17 Jun '16, 2pm

Weekly 5: Trivia on story of the Big Durian - Jakarta Post

Weekly 5: Trivia on story of the Big Durian - Jakarta Post

Centuries ago, before it became the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta was a small port city on the estuary of the Ciliwung River. From an unknown city, it became an important international trading hub that witnessed a historic transition from colonial times. In commemoration of Jakarta’s 489th anniversary, which falls on June 22, here are five pieces of trivia about the Big Durian that make it the city we know today. What’s in a name? Few people know that Jakarta has changed its name 13 times. In 1527, the name was changed from Sunda Kalapa to Jayakarta by Fatahillah, a figure whose existence is still a subject of debate among historians but who many believe to be the founding father of Jakarta. In 1621, the Dutch established the city’s administration and called it Stad Batavia. The name changed twice during the period, although it was still called Batavia. The name remained u...

Full article: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/06/17/weekly-5-tr...

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