Setu Babakan : Betawi Village Communities in Jakarta
Located at Srengseng Sawah in the subdistrict of Jagakarsa in South Jakarta, is Setu Babakan, a man-made lake that is a water catchment area for the city of Jakarta. The lake receives its water from the Ciliwung river that flows here from the mountains of West Java. Covering an area of around 30 hectares, this peaceful lake is surrounded by clusters of shady fruit trees among which are mangoes, mangosteens, rambutans, starfruit, guava, jackfruit, durians and many other juicy tropical fruits.
Here visitors can see the original architecture and layout of the houses or stroll through this rustic village that has retained the Betawi atmosphere, watch cultural performances by the lakeside, enjoy special Betawi food and snacks, or go fishing or boating on the lake.
For, it is here at Setu Babakan where the Betawi Culture is being kept for conservation and revival for posterity. Discovering such a large area of green trees and rural setting in the middle of busy Jakarta is indeed a most enjoyable surprise.
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