Happy Birthday Jakarta!

In light of the birthday of my hometown and the capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta, that falls every year on the 22nd of June, here are a few fun facts about Jakarta :

  1. The name Jakarta comes from a word combination of ‘Jaya’ which means victory or triumph and ‘karta’ which means city.
  2. Before it was officially known as the Special Capital Region of Jakarta, the city changed its name FIVE time:
    In 669-1579 AD it was known as Sunda Kelapa, in 1527-1619 it was Jayakarta, then in the colonialism era (1619-1942) the Dutch changed it to Batavia, when the Japanese came to take over in 1942-1945, they changed it to Jakarta Toko Betsu Shi and after the independence of Indonesia it was changed back to Djakarta or Jakarta.
  3. One of the historic landmarks in Jakarta, The Selamat Datang Monument, was a result of a sketch done by the sixth governor of Jakarta, Henk Ngantung. He coincidentally was also a well-known painter.
  4. In the year 1915 there was a motorcycle club in Batavia called ‘Motorfietsrijders te Batavia’ that was founded by an Englishman called J.C. Potter.
  5. With 130 malls, Jakarta is a city with the most shopping centres in the world.

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