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Jakarta excursion, from Paser Baroe to Kota Tua (Part 2)

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Bank Mandiri Museum
Bank Mandiri Museum (IO/Septo Kun Wijaya)

If you want to know what banking activities were like in the past, come to this building at 1 Lapangan Stasiun St. But don’t expect to see a teller’s desk equipped with a computer or money counting machine. Instead, what you will find is a teller’s desk equipped with very simple equipment such as abacus, cash box, manual calculator and stamp. You can even go into the director’s room. The museum has 31,000 objects, including Grootboek (the big book) which recorded monthly financial reports between 1833-1837 in handwriting. The book itself weighs 28 kilograms!

The museum is also used for other activities such as children art activities or a gathering place for communities in Jakarta.

Fatahilah Museum
Fatahilah Museum (IO/Septo Kun Wijaya)

Fatahilah Museum

The trip to visit the old buildings ends at the icon of the Old City, namely the Jakarta History Museum, or better known as the Fatahilah Museum, because it is located on Fatahilah St. During the Dutch colonial era, this building was used as the City Hall. It took three years to complete the construction before it was inaugurated by Governor General Abraham van Riebeeck on July 10, 1710. At that time, the City Hall also served as a court office, prison and a place to execute rebels, robbers, deserters and the mentally ill.

Read: Jakarta excursion, from Paser Baroe to Kota Tua (Part 1)

When Japan occupied Indonesia from 1942-1945 this building was used as the headquarters for logistics operations. After independence, Jakarta Governor of Ali Sadikin inaugurated this building as a museum on March 30, 1974.

In this museum you can see the Sword of Justice that was used to execute prisoners. There is also the famous Portuguese cannon Si Jagur, which was used by the Dutch in the battle to seize Malacca in 1641. (ra)

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