North Jakarta Walking Tour (Self Guided), Jakarta

The beautiful city of Jakarta traces its history all the way back to the fourth century. The city's heritage is well manifested in its customs, food, culture and language. North Jakarta, in particular, has many interesting attractions for a visitor to see, including museums, temples and mosques. Take our North Jakarta Walking Tour to see the best sights in the area.
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Guide Name: North Jakarta Walking Tour
Guide Location: Indonesia » Jakarta (See other walking tours in Jakarta)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 Km or 2.9 Miles
Author: jenny
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Museum Bahari (Maritime Museum)
  • Jembatan Pasar Ayam
  • Fine Arts Museum (Balai Seni Rupa )
  • Museum Wayang (Puppet Museum)
  • Jakarta History Museum (Museum Fatahillah)
  • Bank Indonesia Museum
  • Vihara Dharma Bhakti
  • Masjid Tambora
  • Jalan Pekojan Old Houses
  • Mesjid Langgar Tinggi
Museum Bahari (Maritime Museum)

1) Museum Bahari (Maritime Museum) (must see)

Hosted by the former Dutch East India Company warehouses, the Museum Bahari (Maritime Museum in Indonesian) offers tourists an excursion in the maritime history of the Indonesian archipelago.

The buildings accommodating the maritime collections have a long and interesting history themselves. There are two groups of warehouses, one on the west bank of the Ciliwung River (or the Westzijdsche Pakhuizen) and one group on the east bank (or the Oostzijdsche Pakhuizen). Three out of the four warehouses located on the west bank are now used for the Museum Bahari. The oldest warehouses were built during the 16th century in the Dutch architectural style and were used by the Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie (VOC) as storage space for spices, clothes, tea and coffee. More storage spaces were built in the 17th century, while some of the oldest ones were modified and improved so as to offer more space for the increasing volume of merchandise transiting the Jakarta harbor.

Museum Bahari features an impressive collection of boat replicas gathered from all over the Indonesian archipelago. A rare collection of pinisi and kora-kora (war vessels) replicas as well as original boats can be admired inside the museum. Other collections include the Indonesian naval history depicted in unique pictures taken on sea and in local harbors, a collection dedicated to the local maritime flora and fauna and a special collection gathering all the tools and specific Indonesian items used in maritime transport.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 9 am - 3 pm
Jembatan Pasar Ayam

2) Jembatan Pasar Ayam

Jembatan Pasar Ayam or Chicken Market Bridge (also known as Kota Intan Bridge) is a wooden bridge built in the 17th century by the Dutch authorities. Named after a nearby chicken market placed in its immediate vicinity, the bridge linked the Dutch fort to the British one located on the other side of the Grand Canal.

Because the Grand Canal was transited by numerous vessels, the bridge was equipped with a leverage system that pulled the middle parts of the bridge, allowing ships to follow their normal track. While it successfully served its purpose for a long period of time, now the bridge is no longer functional. After serious restoration procedures undergone in the 1970s, the bridge was put in function for pedestrians. Even though it is no longer mobile, the bridge is a landmark of the region, attracting tourists willing to have their share of local history.

Legends say that, while visiting Batavia, Vincent Van Gogh was impressed by the Jembatan Pasar Ayam and celebrated it in one of his paintings.
Fine Arts Museum (Balai Seni Rupa )

3) Fine Arts Museum (Balai Seni Rupa ) (must see)

Located in the Old City (Kota Tua), in the immediate vicinity of numerous touristic attractions, such as the Maritime Museum, Jembatan Pasar Ayam (Chicken Market Bridge), Red Shop and Sunda Kelapa Harbor, the Fine Arts Museum is a must-see for any tourist. The museum is hosted by an old establishment, known to the locals as Fine Art Hall. The place was built in the 19th century and since 1870 functioned as Raad Van Justitie or Holland Court. Along time its functions have varied, ranging from West Jakarta Mayor Office to military barrack. In 1976 the building was arranged to accommodate the art exhibitions and has been functioning as a museum until present times.

The museum is divided into two sections: the fine art section, and the ceramic section.

The artwork section is made up of over 400 fine art objects. Most of them are paintings signed by well-known local artists such as Raden Saleh, Dullah, S. Sudjojono and Affandi. Sculptures from Bali, wooden totems and magical objects are also present in large number in the Balai Seni Rupa.

The ceramic section includes local objects, as well as objects gathered from neighboring areas. The oldest exhibits, dated the 16th century, are from China, a country with which Indonesia has had great economic relations. The collection gathers ceramic pieces from Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Germany, Holland and Middle East.

Visitors can purchase souvenirs and can join a ceramic workshop, where they can make their own ceramic objects.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 8 am - 3 pm
Museum Wayang (Puppet Museum)

4) Museum Wayang (Puppet Museum) (must see)

Wayang is an artistic performance involving the use of specially crafted puppets. The wayand theatrical pieces (also known as shadow theatre) have an entertaining as well as a moralizing purpose, promoting the traditional customs and values. The Museum Wayang was officially opened on August 13th, 1975 in order to preserve this tradition and offer optimal conditions of preservation for these centuries old wayang dolls.

Nowadays the museum hosts about 5147 exhibits. Most of them are wayang puppets manufactured in Indonesia, but international items are also present in the permanent exhibition. Puppets from China, India, Pakistan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Suriname, France, Kelantan, England and the United States have their place along the wayang puppets from Java, Bali, Sumatra, Sunda and Lombok.

The Museum Wayang also displays tools and pieces of equipment needed for puppet crafting. Demonstrations are made from time to time, introducing tourists into the magic world of puppetry. The intricate details of the buffalo leather puppets and the vibrant colors of the wooden dolls will be revealed to those willing to take an excursion in the puppetry universe.

Shadow puppet shows are held almost every Sunday in the same location.

Unrelated to the themed museum, the building also displays a memorial stone marking Jan Pieterszoon Coen’s tomb. The inscription is dated 1634.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 9 am - 3 pm
Jakarta History Museum (Museum Fatahillah)

5) Jakarta History Museum (Museum Fatahillah) (must see)

Placed in the old part of Jakarta (also known as Kota), the History Museum is one of the most comprehensive museums in Indonesia. Boasting no less than 23,500 exhibits, the museum’s collections cover an extensive timeframe, starting with the prehistoric era and ending with the contemporary period.

The oldest exhibit from the museum is a replica of the Tugu Inscription dating back from the 5th century. Maps, drawings and a monument symbolizing the friendship between the Sunda and the Portuguese people dating from the 16th century give details about the way in which the city was founded.

A rich collection of furniture containing pieces from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries displays the evolution of the Indonesian society. The blend of European, Chinese and native influences create an exotic and highly interesting style that defines the local culture and civilization. The furniture collection has been evaluated as the most complete colonial collection from the entire world.

Art pieces, glass items, pottery, stone and wood carvings, swords, metallic objects, leather and cloth items are also present in special collections. They are all organized chronologically, depicting Indonesian history through their antique look.

If you reach the museum, make sure you also visit the basement cells and the Fatahillah Square (named after Jakarta’s founder, Prince Fatahillah) for a complete overview of the area.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 9 am - 5 pm
Bank Indonesia Museum

6) Bank Indonesia Museum (must see)

Bank Museum is one of the Kota’s (old part of Jakarta) gems. Preserving its severe, antique look on the outside, the Museum’s establishment uncovers a modern location on the inside, boasting up to date presentation equipment, high quality finishing and complete banking collections. The actual location of the Bank Indonesia Museum served first as a hospital, afterwards as an establishment for the Nederlandsche Handel-Maatschappij and later on for the Indonesian Bank. This last institution moved in a new location, leaving the building vacant.

In 2006, after a series of renovations and improvements, the local authorities inaugurated Bank Museum, a museum presenting Indonesia’s financial evolution. The first contacts with the Europeans, the spice commerce, the effects of Dutch colonization on the financial life and the machines used in the banking process are all gathered in this museum. Visitors can see old typewriters, phones and telegraphs, ATMs, money counting machines and computers, can admire gold bullions displayed in one of the museum’s rooms and can enter the bank’s “secret” safe. The changes suffered along the way by the local currency are highlighted in short movies, while the banking jargon is explained on the walls of another room.

A visit to Bank Indonesia Museum will uncover some banking secrets and introduce you to the intricate world of finances, so it is definitely one of the must-see places in Jakarta.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Friday: 8 am - 3:30 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 8 am - 4 pm
Vihara Dharma Bhakti

7) Vihara Dharma Bhakti

Religious center dedicated to Kwan Im (Goddess of Mercy), Vihara Dharma Bhakti is considered to be the oldest Buddhist temple in Jakarta. Similar in design to Petak Sembilan, another highly praised Chinese temple, the Dharma Bhakti was built in 1650. In the mid-18th century the temple was completely raked because of a large fire, but it was rebuilt 5 years later, in 1755.

Today, Vihara Dharma Bhakti is home to 18 Buddhist monks and represents a hot spot on Jakarta’s spiritual map. Buddhists, Confucians and Taoists share the temple and bring their offerings on a daily basis, finding their way through golden and red deity sculptures and effigies.

The temple is decorated in vibrant colors, with red and yellow being predominant. A strong smell of incense can be felt while inside. During Buddhist holidays, the smoke and intense smell may prevent tourists from spending too much time in the interior.

The temple is open daily, from 05:00 to 17:00. The entrance is free of charge.
Masjid Tambora

8) Masjid Tambora

The Masjid Tambora mosque was built in 1767 by Haj Mustoyib Ki Daeng, and retains its original style today despite restoration works conducted in 1980. At first, you’ll notice outside the tombs of the mosque’s architect and his wife. Inside you can see the Chinese style ornaments and pillars decorated with Islamic scenes. Visitors should note that shoes must be left at the entrance, and that women must wear head scarves.
Jalan Pekojan Old Houses

9) Jalan Pekojan Old Houses

The Jalan Pekojan Old Houses owe their unique Chinese-style appearance to the fact that they were built by Chinese contractors. Used for various different things at that time, today some of these pretty houses have been transformed into small museums and temples.
Mesjid Langgar Tinggi

10) Mesjid Langgar Tinggi

Mesjid Langgar Tinggi is a mosque built in 1829 which bears the hallmarks of Moorish colonial architecture. Its distinctive pillars and curved windows make it one of North Jakarta’s most recognizable landmarks. Visitors should note that the mosque remains a functioning place of worship, and that women should wear headscarves and all shoes should be left at the door.

Walking Tours in Jakarta, Indonesia

Create Your Own Walk in Jakarta

Create Your Own Walk in Jakarta

Creating your own self-guided walk in Jakarta is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Central Jakarta Walk

Central Jakarta Walk

Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, is a massive metropolis and a melting pot of cultures historically inhabiting the city – Asian and European – each leaving their imprint on the local architecture, language, cuisine, etc. Follow this orientation walk to explore some of the key sights of Central Jakarta to learn about the city's eventful past and present.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.4 Km or 4 Miles
West Jakarta Walking Tour

West Jakarta Walking Tour

The western region of Jakarta city has much for the visitor to admire. You can see some fascinating museums, great shops and renowned architectural sites and monuments. Take our West Jakarta Walking Tour to discover the beauty of this part of the city.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 Km or 3.4 Miles
Jakarta's Top Religious Sites

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles
Jakarta's Historical Buildings II

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 Km or 1.6 Miles
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Jakarta's Historical Buildings I

Jakarta is an old city that has seen a lot of change over the course of its 1,700-year history. Today you can see a lot of fascinating buildings and other sites that show the imprint history had on the city, particularly by British and Dutch colonization. Historic places of worship also pay testament to the popularity of Buddhism and Confucianism over the course of time. Take our two-part tour to...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles

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