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Welcome to Kota


Kota, also called Old Batavia or Old Town Jakarta, is the surviving piece of Dutch colonial district from its heyday as the centre of Asia's trade with the west. Today the area's colonial buildings are falling into disrepair but the central cobble stone square Taman Fatahillah still lets visitors recall life in the 16th century. The area is free to roam about in although information and attractions are lacking. Yet it is a rare glimpse into the city's history which is mostly swallowed by new development elsewhere. The area is set pleasantly on the waterfront and gives a quiet and cooler reprieve from the bustle of Jakarta's inner city.

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Kota Fatahillah Square
Bahasa Indonesia is the official language, but many dialects are spoken. English is widely understood in Jakarta and tourist resorts.

Rupiah (IDR) is the official currency and is divided into 100 sen. Foreign currency can easily be exchanged at banks, hotels and money changers in major tourist destinations; US dollars is the most accepted currency. Cash often yields a better exchange rate than travellers cheques, which are not always accepted. It is recommended that travellers cheques also be in US dollars. Most major credit cards are accepted at hotels, restaurants and stores catering to the tourist trade. ATMs are available in main centres. Small change is often unavailable so keep small denomination notes and coins for items like bus fares, temple donations and cool drinks.

Opening Times
Indonesia spans three time zones. GMT +7 (West, including Java and Sumatra), GMT +8 (Central, including Bali, Sulawesi and Lombok), GMT +9 (East, including Irian Jaya).
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