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Glodok (Jakarta Chinatown)
Glodok (Jakarta Chinatown)

Glodok (Jakarta Chinatown)

Free admission
Jalan Kemenangan, Jakarta, Indonesia, 11120

The Basics

Glodok highlights include the historical Jin De Yuan temple (built in 1755), the Da Shi Miao temple (built in 1751), and the chaotic Petak Sembilan street market. While it is perfectly easy to explore independently, many opt for the cultural and historical insights—and expert food recommendations—that come with a guided Jakarta Chinatown tour. Glodok is also a common stop on Jakarta night tours and city overviews.

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Private Jakarta City Full day Tour
Private Jakarta City Full day Tour
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$65.00 per adult
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The best way to discover Jakarta in a short time!
I happened to be working in Indonesia during covid, so I decided to stay and visit. Jose was a great tour guy. From the Beginning they communicated very well, they made sure I understood That some of the places were closed, but he adapted and improvised as we went thought. It was a great experience for sure. If you want to explore Jakarta in a short period of time and still get the history and story telling this is a great opportunity for you to do so. Highly recommended.
Alexa_G, Sep 2020

Things to Know Before You Go

  • A visit to Chinatown is a must for foodies and history buffs—the latter often pair it with a trip to Kota, the old city.

  • Tensions between ethnic Indonesians and the Chinese community still exist. Anti-Chinese racism last had a major impact on Jakarta Chinatown in 1998, when rioters swept through Glodok.

  • Even in Chinatown, do not expect all Chinese Indonesians to speak Mandarin. Some speak Hokkien and other dialects; others speak only Indonesian.

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How to Get There

Until the long-awaited MRT opens, getting around Jakarta by public transit is difficult, and driving is even more so in one of the world’s most gridlocked cities. If you’d like to experience the bus, Glodok is on the Kota-Blok M Transjakarta route. Alternatively, book a tour for cultural insights into the rich world of Jakarta Chinatown—along with transportation.

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When to Get There

As with Chinatowns the world over, Glodok is at its most colorful during the big Chinese festivals—especially the Lunar New Year celebrations, when lanterns deck the streets alongside colorful symbols of the animal that represents the incoming year. You might well see the occasional lion dancer. Even outside festival times, Glodok is lively throughout the day and into the evening: time visits to avoid the worst of Jakarta’s gridlock (rush hours are typically 8am–10am and 4:30pm–8pm).

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Chinese Indonesian Food

Chinese communities have lived in the Indonesian archipelago for many centuries and shaped the nation’s cuisine. One of the joys of any trip to Glodok is trying classics of Chinese Indonesian fare, such asmie pangsit (pork dumplings, noodles, and more),ayam saos mentega (butter chicken), orsop asparagus kepiting (crab and asparagus soup).

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