Glodok (Jakarta Chinatown)

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Glodok (Jakarta Chinatown), Jakarta Overview

Long before the nation of Indonesia came into being, a Chinatown of Jakarta, previously known as Chinatown of Batavia, existed as an enclave of Chinese settlers in Dutch occupied Indonesia. Today, the remnants of the past Chinese settlement still exist with old Chinese temples designed with distinct elegant architecture still residing on these streets. Now known as Glodok, the place is famous for its market where visitors will find many beautiful antiques for souvenirs as well as electronic stores.

From old and beautiful Chinese temples like the famous Da Shi Miao, kuan yin, jin de Yuan(Jakarta's oldest Chinese temple) and Vihara Dharma Bhakti to stores selling showpieces and electronic equipments, Chinatown of Jakarta or Glodok market has a lot to explore. The temples have a delightful smell from the incense sticks and are generally bustling with Buddhists and locals paying their respects.

The market is generally busy with locals buying stuff for their daily use and travellers strolling around the souvenir shops and traditional Chinese shops. Chinatown of Jakarta also has malls, restaurants, vendors selling everything from vegetables to seafood, chinese pottery and hawker’s cooking some tasty and authentic chinese street food.

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Things to Do

Glodok market is also called the electronic trading area of Jakarta and is one of the best places to buy mobile phones and laptops because of the wide array of shops.

The numerous Chinese food stalls in the area are also remarkable. There are noodle stalls serving good veg and chicken noodles, fried rice, preserved food like pickles, flavoured snow ice, mochi, doughnut, dumplings and barbeque fish, pork and chicken.

There are places selling some effective Chinese medicines and herbs to heal various medical conditions. There are shops to buy clothes and accessories. 

Places to See

There are Chinese temple with amazing spiritual energy in Glodok which are worth a visit. Jin De Yuan is the oldest Chinese temple in Jakarta so it must be visited.

Pancoran is their small shopping centre. There are gold stores and small food stores selling snacks on the first floor. There is a Chinese massage centre on the second floor. Pancoran also has a food court. Harco Glodok is the biggest electronic market here and it lies near Pancoran.

There is a complex called Glodok Jaya for buying mechanical tools and spare parts of electronics and automobiles.

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