Old City, New Vision: First Phase Project for the Revitalization of Kota Tua (Old City), Jakarta through Sustainable Tourism and Heritage Conservation

Project Durations and Locations

Duration of this project is from 13 January 2014 – 31 July 2016
Project locations : Jakarta Old Town (Kota Tua)

Project Description

Kota Tua has been facing a number of challenges that threaten the heritage of the area. Some of the main challenges include: A large number of historic buildings in the area are in a poor state of conservation; little identification of the heritage significance of the area and interpretation of this significance to audiences; limited community involvement in the conservation and management of the area or recognition of the intangible cultural heritage of the area. UNESCO has worked with the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Jakarta Government to support the revitalization efforts through the project entitled ‘Old City, New Vision: First phase project for the regeneration of Kota Tua, Jakarta through sustainable tourism and heritage conservation’.

Project Objectives

The overall goal of the project is to support the initiative and vision of the Jakarta government to protect, conserve and revitalize the area of Kota Tua while providing opportunities for sustainable development for local people and businesses. This initiative will also help support National government initiatives to have the site protected as a Cultural Heritage Area under the 2010 National Heritage Law. This can be achieved through the implementation of initiatives for the revitalization of the Kota Tua in combination with the input and technical support from UNESCO.

Project Timeline

  • Conservation
    • Analytical Study of Kota Tua Jakarta, by Urban and Regional Development Institute ( URDI) 2014 – 2015
      Heritage Trade’s Fair, 13-15 November 2014
    • Launching of Heritage Conservation Information Kit (English edition), 13 November 2015
    • Pilot Site Project, ( Historia Food & Bar and Kedai Seni Djakarte), August 2015 – February 2016
    • Workshop 1 , Capacity Building in Heritage Conservation through the Development of a Training Module, 9-11 September 2014
    • Workshop on the Preparation of World Heritage Nominations and Tentative Lists, 13-17 October 2014
    • Workshop 2, Training Workshop for the Conservation and Adaptive Re-use of Urban Heritage in Indonesia, 10-14 November 2014
    • Workshop 3, Caring for Our Heritage Buildings, 9-12 November 2015
    • Workshop 4 , Training of Trainers Workshop Caring Our Heritage Buildings and Revitalizing Heritage Districts in Indonesia, 18-21 January 2016
    • House Call for Heritage Building Owner & Heritage Clinic, 13-14 November 2015 and 18-21 January 2016
  • Public Exhibitions
    • Preparation for UNESCO World Heritage Site: Kota Tua Jakarta Exhibition, 19 April -31 July 2014
    • A Conservation Story (5 Indonesian Awardees of UNESCO Asia- Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation), 13 November 2014 – 20 January 2015
    • Historic Urban Landscape Exhibition (joint-exhibition with the Jakarta Old Town Revitalization Cooperation, 2 February – 5 May 2015
    • Kotatua: Our Common Ground, 23 June – 31 July 2016
  • Sustainable Tourism
    • Cultural Mapping Study & Focus Group Discussion, August 2015 – February 2016
    • Destination Branding for Kotatua, April – July 2016

Project Results

  1. Coordination among all key players strengthened through participatory approach for integrated heritage  conservation in Kotatua Jakarta.
  2. Policy and planning for the management of Kota Tua area based on high quality data collection, assessment and holistic analysis.
  3. Conservation activities in Kota Tua supported using best practice conservation methods and conservation education.

Success Story

  • Two female alumni of conservation trainings have taken part in managing large scale conservation projects in Kota Tua
  • Two business entities in Kotatua (Historia Food & Bar and Djakarte) have benefited from the project, receiving some
    amount of funds and technical conservation recommendation from international conservation experts. The conservation of the buildings have contributed to the business development/sustainability in Kota Tua while following heritage conservation principles to conserve those heritage buildings.