In the quiet residential Menteng District of Jakarta, Indonesia, Jalan Surabaya stands apart: it’s an antique market with roots in the old city surrounding Fatahillah Square, an interesting home for old stuff in one of Jakarta’s more upscale residential areas, and an endangered tourist destination, under attack by declining sales and a city government intent on reclaiming the land for other purposes.
Jalan Surabaya remains part of the Jakarta landscape for now, about 180 or so stalls in a 500-yard line on one side of the narrow street. Bill Clinton thought it worthy enough to schedule an hour’s antiquing back in 1994. You may have the benefit of more time to look through Jalan Surabaya’s interesting wares if you come visit.
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