This trip was totally unplanned and occurred because of my skipped brain (I blamed sleep-deprivation for this), so we boarded on a public transport that goes to area opposite to where we were supposed to head to, and ta-da, me and Ina (this time minus Debby) found ourselves lost in Passer Baroe. Yeay!
Posing in front of the gate!
Also known as Pasar Baru in its newer spelling edition—when people still referred Jakarta as Batavia, they called this place Passer Baroe—actually reminded me to a similar place in Tokyo and Osaka, which I visited in summer last year. Well of course Takeshita-dōri in Harajuku and Dōtonbori at Osaka were much bigger, neater, more established and well-maintained than Passer Baroe was. However, it was no less interesting for me and Ina, because we were always happy to visit a place we were both never have been to before.
Before I went through about our experience there, Passer Baroe or Pasar Baru is located at Kecamatan Sawah Besar, Jakarta Pusat. It has been a popular shopping district ever since the era of Dutch colonialism (and nowadays can also be an alternative escape from the mall!); as stated on the gate, it has been there since 1820, and thus earned the acknowledgment as the oldest shopping district in Jakarta.
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