Sunda Kelapa

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Having a friend here pushed me to visit Sunda Kelapa Port.  Some might call it a tourist attraction.  Some might call it a smelly old port.  I call it "real and interesting but unfortunately poorly scented and in need of a good scrub".

The huge boats come in to this port from Kalimantan, Sumatra and Sulawesi to bring in resources for this heaving city of Jakarta.  The boat captains use no navigational aids, just their knowledge and experience, to make the journey.  The historic harbour was an important part of the spice trade in the Dutch Indies.

But in the words of my travel buddy, "you are lucky these photos aren't scratch and sniff".

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