Exploring Tangerang Old Market

Last Sunday, 9 September 2019, I and my friend, Ovi, joined a walking tour hosted by mas Huans from Klub Tukang Jalan. Both of us and the other five participants were curious about what was interesting about Tangerang Old Market or Pasar Lama Tangerang. I have been knowing this area as the residence of Cina Benteng people.

I and Ovi departed from Palmerah train station of Central Jakarta. After that, we had to reach Tanah Abang train station before we came to Duri train station. From Duri, we took Jakarta-Tangerang commuter line route. There are 10 train stations that span from Duri to Tangerang.

Once arriving at the Tangerang train station, we saw that the train was connected to an array of kiosks and stores with numerous traders who were selling various items, from street foods to electronics.

Tangerang Old Market

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Our first destination is the market itself. We had to walk some meters from the Tangerang train station. The market retains a traditional trademark. You can grab that sense from seeing small traders offering products inside the market. You can bargain the price of the items. From flowers to snacks, the market has it all.

Amidst the crowded sellers and modern stores, there remain some ancient shops that are owned by the Chinese. You can recognize them through symbols of fortune that hang above the entrance door.

Every afternoon, especially during Saturdays and Sundays, the market turns into culinary heaven. Plenty of cafes and food stalls pack the market to satisfy all foodies from the city. The market holds an important key to the city’s development. This is the business district that once gathered the citizens seeking livelihood for the first time.

The market was once surrounded by a fortress (benteng). This is where the name Cina Benteng derived from. Now, the fortress is gone for good. The market is among the first constructions that later lead to the city’s progress.

Benteng Heritage Museum

The market has a wonderful museum inside of it. Uday Halim took over a historical house in 2009 in the market then restored the high value. The house was set up in the 17th century. Uday Halim took two years to study, restore and fulfill the house with antique and priceless collections regarding Indonesia-Chinese culture.

I was so stunned once arriving at the museum. I couldn’t stop admiring the Chinese traditional house that brought me back to the old Chinese movies I watched when I was a small kid.  The museum guide, Mr. Martin, told us that the museum’s floor material was original. The black wood of the museum was from the 17th century.

The museum contains such an immense gem from the past. One of the masterpieces is the old coins from Banten kingdom in the 17th century. Truly, the museum is among the best I have ever seen so far. I salute to Uday Halim who preserves the culture and history of the Indonesia-Chinese people by establishing the museum.

Those of you who intend coming here, here is basic information:

Address: Jalan Cilame, Nomor 18-20, Pasar Lama Tangerang, 15111

Phone number: (021) 55791139 or info@bentengheritage.com

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. The museum is closed on Mondays. The museum is open during national holidays from 10 am until 5 pm.

Website: https://bentengheritage.com/

Ticket price: IDR30,000 (about US$2)

No pictures are taken during the visit because once there was a visitor unintentionally broke one of the collections while taking pictures.

Boen Tek Bio Temple

After about one hour at the museum, we headed to Boen Tek Bio temple. The temple is still inside the market. The address is Jalan Bhakti Number 14. The temple was firstly set up around 1750. When we visited the temple, plenty of worshipers were flocking it.

As you can see from the picture, the temple seemed bright and colorful with the worshipers and the iconic Chinese architecture. Red, yellow and plenty of animal symbols always wrap any Chinese temples. The temple has been regarding an influential one in Tangerang until today.

Kali Pasir Mosque

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Standing across Cisadane river, Kali Pasir mosque was firstly constructed in the 16th century. The mosque is the oldest one in the Tangerang City. It is the remain of Pajajaran Kingdom. The mosque symbolizes religious tolerance between Moslems and Chinese people who live around the market. The market, by the way, is only a few meters from the temple. During the visit, mas Huans pointed to the mosque tower that resembles pagoda. In front of the temple, there is a cemetery.

Cisadane River

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I loved it when we were crossing the Cisadane river that day. The clock was almost 12 at noon but the weather, thankfully, was a bit cloudy. So, we were feeling the breeze at the river. Some durian sellers were opening businesses at that time. The river is completed with tall trees.

Mas Huans later brought us to a spot within the river that once existed Tangga Jamban inscription. The inscription contains 81 Chinese names who firstly constructed the city. the inscription is now at the museum.

You can find the exact position of the inscription alongside the river. The local administration made a signage to help visitors easier finding it. You can step down on the “deck” and even take a boat for sailing along the river.

I personally love the river as it looks clean and organized. The local administration builds Flying Deck to collect millennials spending time alongside the river. I hope I can visit the riverside again given plenty of cool cafes, too.

I and Ovi ended the day with satisfied. Walking tour to hidden historical and cultural spots in our own city and the surrounding has always left us contented. We must do this walking tour again and again.

Additional Source: https://www.kompasiana.com/djuliantosusantio/5c6bb94cc112fe259a519a78/dulu-di-tepi-kali-cisadane-ada-tangga-jamban-untuk-buang-hajat?page=all



Lima Tahap Tambah Kosakata dalam Bahasa Inggris

Tidak dipungkiri kita akan susah lancar berbicara dalam bahasa Inggris apabila kosakata yang kita ketahui sedikit. Saya pernah memperoleh keluhan teman yang mengaku sulit menambah kosakata dalam bahasa ini. Seperti yang saya pernah bilang sebelumnya bahwa tidak ada rumus pintas menguasai bahasa ini. Kita semua membutuhkan upaya yang konsisten agar niat belajar tetap menyala.

Berikut saran dari saya:

  1. Menentukan Topik yang Hendak Dipelajari Dulu

Fokuskan seminggu atau beberapa hari untuk menentukan segmen yang hendak dipelajari. Mengapa demikian? Bagi pemula, menyempitkan tema akan membuat otak lebih mudah menyerap kata-kata baru. Hal ini dibandingkan dengan membuat daftar kosakata yang hendak dihafalkan dari beragam bidang.

Saya selalu menyarankan agar teman-teman memulai dari topik yang paling disukai. Sebagai contoh, teman-teman yang doyan makan coba sesekali masuk ke dapur. Lalu buat daftar kata atau istilah yang memuat benda yang ada di dapur. Dari situ, tinggal dicari terjemahannya dalam bahasa Inggris. Buat daftar seperti ini:

Bahasa Indonesia Bahasa Indonesia
Pisau knife
Kunyit Turmeric
Lengkuas Galangal
Merica Pepper
Pemanggang Grill
Jahe Ginger


Itu hanya satu aspek saja. Kalian tinggal memilih bagian yang paling kalian sukai.

  1. Menuliskannya dalam Kertas atau Notes di HP

Dulu waktu saya di kelas saat universitas, dosen menyarakan kami membuat kartu-kartu kecil yang berisikan kata baru yang akan dihafalkan. Kalian bisa menuliskan kata-kata baru dalam tabel di atas dalam potongan kertas. Atau jika dirasa kurang ramah lingkungan, kalian bisa mengganti kosakata baru tersebut dalam fitur notes dalam ponsel pintar masing-masing.

  1. Melengkapinya dengan Gambar

Ada yang lebih mudah menghafal dengan gambar. Jadi teman-teman bisa mencari gambar sesuai kosakata baru yang dimaksud lalu mencetaknya. Dapat pula menyimpan gambar berikut kata dalam bahasa Inggris ke dalam folder dalam ponsel pintar kalian. Tinggal sering-sering dibuka agar terus mengingatnya.

  1. Membuat Target Jumlah Hafalan

Tetapkan target yang realistis. Katakanlah, teman-teman ingin bisa menghafal lima atau 10 kosakata baru dalam seminggu. Lakukan di sela kesibukan kalian bekerja atau belajar. Manfaatkan waktu luang untuk mengulang kosakata baru tersebut agar membuat waktu produktif.

  1. Konsisten

Sebenarnya ini bagian yang paling berat. Konsisten, singkat pengucapannya tetapi berat pelaksanaannya. Kalian bisa menentukan jam tertentu untuk menghafal kosakata baru. Atau kalian bisa bebas memilih jam untuk menghafal asalkan fokus pada jumlah kosakata yang mesti diingat. Jika kalian lupa, bangkit lagi ya untuk menghafal. Terus semangat demi menjadi kamus berjalan, hehe..