Tour de Jakarta Project #2

VT script


Astrid : “Hi, hi, hi everyone! Astrid’s here, and I will guide you during our tour in Jakarta! Let’s start with… Monumen Nasional!!!

Well, as you can see, I’m in exactly in front of Monas statue. It’s really beautiful in here. We will go up to the top, to see Jakarta’s view from above. It must be exciting! I can’t wait to see it! But, before we go up there, we’ll see what is inside there. Now, let’s come in!”

Narrator : “Monumen Nasional or Monas, or in English we say The National Monument, is the trademark of Jakarta. It is 422 feet (128.7 m) and located in Central Jakarta. This statue is symbolized the fight for Indonesia's independence. The construction began in 1961 under the direction of Indonesian’s first president Sukarno and the monument was opened to the public in 1975.”

Astrid : “Guys, the admission price is only --- rupiahs. Quite cheap, isn’t it? Nah, we’re in now. See, there are museum inside the Monas. Let’s take a look one by one.

VT 2

Sunda Kelapa

Astrid : “Everyone, still with me Astrid. There are so many places worth to explore in Jakarta, one of them is Sunda Kelapa harbor!

This Harbor has been well known since the 12th century, but the existence estimated to be since the 5th century. Wow, can you imagine that? It’s been a long time right?

Everywhere I looked at, I see sea and boats, and ships! Look, you could see ships in a line, which have unique shape and the body painted in some different colors. You know what, the ships, known as Bugis Phinisi, are made by hand out of iron wood. Curious what else is in here? Come with me.”

Narrator : “Sunda Kelapa Harbour is located in Jalan Maritim Raya, North Jakarta. To get here, you could ride Trans Jakarta Busway from the first corridor, with the route of Blok M to Kota Tua. You need to get off at the last station, Kota Tua, and from there you ride a taxi, bajaj or bicycle ojek to Sunda Kelapa Harbor. Sunda Kelapa Harbor is about 2km away from Kota Tua Station.

Sunda Kelapa Harbor was belongs to Sunda Empire with capital of Pajajaran, located at around the current Bogor. At that time Sunda Kelapa Harbor was busily visited for the spicy trading. Foreign ships from China, South India, Japan, and Middle East was docking at Sunda Kelapa Harbor and conducting trading activities by carrying commodities like perfume, horses, wine, porcelain, coffee, silk, textiles and coloring materials to be traded with the spicy.

Astrid : “Wow, look at this. This is fish market. You can take a small rowboat to the Fish Market across the river for about 5,000 Rp. Sunda Kelapa also known as Pasar Ikan (meaning fish market). The fish catch of the day was auctioned in the early morning at the old fish market. The street leading to it was lined with shops selling all sorts of shells, dehydrated turtles, lobsters and mostly everything the seafarer might need. It’s all fresh from the sea. Hmm, smells fishy… hehehe…

How about move on to the Bahari Museum? Come on.”

Narrator : “Museum Bahari save 126 collection objects maritime history. Particularly ships and boats traditional trade. Among the dozens of miniature collection displayed there are 19 boats and 107 native fruit miniature, photos and other marine biota.

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Kota Tua

Astrid : “Guys, after touring the Monas, now move on to Jakarta Old City! Here is an area of Dutch colonization inheritance which was well-known as Batavia in the 17th century. Kota Tua is one of a very interesting place or area to visit when you travel to Jakarta since it’s a center of historical tourism object in Jakarta. If you are a history tour lover, then Jakarta Kota Station is one of the objects you should visit when you visit Jakarta, Indonesia. The architecture design was said to be the best one at its age. As you can see, the roads, buildings, and corners are likely European style. Amazing! Let’s see what else in here!”

Narrator : “To reach Jakarta Old City you could ride a taxi or public transportation, like busway. If you choose to ride busway, please ride the first corridor busway with Blok M to Kota Tua (Old City) route. You need to get off at the Kota Tua Terminal which is the last terminal where the busway will stop before go back to Blok M. You could reach Jakarta History Museum by walk from the terminal, since the distance is only about 300 meters, or you could ride a bicycle which local people call as bicycle ojek.

Jakarta Old Town (Kota Tua Jakarta), also known as Old Jakarta, and Old Batavia (Oud Batavia), is a small area in Jakarta, Indonesia. This special region spans 1.3 square kilometres of both North Jakarta and West Jakarta.

At Kota Tua area you can see old buildings with architecture style influenced by the Dutch or European architecture style, Chinese and even some of them with combination of Dutch and Chinese architecture.”

Astrid : “Look guys where I’m standing now. It’s Kota Intan Bridge. This was constructed in the 17th century by the Dutch government to connect the West Kali Besar and East Kali Besar. Hmm, beautiful isn’t it? Sst, it was told that a famous painter Vincent Van Gogh had visited Batavia before and painted a painting of Kota Intan Bridge. Woow, that’s incredible!”

Astrid : “Here it is! Jakarta History Museum, or in the other name is Museum Fatahillah. This Museum provides information on Jakarta’s history, starting from the prehistoric age to current age, in a creative way, through the collections of the museum. Want to come inside with me? Follow me!”

Narrator : “In VOC era the building where Jakarta History Museum currently stands was occupied as the municipal hall or Staadhuis. Municipal Hall of Batavia was built in 1620 by the General Governer, Jan Pieterszoon, who built Batavia.

Jakarta History Museum has up to 23,500 collections which some inherited from Oud Batavia Museum or Old Jakarta Museum, received from the government of DKI Jakarta, individual or institution grants. Material of the collection were varied, some are of medal, wood, crystal, ceramic, earthenware, porcelain, leather, paper, cloth, and bones. Some collections of Jakarta History Museum are partitions, execution sword, archives cabinet, paintings, and stuffs from prehistoric society, ancient inscription, and weapons. Some of the collections had been more than 1500 years old, especially those stuffs from the prehistoric age.

There is also underground prison located underneath the building under the garden side in the museum.”

Astrid : “Wow, so scary down here. Why don’t we go up stairs?”

Astrid : “Naaah guys, we’re in Museum Wayang now, or shadow puppet museum. This is really good, you guys have to see it. On 7th November, 2003, the United Nation recognized Indonesian wayang as the world heritage of masterpiece creation. Hence, if you visit Jakarta you should put Wayang Museum in one of interesting places list that you must visit. Let’s come in!”

Narrator : “Wayang Museum (used to be called as Shadow Puppet Museum as well) is a museum which keeps collections of wayang from various territories in Indonesia and even from other countries. The idea of building Wayang Museum started when H. Ali Sadikin, the governor of DKI Jakarta, attended the second wayang museum week in 1974.

The collections of Wayang Museum are very various, in both small and big size. Wayang Museum collects Indonesian leather wayangs, like Kedu, Tejokusuman, Ngabean, Surakarta, Banyumas, Cirebon, Gedog, Sadat, Madia Krucil, Sasak, Kaper, Wahyu, Kijang Kencana, Ukur, Suluh, Klitik, and Beber. There are collections of mask which were sourced from Cirebon, Bali, and Center Java. Some other stuffs are also displayed in Wayang Museum, like gamelan, Blencong lamp, glass wayang, zinc wayang, and paintings. There’re some collections that sourced from abroad, some of them are from Kelantan, Malaysia, Suriname, France, Cambodia, and Thailand.”

Astrid : “oh waaah, these are impressive! This museum is really complete! I amaze to all the collections... Well, let’s go out guys. It’s time to visit the legendary station!”

Astrid : “This station was appointed as a historical and cultural landmark in 1993. Also, this is railway station of the Dutch inheritance. Jakarta Kota Station is located at the area of Kota Tua, Jakarta, and that’s why the name became Jakarta Kota Station. Local people called this station as Beos Station.”

Narrator : “Jakarta Kota Station (BEOS) was constructed around 1870, and the building was then closed and renovated in 1926 and became a building like what it looks now. The station was officially announced to be utilized on 8th October 1929 by General Governor Jr. A.C.D. de Graef who was governed at Nederland Indies from 1926 to 1931. The architect who built Jakarta Kota Station was Frans Johan Louwrens Ghijsels, a Dutch architecture engineer who was born in Indonesia.

You may wonder why Jakarta Kota Station is also called as Beos. BEOS is the abbreviation of Bataviasche Ooster Spoorweg Maatschapij (East Batavia Train Enterprise). In the glorious time of Batavia, BEOS station was also known as Batavia Zuid (South Batavia Station). Jakarta Kota Station was designed to have 12 railroads which is still utilized until now.”

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