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Unity in Diversity: Exploring Fatahillah Square

Written by Sophie Volker
Busker entertains locals in Fatahillah Square

Busker entertains locals in Fatahillah Square.

In the 16th century, a commander for the Sultanate of Demak named Fatahillah recaptured the Old Town of Jakarta from the Portuguese.

Fatahillah remains a national hero  in Indonesia and his name has become synonymous with multiculturalism, through the Old Town meeting place of Fatahillah Square.

Indonesia’s national motto ‘Bhinneka Tunggal Ika’ – Unity in Diversity – is reflected in this multicultural centre, as Sophie Volker reports.

 

About The Author
Sophie Volker

Sophie Volker is currently working part-time as a Cadet Journalist at the Dalby Herald while finishing her Bachelor of Journalism at UQ. She is very excited to be taking part on the UQ in Indonesia trip because she is passionate about travelling and social justice journalism. During the trip, Sophie hopes to investigate the legal system in Indonesi...