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.
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.
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.
Hotels 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.
National monument is the symbol of the independence standing proudly in the center of the city. See the city from the top See more
Sunda Kelapa is ancient port which is still well preserved with now special port for phinisi tradisional ships. This reminds us about the sea trade in the course of early Christian Era See more
Old Batavia town is the oldest area of the city founded in the year of 1700 by Dutch VOC preserving the European middle and modern age architectures See more
Shopping Paradise ! Jakarta city is well known for its' shopping travel. Giant shopping centers such as Mangga Dua and Tanah Abang are among the most famous places, besides cheap prices, also variation of goods and services available both retails and groceries are among the most complete.
See general map of Jakarta city with complete information on the places of interest indicated on the map within government administrative border.
Hotel Reservation in all areas of Jakara city starting from budget hotels Central Jakarta - South Jakarta - North Jakarta - West Jakarta - Jakarta Airport. Within the administration of greater Jakarta city are known many areas with its' specific character of location, type of business, certain trend of development, history, and level of advancement. One can find what is the area and hotel factility on those areas such as Ancol, China Town, Mangga Dua, Kemang and others. Short description of these areas with travel facilities can be seen here
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