Entrance to the Betawi Cultural Village (http://institutionkekulturanbetawi.com)

Kampung Betawi is located on Jalan RM. Kahfi II, Srengseng Sawah Village, Jagakarsa District, South Jakarta, near Depok, which serves as the center of the Betawi Cultural Village, an area to maintain Jakarta’s cultural heritage, namely the indigenous Betawi culture.

Situ or setu Babakan is an artificial lake with an area of ​​32 hectares (79 acres) where the water comes from the Ciliwung River and is currently used for fishing for the surrounding residents. This lake is also a place for water recreation such as fishing, water biking, or cycling around the shores of setu.

Setu Babakan (https://foursquare.com)

The village covers an area of ​​289 hectares, 65 hectares of which are owned by the government, of which only 32 hectares have been managed. This village is inhabited by at least 3,000 families. Most of the residents are indigenous Betawi people who have lived in the area for generations. While the other small part are migrants, such as migrants from West Java, Central Java, Kalimantan, etc. who have lived in this area for more than 30 years.

Setu Babakan is a village area designated by the Jakarta Government as a place for the preservation and development of Betawi culture on an ongoing basis. This village, which is located in the south of Jakarta, is an attractive tourist attraction for tourists who want to enjoy a typical rural atmosphere or witness the original Betawi culture firsthand. In this village, the Setu Babakan people still maintain the Betawi culture and way of life, fishing, farming, trading, making handicrafts, and making Betawi food. Through this way of life, they actively protect the environment and improve their standard of living.

Setu Babakan Betawi Cultural Village (http://kesetubabakannyok.wordpress.com)

Setu Babakan is a residential area that has a strong and pure feel both in terms of culture, performing arts, snacks, clothing, religious routines, and the shape of a Betawi house.

Setu Babakan, as a Betawi Cultural Heritage area, is actually a relatively new tourist attraction. Its inauguration as a cultural heritage area was carried out in 2004, which coincided with the commemoration of the 474th anniversary of DKI Jakarta. This village is considered to still maintain and preserve the typical Betawi culture, such as buildings, language dialects, dance arts, music arts, and drama arts.

Betawi Traditional House (http://www.dansapar.com)

Historically, the designation of Setu Babakan as a Betawi Cultural Conservation area had actually been planned since 1996. Prior to that, the DKI Jakarta Government had also planned to designate the Condet area, East Jakarta, as a Betawi Cultural Conservation area, but failed (cancelled) because over time The village is increasingly faded from its Betawi cultural nuances. From this experience, the DKI Jakarta Government then planned a new area to replace the already planned area. Through the Governor’s Decree No. 9 of 2000, the Setu Babakan village was chosen as a Betawi Cultural Conservation area. Since the year of this stipulation, the government and the community have begun to try to pioneer and develop the village as a cultural heritage area that is worthy of being visited by tourists. After preparations were deemed sufficient, in 2004, Setu Babakan was inaugurated by the Governor of DKI Jakarta, Sutiyoso, as a Betawi Cultural Heritage area. Prior to that, the Setu Babakan village was also one of the objects selected by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) as a tourist visit for participants at the PATA conference in Jakarta in October 2002.

Three Setu Babakan Tour Packages

Culture tour

Ondel-Ondel (http://www.jakarta.go.id)

Visitors can enjoy performing arts, whether music, dance, or masquerade on the Setu Baba kan stage. Usually held every Sunday from 13.00-16.00 WIB. It is an activity that offers a lot of impressions about Betawi culture which highly upholds the values ​​of brotherhood, love of nature, and spirituality.

Water recreation

Playing at Situ Ducks (http://bebasopan.blogspot.com)

Setu Babakan is the perfect location to spend time with family. For those who like fishing, this lake can be the right location for hunting various kinds of freshwater fish. Starting from sepat fish, catfish, gold, even lucky if you get carp. Also available from the management are entertainment transportation suggestions, such as water bikes, ducks, and bicycle rentals for visitors who want to get around the shores of Setu Babakan.

Culinary tour

Pletok Beer (https://foursquare.com)

Rows of food vendors along Setu Babakan offer visitors many choices. Local traders sell Betawi specialties, such as egg crust, shawl mayang, gado-gado, pecak gurame, to Betawi laksa. Typical snacks that do not need to spend too deep. The culinary concept in Setu Babakan is intended for folk snacks.

Accommodation and Other Facilities

As a cultural heritage area, Setu Babakan Village has so far been equipped with public facilities, such as places of worship, performing arts stages, children’s playgrounds, open theaters, guesthouses, management offices, galleries, and souvenir shops. With this facility, visitors can take pictures using traditional Betawi clothing with shooting locations tailored to the wishes of visitors. What is no less interesting is that currently (starting March 2011) an onthel bicycle community has been formed in Setu Babakan under the name OSEBA (Setoe Babakan onthel). This community usually gathers every Sunday morning in front of the main stage yard.


Access to the Setu Babakan village location is relatively easy, because there are many public vehicles that pass through this village. From Pasar Minggu Terminal, visitors can use Kopaja No. 616 route Blok M to Cimpedak. After about 30 minutes, visitors can get off in front of the gate of Setu Babakan village. In addition, tourists who depart from Depok Terminal can use a taxi to the Setu Babakan village.

Alternatively, visitors who depart from Depok Terminal can also use Metromini 616 heading Blok M – Pasar Minggu – Cimpedak or use public transportation numbered 128, then get off at the gate of Setu Babakan village. If using a private vehicle, visitors are asked to park their vehicle in the space provided, then are welcome to visit the village by walking or cycling around Setu Babakan.

More information contact

Setu Babakan Betawi Cultural Village
Jln. Moch Kahfi II, Rt.009/08, Ex. Srengseng Sawah, Kec. Jagakarsa, South Jakarta
Tel / Fax : (62) 21 786 2861
Websites: http://institutionkekulturanbetawi.com
and http://kampungbetawi.com