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Jakarta's Old Seaport Sunda Kelapa is still one of the important transport and trade hubs of the country. It is here that countless transactions take place every day and cargoes are sent to thousands of islands in Indonesia, fishing schooners constantly arrive and go for the catch. In general, the port is a whole district, or even a separate city within a city, with its own markets, shops, and even housing. Yes, the poorest port workers, longshoremen, live right here in shacks made of plywood and slate among piles of garbage and abandoned boats.
This place is not for every tourist, but if you like unusual places that are not trampled by tourists, then it will be interesting here. You can see and take pictures of the old two-masted schooners (only such are allowed to enter this port), for a nominal fee you can board one of them (the fishermen themselves will invite you), and even go boating in the waters of the port. And you can also meet the sunset here. It is quite safe to stay and walk here, the main thing is not to interfere with anyone's work, the movement here is active. You can visit the port on your own and with a guide who "catches" tourists at the entrance to the port or near the maritime museum. The cost of its services starts from $ 10 per person for a short excursion, but you can bargain. This guide is a kind of celebrity, and they even made a documentary about him. If you are not interested in the tour, just tell him about it, he will not impose.
By the way, it is best to combine a visit to the port with the maritime museum.
🕐 Working hours: around the clock, it is better to visit in the afternoon or evening before sunset.
💵 Entrance fee / tickets price: free of charge, guide services from $ 10.
🚶 How to get there: the seaport and district of Sunda Kelapa is located in the very north of the capital and the outskirts of the historic district Kota (old seaport on the map). You can get there by Transjakarta Busway buses to the Pakin stop along corridor 12 and then 10 minutes on foot, or by city trains to the final station of Jakarta and then two kilometers on foot. But you will have to go through dirty, busy streets with almost no sidewalks and bypassing along fences.