Thursday 14 June 2012: Remnants of the Spice Trade
In the Sunda Kelapa Harbour area of North Jakarta, lies the 'Museum Bahari' or Martime Museum.
The contents of museum are somewhat interesting, with a few only maps of Batavia (as Jakarta was known to the Dutch) and some artefacts and traditional boats.
But what it is the real gem, in my opinion, are buildings that house the museum. These are the original spice wharehouses built by the VOC (Dutch East Indies Company) in 1700s.
They were rennovated last year and walking around them you can just about imagine the scene of the old colonial spice trade.
Sadly most of the other 'heritage' building in Jakarta are in a sorry state of disrepair, but it is go to know there are a few places that remain in good condition.