The area of Kota Tua (Old Town), measuring 284 hectares, is being revitalized with the ultimate goal of becoming a tourist destination of cultural and history at international class with the touch of local traditions. The revitalization activities were officially started last March by Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi) by holding festivals on culinary and arts.
A total of 85 Dutch heritage buildings will be revitalized with a variety of business activities and art festivals that will support the area as a tourist destination for foreign as well as domestic tourists.
"This area has a bigger potential than the similar ones in the other countries. If all parties work together, whether individuals, private or state-owned companies and the provincial government of DKI Jakarta, it will come true," said Jokowi when opening the culinary festival in the courtyard of Fatahillah Museum to mark the beginning of Kota Tua revitalization.
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ACCORDING to Chairman of the Board of Trustee for PT Pembangunan Kota Tua Jakarta S.D. Darmono said the consortium has recorded more than 280 old buildings to be restored in the Old Town area. In addition to the restoration of old buildings, the consortium will also modernize the rundown buildings that not included into cultural heritage.
"The modernization aims to ‘revive' the Old Town which was able to contribute to create new job opportunities for the surrounding community. The consortium will utilize all the potential to build festivals, museums, educational facilities, or all sorts of things that could revive the area," he said.
He explained that related to financing, initially the consortium has provided an endowment fund valuing US$16.5 million. This endowment fund, should not be depleted and must be managed to maintain a sustainable financing.
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The historical Sunda Kelapa Port will be the first site to receive a face lift in the Old Town (Kota Tua) revitalization program.
The plan follows the rebirth of the old Pos Indonesia building as a new gallery, the Jakarta Art Space.
The Jakarta Old Town Revitalization Corporation (JOTRC), a consortium of private and state-owned enterprises including state port operator Pelindo II, has agreed to make the trading port a proper tourism site.
JOTRC chairman Lin Che Wei said on Tuesday that Pelindo II, also known as IPC, had signed an agreement to become a founding member of the JOTRC and a cultural group, the Jakarta Endowment for Art and Heritage (Jeforah), and to play its part in the revitalization of the 33-hectare port in North Jakarta.
"The company also agreed to fund the port makeover master plan,"
According to Lin, JOTRC and IPC will begin other projects that will kick start the Sunda Kelapa Port program.
Sunda Kelapa is the city's oldest port and serves inter-island ships. However, IPC, the port operator, has yet to tap into the true potential of the port, leaving it messy, unclean and fetid because of the pungent, polluted sea.
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