Welcome to the Tanjung Priok – Jakarta cruise port guide. Tanjung Priok is the sea port that has served Jakarta for the last five centuries. Jakarta is the capital city of Indonesia. It is situated on the largest of all 17.000 islands: Java. Jakarta is rowdy, busy and perhaps the most intense city of Asia. 11 million people make up the 13th most populous city in the world. It is the economic, cultural and political centre to the islands of Indonesia. A city that displays sheer contrasts. It is where the big business districts meet local poverty. Where Big malls stand next to the traditional Pasar markets of Indonesia. A city that never sleeps and where traffic is the challenge of the day. When you are planning your day ashore in Jakarta be sure to plan you are out of the city before 3 pm as traffic can become incredible chaotic after that. Rely on the opinion of your driver and tour guide when it comes to traffic and timing.
The most important building left in Batavia is this one. It it the Taman Fatahillah or city hall from 1710. It was the official seat of the Governor General of the Dutch East India Company. It is a prominent reminder of the Dutch presence in Indonesia. Visit the city hall and surrounding area to get a sense of what this colonised Indonesia was about.
Cruise ships dock at the port of Tanjung Priok when visiting Jakarta. Tanjung Priok is a gigantic port where your ship can dock at several locations. Read all about the dock facilities and transportation options in the full Jakarta cruise port guide.
The nearest mall to you will be the Artha Gading Mall. This is about half an hour drive from port. Find all kind of different shops, entertainment, wi-fi and food courts here.
The puppet museum of Jakarta is a must see in town. Art is incredibly important to the people of Indonesia. The ancient art of Wayang is a form a story telling that originated on Java about a 1000 year ago. The museum will give you a sense of what it takes to create a traditional Javanese Puppit Show. The instruments that you need, the labor involved in creating a puppet and the different characters that they have.
Visit the China Town, also known as Glodok, area of Jakarta and get acquainted with the Chinese culture in Indonesia. A great way of doing this is by visiting the Chinese temples. Each temple is different. They each have with different purposes and different traditions to honour. In Glodok you will also find lots of local markets.
This is a cafe on the main square of the old Dutch part, Batavia. Go in and step back in time in the classy cafe.
Sunda Kelapa is the historic port of Jakarta. This is where you will find the famous fleet of Pinishi Schooners. They are traditional 2 masted wooden sailing ship and still considered the world’s last wind-powered sailing fleet. They can carry many different kind of products. The majority carries cement. Most ships have a fixed connections between Jakarta and Makassar. Visit the harbour to get a glance of the ships and perhaps see if you can step on board to check out life on such a vessel. A small tip would be appreciated in this case.