Grade 5 Excursion to Glodok/Chinatown, Jakarta

To support our UOI 1 Central Idea: Human Migration. It is a response to challenge, risk and opportunities. Grade 5 students discovered the consequences of migration on nations and communities by exploring Jakarta’s Chinatown in Glodok Area, West Jakarta on Thursday, August 16, 2018. The explorations begin from Candranaya building. The students walked to Jl. Gajah Mada to get information about the history of “Glodok”.

Moving to Pancoran area, the students found The Pancoran Tea House. The students learnt about the humanities value in The Pancoran Tea House through Patekoan Tradition in that place. Patekoan is a tradition to provide 8 tea pots in front of a house for any people who are passing by the house.  Patekoan Tradition taught the students about caring, empathy and sharing with others.

Students then walked along to Jalan Kalimati to learn about the Chinese culture influence in culinary, medicine and economical systems. Through the market alleys, the students reached Jl. Kemenangan to discovered Vihara Darma Jaya Toasebio. The students learnt about the Chinese folk religion, gods, mythology, ancestors and traditions in the shrine.

After that the students explore Maria de Fatima Church a Roman Catholic Church. Originally an old 19th-century Chinese mansion owned by some wealthy families, this grand building was purchased and transformed by the Catholic Church in 1955. The interior is reminiscent of an affluent Chinese house and features an exquisite oriental wooden ceiling. The decorations, however, are very much Catholic in style. A statue of St. Maria de Fatima and two carved Chinese lions stand in front of the church, welcoming visitors. In this place, the students not only learnt about the architecture of the building but also the Christianity enculturation in Chinese tradition.

Continue the explorations; the students also visit Vihara Dharma Bhakti. It is the oldest shrine in Jakarta.

Last exploration, the students gathered in Candanaya house. This building was an old house of the last Batavia Chinese Major, Khouw Kim An.  Here, the students learned about Chinese house architecture and Chinese house philosophy (Feng Shui).IMG_1011IMG_1009IMG_1015IMG_1028IMG_1029IMG_1050IMG_1053IMG_1058IMG_1060IMG_1061IMG_1127

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