The full image of phinisi with its sail tucked down

The Harbor of Sunda Kelapa

Kalapa was the name of this harbor before it has its name changed to Sunda Kelapa. Located in North of Jakarta, this harbor is popular with its phinisi – two masted traditional Indonesian wooden sailing ship – which used as freight service. Back to the days when Indonesia was still divided into kingdoms, this harbor was the silent witness of the Indonesia spices’ magnet to attract traders from all corners of the world; porcelains, silk and even horses are some items to name being traded with Indonesia spices. Sunda Kelapa itself was the previous name of this city, before they changed the name into Jayakarta (and later Jakarta) which means victory earned with efforts in Sanskrit. This harbor itself is the reason behind the anniversary of Jakarta when victorious recovery of this harbor from Portuguese was achieved.

With its history and popularity in the old days, Sunda Kelapa becomes one of the well-known maritime tourist destinations in Jakarta. Although its grandeur is hardly seen, we still can spot the traces of its important role.

The lines of phinisi anchoring and waiting to be loaded or unloaded
The lines of phinisi anchoring and waiting to be loaded or unloaded
The hardship of its dedication can be seen from the scratches and marks
The hardship of its dedication can be seen from the scratches and marks
Do you the balance to walk this small plank?
Do you have what it takes to walk this small plank?
Rusty anchor to prove its experience and maturity
Rusty anchor to prove its experience and maturity
Truck of cements ready to be loaded
Truck of cements ready to be loaded
The full image of phinisi with its sail tucked down
The full image of phinisi with its sail tucked down
The spearing bowsprit of phinisi
The spearing bowsprit of phinisi
Tie the knot
Tie the knot
The warehouse in the other part of the Sunda Kelapa
The warehouse in the other part of the Sunda Kelapa
In the far, you can see Marina Batavia - Colonial style restaurant
In the far, you can see Marina Batavia – Colonial style restaurant
The overcast sky did not stop them from loading - or they simply rushed their loading activity to avoid the possibility of rain
The overcast sky did not stop them from loading – or they simply rushed their loading activity to avoid the possibility of rain
Heading home after long day of serving the labors in the harbor with drinks. The overcast has not reached this part of sky yet
Heading home after long day of serving the labors in the harbor with drinks. The overcast has not reached this part of sky yet

Well, this is the end of my blog post after I left it collecting dust for quite some time.

Au revoir!

3 thoughts on “The Harbor of Sunda Kelapa

  1. The sky looks really overcast, but you captured some of the most interesting parts of the old port nonetheless. Did you explore the canal as well?

    1. I don’t even know if there is some canal. It was a very very short visit anyway. I was there for less than an hour and with the sky getting darker, I didn’t explore more. I was lucky to be able to capture some areas even with the overcast sky. Thanks🙂

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