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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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Batik Motifs

Rasamala

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

Ondel-ondel

Ondel – ondel is Betawi traditional icons. This motif signifies

Salakanagara

Salakanagara batik motif illustrates the first kingdom in the Betawi land

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Mahkota Siger

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

Merak Lasem

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

Besurek Rafflesia

The term “Basurek” refers to a textile that contains letters or inscriptions

Tidayu

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

Gamolan

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

Pala Salawaku

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

Gonggong Beruntun

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

Abimanyu Prince

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

Burung Bidadari

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

Ondel-ondel

Ondel – ondel is Betawi traditional icons. This motif signifies

Gentala Arasy

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

Tongkonan

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

Asmat Papua

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

Bunga Raye

Raye Flower motif also represents a wish for

Desa Na Tolu

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

Tifa Papua

This motif was derived from traditional Papuan musical instruments,

Prada Papua

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

Bekantan Pakis

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

Bintik Tujuh

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

Karawo Mahkuta

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

Desa Na Ualu

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

Sido Mulyo

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

Kain Cual

Cual textile tradition has existed since the 17th century. The word “Cual” refers to

Tampuk Manggis Sasirangan

The motif illustrates the philosophy of the mangosteen fruit, which is

Biji Kopi

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

Alam Pantai

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

Sandeq

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

La Galigo

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

Raja Ampat

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

Kasih Tak Sampai

‘Kasih Tak Sampai’ is an idiom in the Indonesian language which refers to

Gorga Simeol-Meol

The Gorga Simeol-meol is a pattern of plant tendrils. it is regarded as a symbol of longevity and

Kerawang Datar

This motif symbolizes the embodiment of of religious values for

Kaharingan

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

Gajah Way Kambas

The motif illustrates the Lampung’s natural reserve, the Way Kambas. it also symbolizes

Karawo Pinang

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

Paqbarre Allo

The word “Barre” means round and “Allo” means the sunlight. This motif is interpreted as

Banji Cirebon

The Banji motif is the symbol of protection and

Tenun Bima

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

Lipaq Sabe

Lipaq Saqbe contains a simple geometric classical motif with various flower decorations. This textile is

Anggrek Tewu

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

Salakanagara

Salakanagara batik motif illustrates the first kingdom in the Betawi land

Hiu Taliyasan

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

Pucuk Rebung Riau

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

Sinaran

This pattern originates from Cirebon. It represents the reflection of

Pucuk Mekar

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

Ukir Sentani

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

Gigi Haruan Lidi

The Gigi Haruan Lidi motif is taken from the name of the cork fish and is a symbol of

Pintu Aceh

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

Bultiya

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

Keluak Daun Pakis

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

Sekar Jati

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

Teguh Bersatu

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

Gumin Tambun

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

Kamaro Timika

This motif is inspired by sacred symbols of Kamaro communities in

Pinawetengan

The Pinawetengan Batik pattern was taken from a prehistoric inscription in

Dayak Kamang

Kamang motif is generally found in the Dayak tribe shield because it is believed to

Daun Lada Hitam

The black pepper motif represents the main commodity of Bangka Belitung

Kuda Kupang

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

Manguni Minahasa

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

Leuit Sijimat

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

Kerawang Tegak Aceh

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

Kalo Sara

Kalo Sara is a sacred motif for Tolaki ethnic. It is considered as

Rasamala

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

Durian Pecah

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

Parang Rusak

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

Jumputan Bintang

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

Jagung

The philosophy of the corn motif illustrates the dream and

Cengkeh

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

Singayaksa

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

Bale Lumbu

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

Buketan Bali

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

Gonggong Siput

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

Pantai Ambon

Ambon city batik depicts the natural wealth and marine life of

Parang Seling

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

Gedhog Kembang Waluh

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

Daun Sirih

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

Srimanganti

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

Rutun Penyu

This motif describes the local wisdom which favours modesty and

Bayam Raja

The Raja Bayam Sasirangan motif illustrates the social status of

Pati-Pati Pinehiku

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

Ceplok Gayo Aceh

The variety of colors shows the differences in society that

Rangkiang

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

Ikan tambal

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

Dayak Taghol

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

Tubo Kelapa

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

Samudra

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

Gajah Mungkur

Semantically, it means a huge longing emotion trapped in the

Enggang Dayak

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

Tifa Totobuang

The batik motifs illustrate Maluku’s traditional music instrument called

Lontara

The Lontara script itself is a typical ancient script of Bugis and Makassar communities. History records that

Merak Ngeram

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

Tanah Liek

The word “Tanah Liek” refers to clay in Minang language. It is also known as

Wirasat

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

Sero Tangga

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

Wakatobi

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

Peresean

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

Malinau Cultural Festival

You will witness a unique competition that might not be found other than in

Honai

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

Jupri Kembang Teh

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

Daun Simpor

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