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Glodok walking tour

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Glodok is Jakarta’s “Chinatown” but you’ll be hard pressed to find the touristic version of Chinatowns seen in other cities around the world. Instead this area of the city offers up fascinating laneways and markets in an energetic enclave jam-packed with great food and hidden temples.





We opted to explore Glodok with an engaging half-day walk with Jakarta Good Guides who offer pay-as-you-wish walking tours and whose excellent guides offer insight beyond just what you can see in this vibrant part of town.

Approaching Jin De Yuan Temple. Photo taken in or around Glodok walking tour, Jakarta, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Approaching Jin De Yuan Temple. Photo: Sally Arnold

The Chinese in Indonesia have been given the short end of the stick since 1740 when a Dutch led (and Javanese supported) massacre of possibly up to 10,000 ethnic Chinese ended with the survivors being forced out of the city walls of Batavia to live and set up business in what is now Glodok. History repeated itself with the anti-communist sentiments in the 1960s when it was again open season on the Chinese. Anything seen as “Chinese” was official banned—on customs declaration forms entering Indonesia as well as being asked if you were carrying drugs or weapons, you were forbidden to import anything with Chinese writing (this law was in place until the year 2000).

In the aftermath of the economic crisis in 1998, the Chinese were again targeted and rioting, rape and looting turned sections of Glodok into a burnt out shell. Many ethnic Chinese left Indonesia never to return, even though their families had been in Indonesia for generations. Unfortunately Chinese Indonesians continue to be the scapegoats in times of discontent and ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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