Sunda Kelapa is the traditional port of Jakarta. Wooden merchant ships from all over Indonesia anchor here to unload their goods and bring new ones on board, which are stacked high on deck.
The ships used to be pure sailing ships, including the famous Pinisi schooners from South Sulawesi. Nowadays they all have engines, which makes the scenery no less impressive.
The ships travel between the islands of Indonesia in a 500-year-old tradition. Sunda Kelapa, once the name of a village, has been a trading post and fish market since the 16th century. When it fell into the hands of the Dutch, the spread of Dutch East India began from here.
Sunda Kelapa is located in the north of Jakarta, near the old town with its Dutch colonial buildings. A trip can be combined well with Fatahilla Square, Cafe Batavia and the Maritime Museum in a colonial warehouse.
The parking lot is right at the entrance to the harbor and there are no stairs or steps. A walk along the peer with impressions of Indonesian harbor life on every meter is easy and completely wheelchair friendly. Just be careful of the heat at lunchtime on the open, shadowless concrete pier.
Cars are not allowed and the only traffic is the dockers’ forklifts. However, we are allowed to pick up our guests with walking difficulties at the end of the pier with our car.
Those with a strong stomach who want to experience the fish market, which opens at 3 a.m. every day, should be there by 6 a.m. at the latest!
Thank you Gert Lijnes and Marjan den Boer for letting us use your photos from tour with AccessibleIndonesia.
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