De Groote Rivier Batavia, which is now known as Kali Besar which is included in the Administrative Region of West Jakarta City. In the past, Kali Besar was used as a route for boats carrying spices to the Sunda Kelapa Harbor. Kali Besar was once considered an elite area because it was the residence of the rich and aristocrats. In the area, there are rows of old buildings consisting of offices, shops and warehouses which are later translated into Dutch as Groote Rivier.
Since opening on Friday, July 6 2018, this area looks even more charming. Regardless of the scorching sun that gets in the way, the tourists who come are still enjoying exploring the Kali Besar area. After renovated, this area is similar to the Cheonggyecheon Stream in Seoul, South Korea. Some interesting spots in Kali Besar, namely, Floating Park, Bridge, Unique Statue, and several benches on the edge of the river can be interesting spots to take pictures and upload on social media. Other interesting spots that can be visited by tourists while in Kali Besar such as the Jakarta History Museum, Wayang Museum, Bank Indonesia Museum, Fine Arts and Ceramics Museum, and the Red Shop.
If you visit Kali Besar Kota Tua, you don't need to pay, or it's free!
Vehicle parking facilities that are supported by a parking application are also available. In order to keep the environment clean, trash bins are also provided between the seats. With three trash cans at once, red is for B3 waste, orange is for inorganic waste, and green is for organic waste.
Kali Besar Kota Tua is open to the public for 24 hours. However, due to the pandemic situation that still surrounds the Kali Besar area, it is limited to 19.00 WIB. This aims to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
HOW TO GET THERE
To get to this place for free, visitors can use double-decker buses known as city tours to go to Kali Besar. This bus operates Monday-Saturday from 10.00-18.00 WIB, and Sunday at 12.00-19.00 WIB. With the History Of Jakarta route, visitors can depart from the Central Jakarta area to board from the Juanda stop / Istiqlal Mosque, then head to Monas, City Hall, National Museum, Archives Building, until finally arriving at the BI Museum which is in the Old City Area. From the Bank Indonesia Museum, all you have to do is walk a few hundred meters to arrive at Kali Besar. Arriving there, you will be spoiled with the heritage buildings of the Old City.