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