Glodok Pancoran paifang gate
Glodok Pancoran paifang gate
Country Indonesia
RegencyWest Jakarta
SubdistrictTaman Sari
Postal code

Glodok (Chinese: 裹踱刻; pinyin: guǒ duó kè; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: kó tho̍h khek) is an urban village of Taman Sari, West Jakarta, Indonesia. The area is also known as Pecinan or Chinatown since the Dutch colonial era, and is considered the biggest in Indonesia. Majority of the traders and residents of Glodok are Chinese descent. The area dates back to colonial times when in November 1740, the Dutch East Indies Company designated Glodok as a residential area for ethnic Chinese. Administratively, the area is a kelurahan under the Taman Sari district, West Jakarta.[1]

Glodok is one of biggest trading centers for electronic goods in Jakarta.


Glodok in 1953.
Glodok in 1953.


The word Glodok came from the Sundanese word "Golodog" (Sundanese script: ᮌᮧᮜᮧᮓᮧᮌ᮪), meaning entrance to a house, as Sunda Kalapa (Jakarta) is the gateway to the ancient Sundanese Kingdom. It was also thought that the name came from the "grojok grojok" sound that water makes coming out of a waterspout in the yard of the Cityhall (Stadhuis), now the Jakarta Museum. A waterspout was built on this site in 1743 and was used for daily needs such as a watering hole for horses.[2]

Early history

In Batavia (now Jakarta), Dutch East India Company created commercial opportunities which attracted immigrants from many areas of what is now Indonesia. This economic activity also lured thousands of Chinese people to Java. Swift immigration challenged the city's limited infrastructure and created burdens on the city. Tensions grew as the colonial government tried to restrict Chinese migration through deportations.

Recent history

On 9 October 1740, 5,000 Chinese were massacred and the following year, Chinese inhabitants were ghettoized in Glodok outside the city walls.[3] In 1998, Glodok was one of major areas attacked during the May 1998 riots, primarily due to tensions between pribumi and Chinese Indonesians who lived there, who were accused of hoarding the nation's wealth. In 2006, practitioners of Falun Gong were reportedly "assaulted" during a meditation session. A Falun Gong representative suggested that the assailants were sent by the Chinese embassy, though a local news organization noted another possible motivation: that Falun Gong practitioners had been "disrupting business" by distributing pamphlets.[4]


Old Chinese style houses in Glodok
Old Chinese style houses in Glodok
Kim Tek Ie Temple, established in 1650
Kim Tek Ie Temple, established in 1650
An anti-Falun Gong sign on the streets of Glodok, taken in 2006.
An anti-Falun Gong sign on the streets of Glodok, taken in 2006.
Glodok in 2017. The location is roughly same as the 2006 photo above.
Glodok in 2017. The location is roughly same as the 2006 photo above.
Gate and Earth Deity Shrine at Jalan Kemenangan VII, Glodok.
Gate and Earth Deity Shrine at Jalan Kemenangan VII, Glodok.
Chap Goh Mei celebration in Glodok
Chap Goh Mei celebration in Glodok


As for shopping centre, most of the vendors in Glodok are Chinese Indonesians. Glodok is the biggest Chinatown area in Indonesia, and one of the biggest Chinatowns in the world. The Chinatown covers three main areas, namely Gang Gloria (Gloria alley), Jalan Pancoran and Petak Sembilan. The Chinese came to Jakarta since the 17th century as traders and manual laborers. Most of them came from Fujian and Guangdong provinces in southern China. Centred on Pintu Besar Selatan Road, it has become a commercial hub for the relatively prosperous Chinese community. Assimilation between Chinese and pribumi made a language known as Betawi language.[5] Chinese New Year celebrations and Cap Go Meh celebrations held in the area are major attractions, after president Gus Dur began lifting restrictions in 2000. The area is now a spot to buy Chinese food, traditional Chinese medicine and cheap electronic goods.


Glodok and contiguous of Mangga Dua[6] are one of the biggest shopping centres in Southeast Asia. It stretches from Pancoran street to Gunung Sahari street and has approximately 500,000 m2 of shopping centres. Beside sales of electronic consumer goods, Glodok is also the biggest market for original and bootleg audio and video discs. Some of the shopping centers in this area are:


Other than shopping, Glodok is a spot to buy Chinese food, traditional Chinese medicine and cheap electronic goods. Gang Gloria is a famous place for a wide array of dishes, including gado-gado (mixed vegetables served with peanut sauce), soto betawi (beef cooked in coconut milk), ketupat sayur (rice cakes served with coconut milk and vegetables), sek ba (pork offal stewed in soy sauce) and more. Established in 1927, the legendary Kopi Es Tak Kie coffee shop specializes in iced coffee. Rujak Shanghai Encim (boiled cuttlefish, radish, cucumber, and water spinach with red sauce and peanut sprinkle) this fresh salad was established around 1950s. This kind of dish is very rare, and only able find it at Glodok.[7]

Temples and church

There are four old temples in the area, namely Dharma Bhakti Temple, Dharma Sakti Temple, Hui Tek Bio temple and Dharma Jaya Toasebio Temple. Kim Tek Ie Temple also known as Dharma Bhakti Temple, which was established in 1650 is the oldest temple in Jakarta.[8] Santa de Fatima Catholic Church, which is built in Chinese architecture located at Jl. Kemurnian III.


There are many bus services provided by TransJakarta, PPD, Mayasari Bakti, and city transport. TransJakarta stops at the Glodok bus stop. Jakarta Kota, Kampung Bandan, Mangga Besar and Jayakarta stations of KRL Commuterline are located adjacent to the area.

See also


  1. ^ "Disinggung Sandiaga Uno, Ini Asal-usul Kawasan Pecinan Glodok". Kompas. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  2. ^ Dari ”Grojok” Menjadi Glodok[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Witton, Patrick (2003). Indonesia. Melbourne: Lonely Planet. pp. 138–139. ISBN 1-74059-154-2.
  4. ^ Falun Gong in Jakarta - Indonesia Matters
  5. ^ "Hikayat Kawasan Petak Sembilan". CNN Indonesia. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Mangga Dua shopping center".
  7. ^ "The glorious culinary gem of Gang Gloria in Glodok". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 2017-08-11.
  8. ^ "Jakpost guide to Glodok". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 2017-08-11.

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