Sunda Kelapa, Jakarta

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    Majestic Makassar Schooners

    by Rodan44 Written Jun 1, 2004

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    Unloading cargo from a schooner

    Sunda Kelepa acts as port of call for the world's only remaining fleet of trading schooners. Almost as impressive as these beautiful old ships is the way in which men unload heavy cargo from their hulls across precarious wooden gangplanks to the shore. There are several men in rowboats who will take you around the harbor for a better look for only a couple bucks.

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    A little piece of Holland...

    by belgianchocolate Written Feb 7, 2004

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    The old Holland Bridge

    De oude Hollandse ophaalbrug
    It is really weird to see this bridge in Jakarta. I know this bridges from our neighbouring country the Netherlands. In Jakarta you can still see one over the canal Kali Besar

    This canal is also a remain of the Dutch colonisation. They where thinking to do something good. Jakarta , or better the old Batavia was located in a wet area. So just like they did in Holland they digged channels. But because there is no tide refreshing these waters it has become a smelly open drain.

    The bridge is good preserved (that is odd in Jakarta) and is a protected monument now. No traffic goes over it anymore.

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    Wood , sea , boats...

    by belgianchocolate Written Feb 7, 2004

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    Sunda Kelapa

    This is a special place in Jakarta.
    Time stopped here. Between all those high glass offices , traffic jam , noise you will find the harbor , SUNDA KELAPA , almost a quit spot.

    Large wooden ships enter here to release their cargo. These ships look much older then they are... Decades ago they used to bring spices from the other islands to ship to Europe , mainly the Netherlands.
    Nowadays these ships contain wood. Tropical wood to make expensive furniture, teak , meranti

    Watch the men walking the small unstable gangway with a lot of wood on their sholders.
    Ofcourse it is a harbor..sailors have been on their way for -4 , four days- from Kalimantan of Sumatra. Sitting on the back of a bike you will see a prostitute passing by.
    (Ofcourse she was not from Java , they are always from another island , and she was extremaly young)

    The longshoremen used to receive a pice of string arround their arm everytime they walkded up and down and where paid for their prestations equal to the amount of strings. That time is over..these days they make about 3-11euro , depending for who they work and the sort of cargo.

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    Old Port Sunda Kelapa

    by Mangunsong Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Sunda Kelapa, better known as Pasar Ikan (meaning fish market) is located at the mouth of the Ciliwung river. It was formerly the harbor town of Sunda Kelapa where the Portuguese traded with the Hindu Kingdom of Pajajaran in the early 16th century.

    Just a 10-minute walk north from Taman Fatahillah in Old Batavia, the old port of Sunda Kelapa has more sailing ships - the magnificent Makassar schooners - than you ever thought existed. These brightly painted ships are an important means of transport and freight delivery between the capital and the outer islands. They also provide one of the most spectacular sights in Jakarta. For a fee, old men in row boats will take you out for a closer look at the ships. Don't hit your head on the mooring ropes or gangplanks, and don't be too surprised if you get hit from above by rubbish thrown from the decks. If you get out as far as the Palau Seribu (Thousand Islands) in the Bay of Jakarta, you'll probably see some of these majestic schooners under sail.

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    Sunda Kelapa, the old fish...

    by Kozzmozz Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Sunda Kelapa, the old fish market.
    Sunda Kelapa, better known as Pasar Ikan (meaning fish market) is located at the mouth of the Ciliwung river. It was formerly the harbor town of Sunda Kelapa where the Portuguese traded with the Hindu Kingdom of Pajajaran in the early 16th century.

    The fish catch of the day was auctioned in the early morning at the old fish market. The street leading to it was lined with shops selling all sorts of shells, dehydrated turtles, lobsters and mostly everything the seafarer might need.

    Dutch domination of Jakarta and the rest of Indonesia began from this area, whereas the remnants of Kasteel Batavia, an old fort and trading post of the Dutch East Indies Company can still be seen now. Sunda Kelapa is at present a fisherman's wharf and an interisland port. Tall masted Bugis schooners from South Sulawesi anchoring there offer a picturesque scene. They belong to one of the last-fleets of sail boats in the world and still ply the seas between the islands, as they did centuries ago, carrying merchandise.

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    The Docks.

    by carstenj Written Aug 24, 2002

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    And if you ask them nicely you may (or may not) get to take a tour of the ship. Of course you need to walk the plank like everyone else.
    These fellows were quite friendly, and probably found it hillarious that someone would want to hang out on their ship?
    I am on the left, if you were wondering who that white bloke is!

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    Inside the Phinisi Ship

    by black_mimi99 Written Apr 15, 2010
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    This ship is special made for restaurant in Caribbean island, so they decorated like a luxury restaurant....
    When I visit inside the ship, they still not finishing decorated yet....

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    Menara Syahbandar

    by ukirsari Written Jun 18, 2003

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    Menara Syahbandar is designated as Light House in the past. Guiding the ships accross Jakarta Bay also keep an eye the harbour from the enemies.

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    Museum Bahari

    by ukirsari Updated Jun 18, 2003

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    Maritime museum to commemorate we have the sailormen's root :) We can learn about several traditional sailormen and fishermen boats and ship here.

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    Sunda Kelapa Harbour

    by ukirsari Updated Jun 18, 2003

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    The traditional harbour at the north of Jakarta. You can find so many phinisi (traditional ship from Celebes) and many kind of boats in Indonesia for domestic purpose.

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    The Docks.

    by carstenj Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Yes, the loading and unloading is done with manual labour. It is hard work....and here we are taking snapshots!

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    The old docks.

    by carstenj Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Ships from all over the archipelago arrives here. They unload heaps of timber (and other produce) from the islands and then load cement, corn and other useful products to take back home.

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