For some, it’s just the backdrop of a few quick photographs. For others, it is the background wherein they live their entire lives.
The “kelapa” is a special kind of coconut, sold in the 13th century as the main source of income of the Kingdom of Sunda – a place where modern Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, now stands.
The port’s working atmosphere leaves a heavy impression on every new visitor. Capes jut out in rows, containing ancient two-masted wooden ships called “pinisi” that still transport goods between the islands.
There sinewy workers work every day under the scorching sun. At moments of rest they smoke flavored cigarettes, and then balance on thin ladders with bags on their shoulders.
Sunda Kelapa – it’s not a tourist place. There’s no artificial brilliant beauty to delight the eye. But it is there where you can see and experience the atmosphere of the Javanese port functioning as it did many century ago.
Text and photos by khalezova.
Edit by Anna Moss
Address: Sunda Kelapa Harbour
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