Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Jakarta for history buffs

Fri Jun 26, 2009 7:10am EDT
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By Jennifer Henderson

JAKARTA (Reuters Life!) - Got 48 hours to explore the history of Jakarta? Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors with a penchant for the past enjoy Indonesia's bustling capital.


6 p.m. - Step back in time to 1800s Indonesia at Bunga Rampai Restaurant, Menteng. Let your tastebuds tingle with some spicy nasi buketan -- pandan-flavored rice, served with meat, shredded omelet and chilli -- as you dine in elegant, white surroundings reminiscent of the Dutch colonial period.


5 a.m. - Start early to escape the morning rush hour, and head north to Kota or Old Jakarta, the original settlement from which the modern city grew. Ensure you have one-thousand rupiah (10 U.S. cent) notes as most of the museums charge a small fee.

5.30 a.m. - Head to the docks to watch the sunrise over the Javenese sea at Sunda Kelapa. The 500-year-old port, and the village around it, once served as a trading point between the Portuguese and Hindu Kingdom of Pajajaran, it was later used by the Dutch. Tours are available from the tourist hut on the dock.

7 a.m.- For the very adventurous, try to eat at one of the local warungs or food stalls east of the dock.

8 a.m. - Take a bicycle taxi or 'sepeda ontel' to the nearby Pasar Ikan fish market. Even though the auction is long over (it takes place at 3 a.m.), it is still bustling with activity.   Continued...

<p>A view of clear skies in central Jakarta, on the eastern Indonesian island of Java October 6, 2006. REUTERS/Supri</p>