Fotografi, Street Photography

Chinese New Year In Jakarta: Learning History

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This year I join a group of cultural and heritage lovers to go around Jakarta’s Chinatown. We were accompanied by a very nice lady, Ernawati Santoso, which is a City Council member and a prominent figure in the chinese community in Jakarta. Also accompanying us was a historian, J.J. Rizal, which fills us with the role of the chinese community in Jakarta history.

We visited this following places:

1. Santa Maria Fatima Catholic Church, where the catholic chinese community held a Chinese New Year Mass. So the tradition of celebrating CNY is really celebrated across the community. The Archbishop of Jakarta is serving the Mass.

2. Toa Se Bio, a temple which was first build around the year of 1550, before the VOC – Dutch Trade Company ruled. The name indicates that it is build for a Chinese Ambassador. But the initial temple burnt down during the 1740 chinese massacre. Only one incense burning place was found intact and remains to be the original part of the temple.

3. Dharma Bakti Temple, not far from Toa Se Bio but built around 1650. This actually is a complex of several temples. And now is where most people go.

4. Chandra Naya Building, a heritage building build by the Family of Mayor Khouw. Only one that survived from 3 buildings build. Now it is actually framed by a hotel and apartment.

5. Luar Batang Mosque, a place where Habib Husein Abubakar Al-Aydrus was buried. He is one of the first scholar that brings Moslem teaching in Indonesia around the year 1746-1756. The place is outside of Old Batavia, that is where the name Luar Batang originates.

6. Tomb of Kapiten Souw Beng Kong, a prominent chinese that was asked to build Batavia by J. P. Coen (VOC Governor General). He lives 1580-1644 and become Kapiten (leader of chinese community appointed by VOC) in 1619 when they begin ruling.

All photos taken by my iPhone.

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