As I picked a narrow street in a residential area in Jakarta, I came to a place full of people. Children and adults are lounging around in the alleyway, spending their time in a quiet atmosphere. It was a very busy place for local people.
There was no such thing as air conditioning, so it's cooler to be outside the house than inside. Moreover, the neighborhood is so thick here that few people are willing to spend time alone in the house. So it's normal to spend time in the alleyways that stretch between the dense houses.
The kids were busy playing games on their phones, but they were playing side by side on the front porch with their friends. And mothers were making small talk with the neighborhood mothers, and young babies were waddling around between them.
Looking closer, I could see that most of the people lingering in the alley were women or children. There were not many adult men in my sight. I guess it's normal for grown men to work outside during the day. However, I didn't know if the mothers in the alley were housewives or not.
Glodok is an urban village of Taman Sari, West Jakarta, Indonesia. The area is also known as Pecinan or Chinatown since the Dutch colonial era, and is considered the biggest in Indonesia. Majority of the traders and residents of Glodok are Chinese descent. The area dates back to colonial times when in November 1740, Dutch East Indies Company (VOC) designated Glodok as a residential area for ethnic Chinese. Administratively, the area is a kelurahan under the Taman Sari subdistrict, West Jakarta. Glodok is notable as one of biggest trading centers for electronic goods in Jakarta.
June 27, 2020
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