Exploring the Unique Charm of Candra Naya, A Cultural Heritage Amidst Jakarta’s Skyscrapers

Exploring the Unique Charm of Candra Naya, A Cultural Heritage Amidst Jakarta's Skyscrapers

javaprivatetour.com – Amidst the towering skyscrapers of Jakarta’s Chinatown, a unique sight stands out. Candra Naya, a beautifully preserved historical building with oriental architecture, is a fascinating glimpse into the past.

Built in 1807 by Khouw Tian Sek, Candra Naya was once the residence of Mayor Khouw Kim An, son-in-law of Poa Keng Hek, the founder of the first modern Chinese organization in the Dutch East Indies.  The house boasts a stunning blend of Chinese and European architectural styles, with intricate details and lush gardens.

This oriental-style house, located at Jalan Gajah Mada No. 188, West Jakarta. The name “Candra Naya” originates from a painting with Han characters, meaning “Autumn in the year of the Rabbit.”

Candra Naya House Jakarta

Candra Naya has witnessed a remarkable history. It has served as a venue for prestigious badminton tournaments, including the Indonesian Open. It has also been a school, a clinic, and in the 1960s and 1970s, it was a popular venue for high-society weddings.

Step inside Candra Naya and be transported to another time. Admire the ornate carvings, the intricate tilework, and the beautiful stained glass windows. Take a moment to soak in the peaceful atmosphere of the courtyard, with its koi fish pond and traditional Chinese landscaping.

koi fish pond and traditional Chinese landscaping in Candra Naya Jakarta


One of its distinct features is the glass roof in the main house, allowing natural light to illuminate the interior—a design element that dates back to its construction. This glass roof, symbolizing the “sky well” in Chinese philosophy, adds to the house’s allure.

Despite being surrounded by modern developments, Candra Naya retains its cultural significance as a well-preserved heritage site.

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Today, Candra Naya is part of the superblock complex managed by PT. Modernland Realty Tbk. Nonetheless, it falls under the supervision of Jakarta’s Tourism Department, ensuring its preservation for future generations to appreciate.

Candra Naya is a true hidden gem of Jakarta. It is a place where history comes alive and where you can experience the rich cultural heritage of the city.

Planning a trip to Jakarta? Make sure to include Candra Naya on your itinerary. It is a unique and unforgettable experience that you will cherish forever.

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Ticket Information:
Admission: FREE (Photography with high-resolution cameras not permitted)
Parking Area
Operating Hours:
Daily from 07:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Jalan Gajah Mada No. 188, West Jakarta

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