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Kota Tua – Jakarta Old Town

The Jakarta Old Town (photo: @Pesona.Travel)

Kota Tua – Jakarta Old Town

This ancient trading community was the seed of Jakarta as the capital city. It is the biggest Chinatown area in Jakarta, and it hosts a lot of historical and cultural occurrences even since before the time of the Dutch occupation. As the name already suggests, there are many historical buildings that were built in the colonialism era that are still standing. You can rent vintage bicycle at a museum and visit other museums next to it. There are also many cosy restaurants in this place that serve authentic Chinese-Jakarta culinary delights, as well as unique vintage photo gallery exhibitions. 

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Ondel-ondel

Ondel – ondel is Betawi traditional icons. This motif signifies

Salakanagara

Salakanagara batik motif illustrates the first kingdom in the Betawi land

Rasamala

The Rasamala Batik motif is associated with a story when the Dutch came

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Ceplok Gayo Aceh

The variety of colors shows the differences in society that

Bintik Tujuh

The Bintik Tujuh (Seven Dots) motif has 7 white spots and green color gradation as

Manguni Minahasa

Manguni is identified as the symbol of the Minahasa people. Manguni is known as a

Pisang Bali

This batik motif is usually given by a person to his/her lover who is

Daun Simpor

This motif is inspired by the Simpor plant (Dillenia Suffruticosa) which is a typical

Samudra

This art painting means to be strong-willed person to pursue

Tongkonan

Toraja’s traditional house is called Tongkonan. Tongkonan is a place for

Waruga

Minahasa batik motifs are adopted from Waruga. Waruga is the

Anggrek Tewu

This motif is created based on the local wisdom and philosophy of

Honai

The Honai is inspired by the traditional house of the Papuan community living in

Wirasat

Wirasat or divine inspiration is a gift from God. This inspiration is symbolized by

Tubo Kelapa

Coconut tree is a symbol of a good character and strong mentality. It illustrates the more success a person, the more

Gumin Tambun

Based on Hindu mythology, this motif symbolizes lucks, abundant wealth, and

Peresean

The Peresean is a game that sometimes some kinds of magic are

Dayak Taghol

Dayak Taghol has a distinctive style of four curved lines and small dots. This motif represents

Biji Kopi

The coffee seeds motif illustrates the pride of local coffee specialities in

Kerawang Datar

This motif symbolizes the embodiment of of religious values for

Bultiya

The word ‘Bultiya’ is an acronym of the three major tribes in North Kalimantan, namely

Gonggong Siput

Gonggong (Strombus Turturella) is one type of sea snail found around

Karawo Pinang

Pinang refers to the Palm areca tree. This motif is considered as the original

Sido Mulyo

Sidomulyo is one of the classical motifs, which is specifically used for the bride’s costume in

Tifa Papua

This motif was derived from traditional Papuan musical instruments,

Asmat Papua

The batik motif illustrates the Asmat’s sacred tribal motifs that are

Pantai Ambon

Ambon city batik depicts the natural wealth and marine life of

Cengkeh

The clove flower motif is the main commodity of the Tolitoli Regency. This motif represents

Pala Salawaku

This motif illustrates the unique weapons of the Maluku region, namely

Tangerang Herang

Tangerang Herang motif is a symbol of Tangerang city. The Tangerang Herang batik motif consists of

Merak Lasem

The peacock is considered to be the king of the birds. It represents

Sekomandi

Its philosophical meaning is the eternal union which refers to a saying “until death do us part”

Sekar Jati

Sekar means flower and Jati refers to teak trees that symbolizes a strong mental character that

Kuda Sepasang

For the people of Kupang, having a strong horse is a matter of

Tidayu

The name of this motif is the acronym of three ethnics namely,

Durian Pecah

Broken Durian motifs depict the foundation of faith. The second half signifies the mastery of

Bekantan Pakis

This motif represents Pakis Haji (Polystichum setiferum), an endemic plant in

Pintu Aceh

The motif is inspired by Aceh’s traditional architecture that has

Pattimura

Pattimura is the name of an Indonesian hero who fought against colonialism in

Hiu Taliyasan

Indonesia is also home to the world’s largest fish, the whale shark (Rhincodon typus). Hiu Taliyasan refers to

Ake Patra

Ake is related to the divinity and the composition of the universe. It is a symbol of

Keluak Daun Pakis

The word “Keluak” is a Minang language which means twisted or tangled. The Motif of

Daun Sirih

This motif illustrates betel leaves that are used by Lombok communities as traditional

Bayam Raja

The Raja Bayam Sasirangan motif illustrates the social status of

Wakatobi

It symbolizes the coastal beauty of the Wakatobi island and the symbol of Patra symbolizes

Alam Pantai

The word “Alam Pantai” refers to the natural beauty of

Ikan tambal

The word “Ikan” refers to fish. The philosophical meaning of Ikan Tambal means is

Desa Na Tolu

The Desa Na Tolu characteristic pattern symbolizes the Batak philosophy of existence and

Barong Bali

The Barong refers to the mythological animal with supra-natural

Singayaksa

The Singayaksa motif comes from the name of a place where Sultan Hasanuddin used to

Mega Mendung

Mega Mendung signifies the cloud. This motif means to stay

Rangkiang

The word “Rangkiang” refers to the rice granary in the Minangkabau language. It symbolizes

Kamaro Timika

This motif is inspired by sacred symbols of Kamaro communities in

Abimanyu Prince

This motif implies a hope that the wearer will have the wisdom of

Karawo Mahkuta

Mahkuta refers to Gorontalo’s traditional crown. It represents noble characters of

Tifa Totobuang

The batik motifs illustrate Maluku’s traditional music instrument called

Ukir Sentani

The Ukir motif is a batik motif that is inspired by various traditional Sentani wood carvings

Tabir Tanjung

Tanjung flower is a type of Cherry tree flower, which is commonly found in

Lok Baintan Floating Market

As you can imagine, the most authentic thing is that you can buy things and even

Awan Larat Riau

This motif is usually associated with gentleness, wisdom, and

Mahkota Siger

Siger is the crown of a noblewoman in ancient time. It is a symbol of femininity, strength, and

Burung Bidadari

Bidadari birds are endemic birds in Halmahera. This motif represents an

Banji Cirebon

The Banji motif is the symbol of protection and

Pinawetengan

The Pinawetengan Batik pattern was taken from a prehistoric inscription in

Insang Ikan

Insang refers to the gills of the fish. This is a typical pattern of Malay ethnic who inhabits

Sinaran

This pattern originates from Cirebon. It represents the reflection of

Teguh Bersatu

This batik motif shows the strength of the people of Kupang. It also represents a sense of

Gedhog Kembang Waluh

a combination of Javanese cultural motif of the Majapahit kingdom (XII-XIV century) with

Kerawang Tegak Aceh

The Vertical Upright (Kerawang Tegak) Motif symbolizes a person who has a strong

Srimanganti

The name of the Srimanganti motif is derived from Palace’s hallway that connects to

Sero Tangga

The Sero Tangga illustrates an endearing feeling and sacrifices of a person to fulfil

Gurdo Solo

Gurdo or garuda bird is the mount of the Indian god Vishnu. As the Sun Bird,

Angsa Duo

According to legend, the Angso duo batik motif is a pair of swans that are believed to have led Princess

Gamolan

This motif illustrates Gamolan, a bamboo musical instrument of Lampung that is

Gonggong Beruntun

This motif illustrates that a person should maintain a positive attitude and

Parang Rusak

Another meaning behind this motif is an unconquerable spirit, symbolized by

Prada Papua

The word “Prada” in the Javanese-Indonesian dialect means a batik textile that

Desa Na Ualu

The Gorga motif of Ualu Village is the symbol of the eight cardinal

Sandeq

Sandeq Boat is a symbol of the maritime importance of the West Sulawesi region. The greatness of

Ondel-ondel

Ondel – ondel is Betawi traditional icons. This motif signifies

Bunga Raye

Raye Flower motif also represents a wish for

Kuda Kupang

Horses symbolize wealth. It contains noble values of virtuous characters that bring

Tenun Bima

The motifs are adopted from Bima woven textile. This pattern has received a great

Pucuk Mekar

This motive reflects the joy and gratitude to God over the grace of

Buketan Bali

The Balinese bouquet (Buketan Bali) is a floral arrangement and the name is

Bale Lumbu

This motif signifies the welfare of the ancient Sasak society. Bale also symbolizes the

Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat motif represents the marine life at Raja Ampat archipelago in

Leuit Sijimat

This motif reflects the daily activities of the Baduy tribe in Banten. The main ornaments of batik motif consist of:

Parang Seling

Parang Seling or “alternating daggers” is a royal batik motif. It is a feminine variant of

Kaharingan

The Kaharingan or ‘tree of life’ based on the Dayak tribes’ belief system. This tree symbolizes

La Galigo

La Galigo is a literary work of the Buginese Epic that has 300 thousand epic lines. It is considered even

Enggang Dayak

Local people beliefs that hornbills are an incarnation of the Commander of the Birds. It has supernatural

Besurek Rembulan

This batik illustrates praise for God who created the wonderful universe

Rumah Mamuju

the Batik motif illustrates the house of Mamuju King with the stairs, located on the left of the wooden stage house

Pucuk Rebung Riau

Pucuk Rebung symbolizes heart determination in achieving goals, good luck, and

Awan Berarak

Awan Berarak is a combination of Dayak motifs and Malay patterns. The word ‘Awan Berarak’ means the

Kaganga Tanah Rejang

If Batik Besurek combines Arabic calligraphy motifs, then the Kaganga batik takes

Merak Ngeram

The hatching peacock motif has a very deep meaning which refers to the sacrifice and

Pati-Pati Pinehiku

It symbolizes the hierarchy in society and the social status of the Mekongga

Gentala Arasy

Built as high as 80 meters, the tower also highlights the historical side of

Jumputan Bintang

The word Jumputan means the tie-dye technique, while the word “Bintang” refers to

Jupri Kembang Teh

Kembang Teh illustrates the tendrils of tea plants that grow in the highlands of

Salakanagara

Salakanagara batik motif illustrates the first kingdom in the Betawi land