Indonesia is a developing country that developed every city in a good way from time to time. The government taking it seriously so that the country has not left by both technology and modernization among others.
On the contrary, some Indonesian cities call the old town because some of the oldest buildings in Indonesia build there. The government keeps the old town in their original form as they were for some reasons. Whether for remembering the history or another reason as well, these old towns still exist over the modernization come.
Speaking of the old town, here we have some of them that spread in most of the Indonesian regions as real historical proof. Now check them out below!
1. Jakarta Old Town
Jakarta’s old town becomes so popular in Indonesia from time to time as one of the most popular facts of Jakarta’s old town. It is located around Taman Fatahillah Street, West Jakarta. It also spreads in some of North Jakarta but nowadays some of the building was decreased because it was destroyed for some reasons.
Jakarta’s old town contains some of the old Batavia buildings as the main city and the center of government before the name was changed into Jakarta a very long time ago. There are some museums that you can visit there such as the Fatahillah, Wayang, Bank Indonesia Museum, and many more.
You can also find the Jakarta Kota station, the Pecinan Glodok as the old china town in Indonesia, and some old markets. The place always crowded moreover at the weekend or holiday seasons, so you need to be careful when visiting there at this time.
2. Bandung Old Town
Bandung old town is one of the most popular old towns in Indonesia which is located around Asia Afrika street and Braga street. The place becomes one of the most magnetic tourism visits since a very long time ago.
There is an iconic Merdeka building which becomes the most historical building in Indonesia to memorize the Asia Africa’s conference in 1955. Both inside or outside the building has the most Instragamable spot to take a shot so that it becomes so popular for tourism.
3. Semarang Old Town
Semarang old town becomes one of the most popular old towns in Indonesia which located around Gelatik street, Semarang, Central Java. The place is well-known as the center of Dutch colonialism as the part of the darkest history for Indonesia before getting independent.
Semarang old town contains some Dutch building that used to functions as the office building. Around there you can also find the oldest church in town, a 3D museum, one of the flower gardens in Indonesia, and some traditional markets.
4. Yogyakarta Old Town
Yogyakarta’s old town becomes one of the most popular old towns in Indonesia that worth visiting. It is located in around Malioboro area which becomes the center of the tourism visit in town.
Yogyakarta old town contains with so many historical building that nowadays has a different function as an office building, bank, post office, and museum. You can explore around the Vredeburg bridge or hunting some photoshoot around the BNI 46 building, post office building, Bank Indonesia building, and many more.
5. Kediri Old Town
Kediri’s old town becomes one of the most popular old towns in Indonesia that is located around Doho street, Kediri, East Java. Not only popular as the old town but the place also well-known as one of the biggest Chinese town in Indonesia.
The complexity of the old building in Kediri’s old town makes it more authentic with some Chinese buildings. Nowadays some of them have been renovated but there are still some old building that the government insist to make them that way.
6. Palembang Old Town
Palembang old town becomes one of the most popular old towns in Indonesia which is located around Sekanak street. It is started from the Sekanak traditional market and spread wide up to the Al Mahmudiyah mosque.
Palembang old town also well-known as the oldest city in Indonesia as the center of trading under the Dutch colonialism era around the 20th century. That makes sense if some buildings there has a common sense of Dutch building.
7. Singkawang Old Town
Singkawang old town becomes one of the most popular old towns in Indonesia which is located around Singkawang, West Borneo. Not only popular as the old town but the place also well-known as one of the oldest China town in Indonesia.
Singkawang old town has so many historical buildings that come in vary from the Chinese building up to Dutch building. The place is enlarged from the biggest temple there up to the Singkawang traditional market.
8. Medan Old town
Medan old town becomes one of the most popular old towns in Indonesia that is located around Ahmad Yani street, Medan Merdeka street, and Sisingamangaraja street. Those places are famously convinced to the next Indonesian generation as proof the Dutch colonialism has existed before.
Medan old town contains so many historical buildings that worth visiting as places to go in Indonesia other than Bali. The place becomes the most popular place for the youth generation to take some selfies or Insta posts.
You can take some photoshoots of the London Sumatra building or used to popular with Juliana building, the Balai Kota Lama building, post office building, Tjong A Fie house, and many more.
So, there are some of the most famous old towns in Indonesia. Most of them bring us to the real historical moment to remember the darkest time of the Indonesian struggle to defeat Dutch colonialism. Have you ever going to one of those places?