Jalan Jalan ke Petak Sembilan
With the Chinese new year coming, me and few work colleagues decided to travel to a place known as Petak Sembilan. Located on Jalan Kemenangan III 13 Glodok, Taman Sari, Jakarta Barat, the place will be filled with many visitors in welcoming the Year of the Blackwater Dragon.
We meet up at Kota Tua, just in front of Batavia Cafe. From there, we walk to Petak Sembilan. We were enjoying our walk there, where we also took photos along the way.
We are going through a market filled with vendors selling many chinese new year’s ornaments, food and many other things. It is pretty crowded. Once we arrived at the Klenteng Petak Sembilan, which is also known as Vihara Dharma Bhakti. It is the oldest klenteng in Jakarta, and was built in 1650.
There are a lot of people praying in the temple. Not only that, there are also many tourists and photographers. It is a good moment to take photos. I went in to the place where people burn candles and pray. I can’t stay long there as my eyes got irritated by the smoke.
Outside, there are people burning candles and praying as well. Outside of the temple, there are people already waiting for angpao. They are mostly poor people and patiently waiting.
In another building, but still part of the temples, there are plenty of red lampoons hung to the ceiling, and becoming a popular object for the photographers.