Kota Tua has always been one of the tourist attractions in Jakarta. It is an old part of Jakarta (Batavia), located at the northern part of the city. It offers the old side of Jakarta that is not just filled with malls and department stores. In November 2012 my friends and I went to the famous Kota Tua. We took a Transjakarta bus from Blok M and got down at Kota bus shelter. This bus shelter was near the Kota train station (Stasiun Kota). Right in front of the train station was the Museum Bank Mandiri.
To get from the train station to Museum Bank Mandiri, we had talk to walk and cross the road through a tunnel. Inside the tunnel there was a violin player performing some classical music pieces. In front of the front door of the museum, there were two sculptures standing like guards guarding the museum. Right after entering the museum, we could see that the museum had the style of banks of the old times. There were steel bars like in old banks separating the tellers and the customers. There were displays of calculators and computers used in banks from time to time, old money of different nominal from several countries, types of obligations, display of gold and valuables deposits, and also sculptures depicting banking activities of the employees and customers.
Not far from Museum Bank Mandiri was Museum Bank Indonesia. That was our second destination. Before entering this museum, visitors had to store their bags in the bag keeping area. The visitors were then guided to room showing a video about the history of Indonesian money, from Oeang Republik Indonesia to the current money, Rupiah. After that, visitors could enter the rooms displaying sculptures depicting activities of people in the past, currencies and money samples from every country, gold deposits, models of telephones from time to time, writings from different cultures in the world, etc.
From Museum Bank Indonesia we walked to the area of Museum Sejarah Jakarta (or commonly known as Museum Fatahillah). As its name says, this museum is about the history of Jakarta. This museum is relatively small compared to the two museums we visited previously.
Not far from Museum Sejarah Jakarta was Museum Wayang with its collections of wayang figures and dolls used from other countries like Russian dolls, Chinese dolls, English dolls, French dolls, etc.
Near Museum Sejarah Jakarta there was also Museum Seni Rupa dan Keramik. This museum contains collections of various art and ceramics. On that day there was also an exhibition of contemporary drawings in the hall of the museum.
The last and the farthest museum we visited was Museum Bahari. This museum contained models of ships and harbors in Indonesia from the past. On the same day there was also dancing performance about Malahayati, the first female admiral in Indonesia at night, the staffs of Museum Bahari were quite busy arranging the setting for the performance and we could also see the dancers training for their performance that night. Sadly we had to go home and couldn’t watch the performance.