Indonesia West Java Jakarta The old Batavia town hall now the Jakarta History Museum in Kota Tua. RM
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A good place to start your tour of Jakarta’s beguiling old town, Kota Tua (the former Batavia), is in Taman Fatahillah, where food carts mob the square and Indonesian tourists descend en masse. While preservation of the colonial buildings here hasn’t been the best, there are still some incredible wooden-shuttered buildings to admire in this area of Jakarta that was once the home base of the Dutch East India Company. A nearby wooden drawbridge, Kota Intan, built by the Dutch in the 17th century, is among several fascinating sights.