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Jakarta: 3-Hour Chinatown Guided Walking Tour

Product ID: 57148
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Experience the cultural melting pot-Jakarta’s Chinatown. Known as Glodok, this is the biggest Chinatown in Indonesia, rich with history and steeped in tradition. With 19th century houses, ancient temples, a bustling traditional market, and famous food.
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Duration: 3 hours
Starting time 9:00 AM
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  • Explore the largest Chinatown in Indonesia with a local expert
  • Visit Jakarta’s oldest Chinese houses sandwiched between modern office blocks
  • Peruse a traditional market and check out some ancient temples to learn how locals pray
  • Stroll through a local neighborhood to see how traditional Chinese arts, like calligraphy and fortune-telling, are still being practiced
  • Sample a few local delicacies at the famous food court and old coffeehouse
Full description
This 3-hour Jakarta walking tour begins by visiting one of Jakarta’s oldest Chinese houses, built in the 19th century but located in the middle of modern office blocks.

After that, you’ll walk to the center of Jakarta’s Chinatown known as Glodok. Stroll through the traditional market where you’ll find everything from Chinese decorations, to fresh vegetables and local fruits, exotic foods, and daily supplies for locals. Not far from the traditional market, you will visit some ancient temples to learn how the Chinese pray. Strolling through the residential areas, you’ll see how Chinese blend with the Malays and people from different ethnic groups. These cultures have assimilated beyond temples to create a charge in a Chinese house.

Lastly, walk through the famous food court, full of delicious local foods from pig belly to hainam rice. You stop at a few of the favorite places, including an old coffee shop on a narrow street, for a taste of local delicacies. During your walk, you experience local Chinese culture like the making of traditional Chinese calligraphy, getting your future predicted (an Indonesian passion), and checking out an ancient medicine store.

With your inner history buff satisfied and your senses awakened by the tastes and smells of Chinatown, you’ll be ready to take on the rest of Jakarta. Be sure to ask your local recommendations for what else to see, eat, and do!  
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Snacks and coffee
  • Donation to temple
What’s Not Included
  • Personal needs
  • Transportation to/from meeting point

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Meeting point

In front of the Starbucks Novotel Hotel, Jl. Gajah Mada 188 Jakarta Barat 11120.

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• Dress standard: Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes/sandals for walking. • Do not wear tank tops (or other sleeveless shirts) or revealing shorts.
• Child Policy: Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.

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Product ID: 57148