10 Rad Old Cities in Indonesia: Dive into History this Holiday Season!

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Hey, holiday adventurers! If you’re itching for a unique Christmas and New Year’s escapade, why not spice things up with a journey through the historical wonders of these awesome old cities in Indonesia?

No clichés here – these old cities aren’t your typical tourist traps like Semarang or Jakarta. Each of them rocks its vibe, blending cool architecture with a dash of history and culture. So, if you’re up for a holiday adventure with a historical twist, check out these 10 kickass old cities:

Kota Lama Semarang

Let’s time-travel to Kota Lama Semarang, a cultural treasure trove boasting ancient Dutch buildings with stories spanning centuries.

Keep an eye out for Blenduk Church – a 250-year-old stunner crafted by the Portuguese in 1753.

Kota Tua Jakarta

Jakarta’s Kota Tua is a history-packed playground. Dive into colonial-era gems like the Fatahillah Museum and Bank Indonesia Museum.

Want some fun? Hop on an old-school bike, feed the birds, and embark on a culinary journey.

Old City Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta isn’t just temples; it’s got a rad old city vibe around Fort Vredeburg. Explore the cool Post Office, Bank Indonesia, and the BNI Building – still rocking their Dutch charm.

Immerse yourself in Javanese culture at Kraton Yogyakarta and swing by the historic Masjid Gede Kauman.

Jalan Braga, Bandung:

Jalan Braga is like the cool hangout spot from the Dutch era in Bandung. Classic buildings line the street, offering a visual feast.

Need more Dutch vibes? Cruise over to Jalan Asia-Afrika, the ground zero built during Daendels’ reign.

Kota Tua Surabaya

Roll into Kota Tua Surabaya, covering Jalan Karet and Jembatan Merah – a Cultural Heritage spot since 2018.
Once an economic hub, this area is now a treasure trove of ancient buildings with serious artistic and historical cred.

Nagari Pariangan

In Padang, Nagari Pariangan is like stepping into a postcard with Gadang houses and stunning rice terraces.
Plus, it boasts the oldest mosque in Padang – Masjid Ishlah from the 19th century.

Kota Tua Lasem

Welcome to “Little China” in Rembang! Kota Tua Lasem mixes Chinese and Javanese styles, making it a charming spot.

Check out Cu An Kiong Temple, standing tall since the 16th century.

Sekanak Area

In Palembang, the Sekanak Area is the city’s time capsule, showcasing its historical charm.

Don’t miss the Jacobson van den Berg Building – a piece of history from the Dutch trading days.

Kota Singkawang

Singkawang’s got ancient vibes with Chinese touches – check out the oldest Chinese house and the Dragon Statue.

Oh, and don’t skip the Great Mosque and Tri Dharma Bumi Raya Temple side by side!

Kota Tua Ampenan

Heading to Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara? Kota Tua Ampenan welcomes you with Dutch-style architecture.

Explore different vibes in Kampung Tionghoa, Kampung Jawa, and Kampung Bugis – diversity at its best!

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