The origin of the name of this road began in the Dutch period, when students Rechts Hogeschool Batavia (Jakarta Law Academy) settled in this area while studying there. Since then, this road has officially been known as Jalan Jaksa.
In the late 1960s, Jalan Jaksa became known internationally among the adventurers through the International Youth Hostel Federation (IYHF). In 1968, Nathaniel Lawalata, general secretary of the Youth Association of Indonesia changed his home into a hotel called Wisma Delima. This hotel became the first hotel in Jalan Jaksa and the only hotel in Jakarta that was internationally registered in IYHF.
Since then, this road experienced growth and recorded many hostels in many popular travel guidebooks such as Lonely Planet. Jalan Jaksa then become a transit point for exploring the whole of Indonesia and is officially designated as an area of tourism by the city council.
In 1993, the Tourism Office of Jakarta noted 57,201 foreign tourists living in hotels and hostels along this road and its surroundings, including the 29,676 Europeans, 9,309 Australians, 4,215 Americans and 649 Africans, This one of place of cheap hotel booking in jakarta. The average length of stay of foreign tourists in Jalan Jaksa is three days.
The Jalan Jaksa Festival held yearly on On 5-7 August 1994. This street festival was started in 1994, and intended to increase the popularity of this road, celebrating the culture of indigenous tribes Jakarta, known as Betawi.
Now, Jalan Jaksa is still a popular location with foreign tourists. The road is still known among the locals, an English teacher, expatriates, and travelers. Although less modern and developed as Kuta, Bali or Khaosan Road in Bangkok, the road still offers a range of services to assist low-budget tourists including travel agencies, bookstores, where currency exchange, laundry, pubs, etc.