I left Jakarta Kota station and walked quickly to Fatahillah Square. Fatahillah Square is the heart of old Jakarta, once known as Batavia. The Dutch, who colonized Indonesia, built a trading post here and made it a base for Asian trade. Even now, there are still heavy buildings built by the Dutch East India Company around the square and the square has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Jakarta.
On the way from the station to the square, people were plying their trade on the roadside, aiming at the tourists. There are many food stalls serving food. There were also many people selling toys. Because the square is not a prominent tourist destination in the whole of Southeast Asia, I didn't encounter any heavy touts on the sidewalks. If you want to buy it, you can buy it. No one called out to me, who was clearly a foreign tourist.
Shifting my gaze from the busy sidewalk, I saw a number of horse-drawn carriages parked by the side of the driveway. The carriage in the photo was one of them. There were two men, one beside the horse and the other on the seat, who appeared to be the carriage master. Like the sidewalk peddlers, these people didn't even ask me if I wanted to ride in a carriage. They stood still and waited for the guests to arrive.
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May 8, 2020
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