Saturday, July 31, 2004

Jakarta, The city layout

Although the Dutch were the first to attempt to plan the city, the city layout is probably more British than Dutch in character, as can be seen from such large squares as the Medan Merdeka (�Freedom Field�) and Lapangan Banteng (meaning �place of the gaur [large wild ox]�). The Oriental style, or �indische� style, as the Dutch call it, is apparent not only in the city's way of life but

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