I was walking through the residential area of the Glodok, Jakarta. Many people say that Glodok is a Chinatown. But not everything in this area seems to be Chinatown. The area I was walking around didn't have a Chinatown feel to it. It was just a residential area.
The long and narrow streets were lined with low-rise houses on both sides. And here and there, something like a general store for the locals had opened a shop. The small shop in this photo was one of those in the residential area.
It had a bench outside of the shop and had a stove inside. And there were household items hanging from the ceiling. It looked like a general store with serving snacks.
When I came here, a man was sitting on the bench. While the man had a glass cup in his hand, he was relaxing with a cup of coffee.
People in Jakarta are not unusual for foreigners, or they are not interested in strangers, or they are shy. I don't know which is right. I didn't become attention-getting even though I walked around in a place where there were not many tourists. I rarely got approached by the locals when I passed by a place where they were lounging around. This man didn't tell me to have a cup of coffee when he saw me either.
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 26, 2020
SONY ALPHA 7R II
ZEISS BATIS 2/40 CF