other cargo from the far reaches of the old world. It was the city’s first port, one that lured foreign merchants for centuries. Here, Fatahillah led a troop to redeem the area from invasion. After the excitement, what remains today is a relatively quiet dock. Wander through a lane of moored wooden ships that tower over passers-by. Most activity has shifted to the Port of Tanjung Priok. Still, porters go about their day at Sunda Kelapa Harbor, shuttling off goods by trolley. The scene is far from a typical tourist spot, and much less glamorous than sites closer to the main square. Sunda Kelapa Harbour gives a candid look into everyday life as it has been going since before the Dutch even set foot on-shore.
Open today: 24 hours
Jalan Maritim, Kota Tua, North Jakarta, Jakarta, Indonesia
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