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Sunda Kelapa Harbour

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Attractions Details

📌 Address

Jl. Taruna Raya No.43B, RT.13/RW.4, Serdang, Kec. Kemayoran, Kota Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10650, Indonesia

Opening Hours

8:00 AM - 11:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

Free

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"Visit Sunda Kelapa Harbour early in the morning to capture the bustling activity of the traditional pinisi boats loading and unloading – it's a photographer's dream. Also, chat with the local fishermen and they may offer you a personalized tour around the harbour, a unique experience often overlooked by regular tourists."

What is Sunda Kelapa Harbour?

The Sunda Kelapa Harbour is a vital historical port situated on the northwest edge of Jakarta, Indonesia. Known to many as the gateway to the illustrious Spice Islands, it’s a place where the past collides with the present, an area steeped in heritage yet still bustling with contemporary trade and activity. This port dates back to the Kingdom of Sunda era and has been the primary trading port of the region for centuries. Nowadays, trade still flourishes here, but it also serves as a vivid tableau, showcasing the archipelago's rich maritime traditions with its array of traditional wooden schooners, known as pinisi.

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History of Sunda Kelapa Harbour

The history of Sunda Kelapa Harbour is as long as it is fascinating. It began as a small fishing village, eventually finding its place on international trading maps in the 12th century due to its strategic location and resources. When the Portuguese arrived in the 16th century, they renamed it Porto de Sunda Kelapa. This was short-lived, however, as the Sultanate of Banten seized control and handed it over to the Dutch East India Company (VOC), which rebranded it Batavia. This marked the start of a new era for the harbour, becoming the fulcrum of Dutch colonial trade in the East Indies.

Decades and centuries saw the harbour evolve, survive wars, and endure trade monopolies. The name Sunda Kelapa was reinstated after Indonesia's independence, reviving the port's historical significance and identity. Even today, among the tides of change, you can still feel the pulse of all the different eras just by walking along the harbor's docks, something I often relish as a tangible link to a bygone world.

Why is Sunda Kelapa Harbour Important?

Sunda Kelapa Harbour is not merely an ordinary port; it's a living museum and a testament to Indonesia's maritime history. It’s important for several reasons—historically, it was the birthplace of what would eventually become Jakarta, the thriving capital city of Indonesia. Economically, it has been an essential hub for trade for over a thousand years, connecting Indonesia with the rest of Asia and even the world through the spice trade.

Culturally, Sunda Kelapa is a symbol of resilience and continuity in Indonesian history, representing a melting pot of influences—from native kingdoms, colonial powers, to the enterprising Bugis sailors who still ply their trade with their pinisi ships. It is this continuous thread of maritime tradition that lends Sunda Kelapa its timeless allure, bringing droves of photographers, historians, and travelers seeking to glean a piece of the archipelago's storied past.

Things to Do & See at Sunda Kelapa Harbour

Stepping into Sunda Kelapa Harbour, you’re greeted with a panoramic view of the colorful pinisi. If you wander along the quay early in the morning, you'll see these traditional boats loading and unloading their goods—a lively and often chaotic ballet that's been practiced almost the same way for centuries. To truly appreciate the scale and scope of the port's activities, consider climbing up the 17th-century watchtower, where you’ll gain a bird's-eye view of the entire scene. It's an evocative sight, and the contrast between the historic boats and the modern Jakarta skyline is striking.

Visitors can also learn about the harbour’s significance at the Maritime Museum, which is housed in the former Dutch East India Company warehouses. Here, you'll uncover tales of the sea, the history of the port, and the evolution of maritime trade in Indonesia. Don't miss out on a chance to explore a little deeper, now and then I guide groups through the local kampungs (villages) around the port, where life buzzes with a vibrancy that mirrors the waters it sits beside. And for those with an adventurous spirit, hiring a boat to venture into the harbor might just reveal the depths of this place's soul.

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Frequently asked questions

What is Sunda Kelapa Harbour?

Sunda Kelapa Harbour is a historic port in Jakarta, Indonesia, which played a significant role in the trade during the Kingdom of Sunda and the Dutch colonial period.

How can I get to Sunda Kelapa Harbour?

You can get to Sunda Kelapa Harbour by taking a bus, taxi, or driving to the northern area of Jakarta, near the old town of Kota Tua.

What are the main attractions at Sunda Kelapa Harbour?

The main attractions at Sunda Kelapa Harbour include the array of traditional wooden schooners called 'Pinisi', the Maritime Museum, and the opportunity to observe the local fishermen and their daily activities.

Is there an entrance fee for Sunda Kelapa Harbour?

There might be a small fee to enter certain areas within the harbour or for guided tours, but generally, there is no entrance fee to walk around the harbour itself.

Are there guided tours available at Sunda Kelapa Harbour?

Yes, visitors can often find guided tours which provide historical context and insights into the operational aspects of the harbour and the traditional Pinisi sailing vessels.

Attractions Details

📌 Address

Jl. Taruna Raya No.43B, RT.13/RW.4, Serdang, Kec. Kemayoran, Kota Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10650, Indonesia

Opening Hours

8:00 AM - 11:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

Free

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