Beyond the Metropolis, Setu Babakan’s Timeless Betawi Cultural Sanctuary

Setu Babakan – Nestled within the bustling heart of Jakarta lies a hidden gem that transports you back in time, allowing you to experience the rich tapestry of Betawi culture. Known for its vibrant stories and cultural richness, Setu Babakan is not just a destination; it’s a journey through the soul of Jakarta.

As you step into Setu Babakan, the air becomes infused with the essence of Betawi heritage. The name itself, Setu Babakan, is derived from its location, nestled between two expansive lakes (setu/situ), covering approximately 165 hectares. This cultural enclave is home to around 3,000 families, each living the authentic Betawi way of life – cultivating the land, raising fish, crafting traditional delicacies, and creating exquisite handicrafts.

Preserving Betawi Culture in the Heart of Jakarta

Setu Babakan Betawi Culture

The government of Jakarta has rightfully recognized Setu Babakan as a cultural sanctuary, a living testament to the preservation of Betawi traditions. The village not only tells stories but becomes a living museum where every corner whispers tales of the past, preserving Betawi culture against the backdrop of the bustling metropolis.

Setu Babakan, also known as Situ Babakan, stands as a cultural heritage site situated in Srengseng Sawah, Kecamatan Jagakarsa, Jakarta Selatan. “Situ” translates to ‘lake’ in Sundanese, while “babakan” means ‘new village.’ The village is aptly named, as it is surrounded by three lakes.

In 2004, this area was designated as the Betawi Village Center, coinciding with the 474th anniversary of Jakarta, due to the presence of numerous authentic Betawi settlements. This cultural preserve spans 175 hectares, comprising People’s Gardens, Betawi community villages, and the two lakes that embrace the settlement.

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The residents of this area engage in agriculture, fisheries, and actively participate in the greening efforts of the Situ Babakan region. Additionally, visitors can witness the daily life of the locals, including fish farming in floating cages along the lake’s edge, fishing, farming, trade, craftsmanship, and the production of Betawi specialties such as Dodol Betawi and Bir Pletok.

Moreover, the region frequently hosts Betawi traditional arts events, including Cokek dance, Mask dance, Lenong theater, and Ondel-ondel puppetry on open stages every Saturday and Sunday. During these events, visitors are often encouraged to interact, participating in the performances, dancing, or providing commentary on the Lenong actors’ actions.


Why Choose Java Private Tour?

At the heart of this enriching journey is Java Private Tour, your gateway to an authentic Betawi experience. Java Private Tour stands out for its team of professional local guides who are not only certified but also fluent in English, ensuring seamless communication for international travelers.

The flexibility of Java Private Tour is a key highlight. Unlike rigid schedules, they tailor your experience based on your preferences, whether you’re a leisure traveler, a business professional, a researcher, or a content creator. Java Private Tour offers a fleet of private vehicles, including sedans, vans, and tourist buses, providing comfort and convenience throughout your exploration of Setu Babakan and beyond.

The dedicated team, comprising experienced drivers and licensed guides, ensures a safe and enjoyable journey. Java Private Tour’s commitment to excellence has earned them recommendations from embassies of friendly nations, attesting to the satisfaction of international visitors.

So, why choose Java Private Tour? It’s more than just a tour service; it’s a personalized, enriching experience that brings you closer to the heart of Betawi culture. As you explore Setu Babakan, guided by Java Private Tour, you’re not just a tourist; you become part of a cultural narrative that transcends time and borders. BOOK HERE to embark on your cultural adventure today!


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