Girl Wearing An Abaya

Young man taking a photo of his girlfriend in Fatahillah Square
Shot at Fatahillah Square in Jakarta, Indonesia Tetsu Ozawa

The young man wearing a Songkok took a photo of his girlfriend wearing an abaya in Fatahillah Square

I finally arrived at Fatahillah Square after wandering around. This square was the center of Batavia, a colony established by the Dutch East India Company. The Jakarta History Museum on the south side of the cobblestone square is the city hall of those days. Today, there is a white and red Indonesian flag fluttering above the main entrance, but it must have been the Dutch flag in the past.

Fatahillah Square, one of the most famous tourist attractions in Jakarta, was crowded with a lot of tourists because it was Sunday. Some people came from abroad like me, while many others were Indonesian. Children were running around the wide-open square and young people were busy taking selfies. In Indonesia, social networking sites that satisfy the need for approval are also very popular.

A young man wearing an embroidered Songkok was also busy taking pictures of his girlfriend with the Old City Hall in the background. She was wearing an abaya. The couple was dressed as if they were Muslims.

She wore an abaya and only the eyes were exposed. I'm not a Muslim, so it's hard to identify these women anymore. I wonder how it is for the other guy. I wonder if this young man will remember properly who this woman was in the photo.


About Fatahillah Square

Fatahillah Square (Indonesian: Taman Fatahillah) is the historical center of the old Batavia. The square is located at the center of Jakarta Old Town. Today the square is a tourist area home to the Jakarta History Museum, Wayang Museum and Fine Art and Ceramics Museum in Kota, Jakarta. From the beginning of its foundation, Batavia was a well-planned Dutch forted city. The square that would become Fatahillah Square was first recorded in c.1627 as ...

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Shooting Date

Jan 2020

Posted On

May 10, 2020


Jakarta, Indonesia


Street Photography





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