What is it? Jakarta’s Chinatown isn’t a neighborhood for trinket shopping and dim sum afternoons – it’s a living, breathing neighborhood populated by the city’s working class Chinese-Indonesian community.
Why go? It has been a site of anti-Chinese violence multiple times over the years, but is now home to thriving fresh produce markets as well as the oldest coffee shop in town, Kopi Es Tak Kie. The stunning Buddhist temple Jin De Yuan Temple is a must-see icon of Glodok. Sitting in the middle of the neighborhood since the 1700s, the Buddhist temple has risen from the ashes after burning down in 2015.