Jalan Jaksa (abbreviated as Jl. Jaksa) is a short street approximately
400 meters long at
Menteng subdistrict in Central Jakarta, Indonesia.
It is located about 1 km south of the national museum,
west of the Gondangdia railway station. The street connects Jalan KH
Wahid Hasyim to Jalan Kebon Sirih. The six-meter-wide road offers
tourists the opportunity to get cheap accommodation, and of course
nightlife. It is designed as the main choice of foreign as well as
domestic backpackers who visit Jakarta.
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In Indonesian language Jaksa means attorney. During Dutch colonial
period it was a gathering place for law students from Rechts
Hogeoschool.  In the late 1960s Jl. Jaksa started to become
internationally known among backpackers though the International Youth
Hostel Federation (IYHF). In 1968, Nathanael Lawalata the secretary
general of the Association of Indonesian Youth Hostels, converted his
house into a hotel to establish the Wisma Delima. This was not only
the first hotel in Jl Jaksa but also the only hotel in
was internationally listed by the IYHF. In 1993, the
Office stated that 57,201 foreign tourists had visited hotels and
hostels in the street and the surrounding area, including 29,676
Europeans, 9,309 Australians, 4,215 Americans and 649
Africans. The average length of stay of foreign
Jalan Jaksa was three days.
On 5–7 August 1994, the first annual Jaksa street festival was
held.The street festival aimed to increase the popularity of street
and simultaneously celebrate the culture of indigenous Jakarta
residents, known as the Betawi people. The 1998 monetary crisis, the
Bali bombings, the
2004 Jakarta embassy bombing
2004 Jakarta embassy bombing and the decision
in 2005 to reduce the standard tourist visa from 60 to 30 days have
reduced the number of budget tourist numbers at Jalan Jaksa. Many
backpackers decided to stay directly in the other parts of Indonesia
instead of spending 10% of their 30-day visa in Jakarta.
Locals on the street have taken measures to prevent Islamic radicals
from intimidating tourists during sweeps, which were threatened in the
early 2000s .Jl Jaksa is still the main budget accommodation and
low budget entertainment street in Jakarta.
Though the street is nowhere near as touristy, modern or developed as
that of Kuta,
Bali or the
Khaosan Road in Bangkok, it still remains
popular among backpackers. Tourists choose to stay at Jalan Jaksa
because they can blend with local culture and feel the atmosphere of
Jakarta in a comfortable, but affordable way with facilities
including travel agencies, second-hand bookstores, money changers,
laundries, pubs, etc.The location of
Jalan Jaksa is in the city
center also makes it easier to explore the tourist attractions in
Jakarta. The street is not only a place for backpackers but it is also
a gathering place for expats living nearby.
There are also plenty of shops, hotels, offices, and restaurants at
Jalan Wahid Hasim, Jalan Sabang (Jl. Agus Salim street), Teuku Cik Di
Tiro Street, Jalan Kebon Sirih and
Menteng Raya Street, those are
adjacent to Jalan Jaksa. Jalan Sabang is a popular culinary
destination in Jakarta.
Jakarta/Central travel guide from Wikivoyage
Jalan Jaksa website
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Coordinates: 6°11′10″S 106°49′44″E / 6.186°S