Boy In Pasar Baru

Boy watching the phone screen in Pasar Baru
Shot at Pasar Baru in Jakarta, Indonesia Tetsu Ozawa

A boy sat in a chair, staring at his phone screen

I was walking through the Sawah Besar district of Jakarta. As I was walking along the river with the riverbank like a canal, I saw a large gate. It seemed to be an entrance of some sort. When I looked over there, I saw a straight stretch of road, with shops lined up on both sides. It was a shopping district. The roofs were built in the spot overhead and it reminded me of the Musashi Koyama Shopping Arcade near my house.

This was a shopping street called 'Pasar Baru'. Many of the items sold in the shop were apparel-related. Shops lined the street selling clothes, shoes, and fabrics. I didn't feel such an atmosphere by just walking around, but this is Jakarta's Little India. Indians outside India often work with cloth. It was the same in the Indian town in Yangon, Myanmar.

As I walked around, I saw a stall set up beside a shop and a boy sitting on a chair beside it. He was staring at his phone screen and didn't even twitch. It didn't matter where I was, whether it was Indian town or Chinatown, smartphones were very popular. In Myanmar, there were even some girls engrossed in their smartphones in a temple where a Buddha statue is enshrined.


About Pasar Baru

Established in 1820, Pasar Baru is one of the oldest shopping district in Jakarta. Pasar Baru is located in the heart of Jakarta's busiest district. The area centered in a street called Jalan Pasar Baru that runs in a north-south axis. The southern edge of the street is marked with a gate and a bridge that span over a canal that connects to Jalan Raya Pos, a section of Java's Great Post Road that runs through Jakarta. Right across the Pasar Baru southern gate is Jakarta Art Building. The Pasar Baru street is lined with numbers of shops, restaurants and also several shopping centers.

Where is Pasar Baru in Jakarta?




Shooting Date

Jan 2020

Posted On

July 23, 2020


Jakarta, Indonesia


Street Photography