Indonesia consists of so many tribes that make it has the richest Indonesian culture. All of them have the most unique culture of Indonesian tribe that you can’t find in another country, include the unique Indonesian Chinese tribe.
Just like another tribe in Indonesia, the Chinese tribe in Indonesia has their unique culture like their unique Chinese Indonesia surname. Most of them even have a specific place that Indonesian call the Pecinan area.
Pecinan area is a Chinatown area that contains so many things about the Chinese tribe in Indonesia. You can find anything there such as clothes, food, home appliances, medicines, and many more.
This time, we will bring you into the most popular Chinatown in Indonesia from Sabang to Merauke. Let’s check them out below!
1. Nagoya Hills
Nagoya hills are located in Batam as the center square of Batam city. The place is so popular with so many tourist visits that perfect to fill your entertainment needs. You can find so many things about the Chinese tribe in Batam from foods, clothes, and many more.
Nagoya hills have become the most favorable places in Batam since a long time ago as the part of the richest cultures of diversity in Indonesia. It has a strategic location which becomes the triangle golden areas in ASEAN among Malaysia and Singapore.
2. Medan Chinatown
Medan Chinatown is located in the Asia Mega Mas area, Medan, North Sumatra. Just like another Chinatown in Indonesia, it has so many tourism spots for foods hunter or shopaholics.
The most popular place to visit in Medan Chinatown is a Tjong A Fie’s house. It has the richest culture of Chinese tribe in Medan that was built around 1990. The house contains the common Chinese house in Indonesia completes with ornaments and Chinese home appliances.
3. Jakarta Chinatown
Jakarta Chinatown spreads in some locations, but the most popular place is in Glodok Chinatown market. You can find anything about the Chinese tribe from foods, clothes, Chinese antiques, and many more.
Around the Glodok Chinatown market, you will find the Petak Sembilan area that contains some viharas such as the Toa Se Bio and Dharma Bhakti vihara. The place also contains Chinese unique medicine and Chinese unique food that you can’t find them anywhere but in Petak Sembilan.
Pancoran tea house also becomes the most popular place that you should visit while reach at Glodok. It has a unique Chinese architecture with a Chinese unique teapot and also a Chinese book store.
4. Chinatown Bandung
Chinatown Bandung spreads in some areas such as in the Pecinan Lama street, Pasar Baru, and around Kebon Jati Street, Bandung. Most of them have their unique things about the Chinese tribe that almost similar to another Chinatown in Indonesia.
Chinatown in Bandung also has some viharas, food market in the Cibadak street for food hunter that has the most unique taste of Chinese tribe in Bandung. Commonly, they provide some non-halal food, but you can still find some halal food around there with some research before buy.
5. Semarang Chinatown
Semarang Chinatown is specifically located in Pasar Semawis that only open between Friday to Sunday. It becomes so popular as part of the history of the Chinese in Indonesia. The market also only open from 6 pm up to 11 pm so that you need to be more aware if you want to visit there.
You can find so many kinds of Chinese foods and other Chinese tribe things in Pasar Semawis. They’re also a Tay Kak Sie vihara with beautiful Chinese architecture and ornaments. People are allowed to take some photos there as long as they keep preserving the area as the richest of Chinese tribe cultures.
6. Magelang Chinatown
Magelang Chinatown is specifically located around Pemuda street, Kemirirejo, Magelang. You can find the biggest vihara in Magelang, modern shops, and traditional market. You can find anything there and enjoy the beauty of Dutches building with the Chinese tribe ornaments.
Around the Magelang Chinatown, you can find the beauty of Tidar hills, Magelang town square, BPK museum, Diponegoro Museum, Bumi Putera 1912 museum, and another historical place.
7. Surabaya Chinatown
Surabaya Chinatown spreads in some areas but the most popular one is located around the Kya Kya area in Kembang Jepun Street, Surabaya. It has a completed residence of Chinese tribe with some viharas, traditional market, street food, and some authentic Chinese tribe buildings as a part of Chinese culture in Indonesia.
Another place you can visit to explore Chinatown in Surabaya is around the Kapasan Dalam area located in Kapasan street. You will see some of the historical buildings that represent about Chinese tribe in Surabaya and the iconic Boen Bio vihara.
You can also visit the Tambak Bayan area that located Contong city square, Bubutan district, Surabaya. You will find the modest lunar new year celebration there in a sacred way.
8. Singkawang Jamthang Chinatown
Singkawang Jamthang Chinatown becomes the biggest Chinatown area in Indonesia since a long time ago. It is located around Sedau street, Singkawang, Pontianak, West Kalimantan. The area is full of Chinese tribe architecture and some unique tourism spots.
As the lunar new year coming, you will find the most beautiful decoration around the Singkawang Jamthang. The place is always crowded with visitors to take some photos and enjoy the Chinese new year celebration in Indonesia there.
Besides, the Mei Hua trees arrangement becomes the most favorite moment while the lunar new year is coming through the Singkawang Jamthang.
So, there are some of the most popular Chinatown in Indonesia from Sabang to Merauke. Have you ever visit one of them?