|Old Batavia. once upon a time..|
July 10th, 1710, that was the the date.
The Governor General of Batavia, Johan van Hoorn, just inaugurated the Stad-huis, - the City Hall, right in center of Batavia.
People were gathering and many cheered the newly- opened building, which was said to replicate Dam Palace in the Netherlands. Government and local officials, socialites .. wrapped elegantly in their best suits and dresses to attend that celebration.
So glamorous... and everyone was in the festive mode!
Except those struggling for independence...and decent life.
Fast forward 400 years later, my kids and I stood at Fatahillah Square.
We were visiting the very same Stad-huis ..or now known as Museum Sejarah Jakarta, - the Museum of Jakarta History.
It's time to get to know the we love closer.
|The Stad-huis was built in 1707 and inaugurated in 1710|
Have you heard of those names of the cities before?
Welcome to Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia.
This city certainly has long and rich history, a melange of typical romantic, sad period of colonialism as well as the fierce struggle for independence. And for me, it is important to know the story of this beloved city. particularly for my kids who have limited knowledge and information about Jakarta as we keep moving around from one country to another. So I believe it's about time to bring the kids to a place where they can learn about the history of Jakarta in a fun way.
And the first thing that come to my mind is Museum of Jakarta History.
|Welcome to Museum Sejarah Jakarta|
Museum of Jakarta History or Museum Sejarah Jakarta is also well-known as Museum Fatahillah, because it is located in Fatahillah square.
Fatahillah was the famous hero of our colonial time, being the commander of Demak Sultanate back in the 16th century and recapturing Sunda Kelapa Port from Portuguese.
|The statue of Hermes, seen from behind|
We visited this place in one lovely Saturday.
The last time we went to this very place was in 2014, before heading to New York City.
At that time, we only visited Fatahillah Square as the museum was under renovation.
As we stepped into the Museum, I can see the major change inside, making me proud of looking at the serious works done by the Provincial Government of Jakarta with other relevant stakeholders.
We also asked for a guide in English to help my kids learn more about what we have in this Museum.
|what's left from the prison|
The first part we visited was the prison.
Yup, the prison used to held inlander, us Indonesian the local people, who fought against the Dutch government at that time. As it was located in the City Hall, the prison is not to big.
Then we headed to see some original rooms from this building, where we saw some artefacts and objects from the colonial era, including paintings, furnitures, historical letters and documents and more.
|Can you guess who he was?|
Such long and rich history about trade, power, lust and struggle for independence. It feels like reading the whole novel about your city's affairs with every colonial power coming to visit and decide to stay for a while.
|one of VOC's ships|
We also learnt about the origin of Jakarta.
How it transformed from Sunda Kelapa, Jacarta, Jayakarta, to Jakarta now.
Jayakarta itself means 'the perfect victory' and it depicted the glory of Fatahillah in winning back Sunda Kelapa from Portuguese at that time.
We also enjoyed some original furnitures and settings of the Staad-huis, with antique Indonesian-style furnitures with European-style ones made of native woods from Indonesia. All those beautiful antiques are still in the very good state.
|The original part of the Building|
|Obi standing in front of an ornate room divider made of track wood|
|Chair made of Jati - teak wood - and rattan|
There are also parts when we learnt about the first encounter of civilisation in Jakarta and the surroundings, including some remnants from Tarumanegara Kingdom and some ancient inscription, like Prasasti Tugu.
|replica of Tugu Inscription|
Then after our long walk and visit in this museum, we had lunch outside within the museum complex and ate some traditional Jakarta food like kerak telor.
The kids loved it indeed.
|kerak telor time!|
|Kerak tenor..bon appetit!|
So, really a lot to see and enjoy when you come down here.
When you are visiting Jakarta, make sure you don't miss this museum.
The ticket is very affordable, around Rp 5.000,- per person (less than USD3) for Indonesian and perhaps slightly more for foreigners. (sorry I forgot to ask).
|the four of us|
The Museum of Jakarta History is located at Jl. Taman Fatahaillah no. 1, Jakarta Barat, Jakarta, 11110.
To know exactly where the museum is, check out this map from Google.
That's our story from our visit to Museum Sejarah Jakarta.
Will certainly share more from other fascinating places here from Jakarta.
Have you been to this museum as well?
Do you like it? What's your favorite part?