MANGGA DUA SHOPPING CENTER
The area of Mangga Dua is part of Jakarta's long history
starting from Sunda Kelapa port, China town or Glodok
which are now under the municipality of Central Jakarta
or Jakarta Pusat and very close to the border of
North Jakarta municipality. The name " Mangga "
refers to local fruits with high and long live tree
which is no doubt the name come from. Before 1350 West
Java was believed that it was under the control of Pasundan
kingdom or often called kingdom of Parahyangan by a
manuscript bearing the same name, and since 1350 the area had been controlled
by Majapahit great kingdom which center was in East Java. The fall of Majapahit in
1500 had caused fraction of west Java into many small
kingdoms which were among them Banten, Sunda, Cirebon,
and many other small kingdoms along the north coast of west
Java including a kingdom unknown that controlled the
coast of present day Jakarta with its port of Sunda Kelapa.
Sunda Kelapa and Mangga Dua
According to the Dutch report it was a battle happened between
prince Jayakarta and the Dutch governor General Jan Pieter Zoon Coen
in 1619 to struggle for the present day Old town ( Kota
) Jakarta, 100 years after the fall of Majapahit. It was probable that after 1500 AD Sunda
regained their control until it was devastated by Islam from Cirebon before the arrival
of Dutch overseas trade in 1619. So the Islamization of West Java must had taken place between
1500 to 1619 AD, althought it might some small followers had been presence at the area much
earlier with peacefull living with others.
Biggest Shopping Ratail
Mangga Dua area covers a wide area with the most crowded
traffic of cars and people. The area is bordered by
at the west is Jalan Gajah Mada and in the east is Jalan
Gunung Sahari, while in the middle is Jalan Pangeran
Jayakarta and Jalan Mangga Dua Raya where the shopping
centers are located. The construction of toll roads
and fly overs have made faster to reach the area from
airport and other parts of Jakarta, although to pass
the toll roads cars must pay not cheap fees. Today, what is
special for Mangga Dua, it is shopping!! Every one hears
the name will in reflex thinking of shops - shops and
all. The shopping area is consist of 6 main complexes
such as Mangga Dua Mall, Harco Mas Mangga Dua, Mangga
Dua WTC, The ITC Mangga dua I, ITC Mangga Dua II, Dusit
Mangga Dua and Pasar Pagi Mangga Dua. They are all look
as giant shopping malls with unlimited types of products,
as one to another without clear border.
Normally what are people looking in Mangga Dua are clothes
and electronic goods. According to shoppers enthusiasts
the best place to look for clothes in terms of variety
and price are the WTC Mangga Dua and the Pasar Pagi Mangga
Dua. WTC also has entertainment such as swimming pool,
hypermart, apartment and food court ( restaurant ).
While best place to hunt electronics are at Dusit and Harco Mas.
In the complex of Mangga Dua as a whole one can find
night clubs, just like those being offered in old town
to mention of them are Lido Palace inside Harco Mangga
Dua Plaza and Antik Discotheque at Jalan Pangeran Jayakarta.
Food court such as the Sarang Kepiting at the front of
WTC Mangga Dua serves various crab dishes. Dim Sums
at the Taipan ITC Mangga Dua which is considered the best in the area.
For travelers wish to overnight at the area of Mangga
Dua have some choices of hotels from 3 star to 4 star.
Yet with the popularity of Mangga Dua shopping centers
not only for Indonesian but south east Asian countries
in general, hotels have become more expensive compared
to the same level of hotels in the other area of the city.
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Jakarta - Batavia - Banten
The existance of Jakarta city has parallel with the existence
of current provice of Banten and West Java in general as the
capital city of West Java province which is also known as
the Pasundan land. Both Banten Port city and Jakarta city
are located on the north shore of West Java read more
Accommodations are rich within Jakarta from cheap to luxury five star hotels are available in almost all parts of the city including hotels which are located close to the international airport of Cengkareng. For travellers who has not good flight connection can use some hotels available near airport.