There’s something eerie about the kiosks in Jalan Surabaya (Surabaya Street). Perhaps it’s the rows and stacks of wooden puppets. Staring into thin air with their bulging eyes. Perhaps it’s the dirt covering wooden masks, giving the impression that they have been dug out of tombs. Or maybe, it’s the dust stuck between fine threads of antique blouses. Giving mysteries of who were the previous owners of those silken garments.
At the same time, there’s a strong charm about the rustic things displayed inside and outside the kiosks.
Jalan Surabaya, located in Cikini, Central Jakarta, is the megapolitan’s must go to place for antique shopping. Before this place only sold second hand stuff, but in 1972 Jakarta’s Tourism Department approached the sellers and persuaded them to sell antiques. It was meant to make Jalan Surabaya the city’s antique centre and a tourist spot. The plan, worked and in 1975 Jalan Surabaya became Jalan Surabaya that we know now.
Accept antique vehicles, you can find almost everything in here. An entire set of brass musical instruments, lamps, fiddles, ceramics, statues, masks, puppets, trinkets, kebaya blouses, tree-bark handbags, bead totes, etc, etc… Phew! The only skill that you must have is bairgaining skill. Haggle, haggle, haggle. That’s the only way to survive here. Oh, and a plenty of cash also helps since they don’t accept cards here.making scabbard for a rencong (Acehnese dagger)fossils, shells & ironwhenever there’s a dollar, there’s always sunshine Mr. Mumu Hidayat, head of Jalan Surabaya sellers, posing inside his kiosk. In front of him is a British marine telescope an antique Chinese vanity box. inside is written with fairytales this is fantastic. a plate of 1920s Chinese military generals Hola, Penelope! all the marine stuff