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May 26, 2023

Jakarta in the 1990s Through Fascinating Photos

Jakarta is the capital and largest city of Indonesia. Lying on the north-west coast of Java, the world’s most populous island, Jakarta is the largest city in Southeast Asia, and serves as the diplomatic capital of ASEAN.

The city is the economic, cultural, and political centre of Indonesia. Although Jakarta extends over only 664.01 km2 (256.38 sq mi) and thus has the smallest area of any Indonesian province, its metropolitan area covers 9,957.08 km2 (3,844.45 sq mi), which includes the satellite cities Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, South Tangerang, and Bekasi. It is also the largest urban area in Indonesia and the second-largest in the world (after Tokyo).

Jakarta ranks first among the Indonesian provinces in the human development index. Jakarta’s business and employment opportunities, along with its ability to offer a potentially higher standard of living compared to other parts of the country, have attracted migrants from across the Indonesian archipelago, making it a melting pot of numerous cultures.

These fascinating photos were captured by Kent Clark that show everyday life of Jakarta in the 1990s.

Jakarta expressions

Jakarta cyclists

British International School

Buffalo boy

Chicken, rice and music with street musicians Novi and Chandra

Child labor

Child labor

Child labor

Floods, Kapuk Muara, Jakarta


Garbage collector

Girl and Jakarta houses, Kapuk Muara

Girl garbage collector

Girl garbage collector

Grandmother and Jakarta rubbish collectors

Hanging out at the food cart

Home of rubbish collectors

Homeless mother and children

Homeless mother and children

Houses above canal

Jakarta housing

Jakarta kids

Jalan Permata Hijau

Kids and buffalo

Mobile restaurant

North Jakarta homemade house

North Jakarta slums

PDI political rally

Poverty increased with the collapse of the currency

Rubbish collectors

Samin, after being found in the street, lived in this private institution for handicapped children which is located in South Jakarta

Small shop

South Jakarta kids

South Jakarta rubbish collectors

South Jakarta rubbish collectors

Umbrella boy


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