Jakarta Kota Train Station

Jakarta train station

Jakarta Kota Station is the terminal train station, located in the old city area of Jakarta, known as Kota. It is not far from Fatahillah Square and several museums, so worth a quick look if you are in the area.

The station was built around 1870 and it was then renovated re-opened in 1926. It was officially inaugurated on October 8, 1929, by the Dutch Governor-General, A.C.D. de Graeff. Apparently, the station was appointed as a historical and cultural landmark in 1993.

The  Dutch originally named the station as the Batavia Zuid ( meaning South Batavia), a name that was used until the end of the 19th century. More colloquially the station was also known as the Beos Station; an abbreviation from the Bataviasche Ooster Spoorweg Maatschapij or the Batavian Eastern Railway Company.

The primary designer of the station was the Dutch architect Frans Johan Louwrens Ghijsels (born September 8, 1882). The design of the station is a combination of Western Art Deco and local architecture styles. There is a large, cool hall inside where it is possible to watch the trains come and go while having a cool drink. (toilets as well, for those in need).


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6 Responses to Jakarta Kota Train Station

  1. Lukman says:

    Awesome buildings, have the Jakarta people looked after it well inside?

    • Pak Liam says:

      Actually, in this case, yes. I did take a couple of pics, but they didn’t turn out very well. I’ll see if I can find them again, perhaps adjust them slightly and then add them in.

  2. icelandpenny says:

    I love old train stations,with their grand lines and spaces. You mention the cool hall inside, and this one looks cool on the outside as well — perhaps it’s the Art Deco curves, and the colour choices. I don’t know enough to pick out the local-architecture influence that you mention, what are they?

    • Pak Liam says:

      The utilitarian lines and squat, blocky shape of the rest of the building. Actually, I really need to find other pictures I have of the inside (thanks for reminding me) they are not particularly special photography wise, but at least you’ll see what I mean, inside is a grand old sweeping train station.

  3. Annie says:

    Love the artistic structure!

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