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Sunda Kelapa

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Sunda Kelapa is the old port of Jakarta which served Java for centuries during colonial times until it was replaced by the industrial Tanjung Priok several kilometres further along the coast in the late 1800s.


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Sunda Kelapa is the original name given to the port by the Sunda kingdom, which primarily used this port for the shipping of spices to major trading partners across the region. Over the course of its history, the port has been conquered and reconquered numerous times by those wishing to control the lucrative spice trade.

Today visitors can see none of the former glory of the colonial era. At the port itself visitors arrive to simply take photos of the old wooden pisini boats sitting idle in the water. Most people will leave as quickly as they came after taking a couple of photos as there really is nothing much else to see.

Sunda Kalapa is located just a short walk to the east from Museum Bahari. Walk east down the main road from Museum Bahari across the filthy river and turn left into Sunda Kalapa.


Sunda Kelapa
North Jakarta

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