Explore Java: Jakarta

The main gateway to Indonesia, it is a contrast of modern western architecture and traditional Indonesian culture. Its rapid growth into a metropolitan city reflects the economic, political, social and industrial development of the nation. In recent years, Jakarta has expanded its facilities for the visitor which luxury hotels, meeting facilities, world class golf courses, fine restaurant, exiting nightlife and shopping center beside tourist attractions heritage, sea resort in the Bay of Jakarta and an extensive beach recreations complexes.

Place of Interest

Sunda Kelapa
The bustling fish market “Pasar Ikan” the best visit in early morning. It is located in the far north of the city at the mount of Ciliwung River. Dutch domination of Jakarta and the rest of Indonesia began from this area, and the remnants of Kasteel Batavia, the old fort and trading post of Dutch East Indies Company, can still be seen. Tall Bugis Schooners form South Sulawesi anchoring there offer one of the fines sights Jakarta has to offer.

Museum Gajah (National Museum)
It is located on the west side of Merdeka square, it offers historical, pre-historical, archaeological and ethnographic aspect of Indonesia thought its extensive collection of artifacts and relic which date as far back to the Han, Tan and Ming Dynasties.

Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (Indonesia Miniature Park).
It is a cultural park, which attempts to resent the ethnic cultures and tradition in permanent exhibits of traditional architecture native to the 30 provinces. Performance of drama and dance of the various province are regularly staged in the pavilions every Sunday morning.

Ranggunan Zoo
Its is situated part of the city. Indigenous animals such as Komodo dragon, Tapir, Java Tigers, Wild Ox, and brightly colord brids are give ample room in lush tropical setting. Open daily from 08.00 AM to 18.00 PM.
Pasar Burung (Bird Market)
It is located at Jalan Pramuka with its amazing array of colorful, tropical birds, including the unique “Perkutut” songbird, the pride of Javanese people.

Pulau Seribu (Thousand Island)
There are 140 islands scattered across the Java Sea to the north of Jakarta offer a heaven away from the bustle of city life. Golden beaches fringed with coconut palms lien the sea; surrounding waters are paradise for snorkelers and scuba divers. This area can be reached from Marina Ancol, Tanjung Priok and Fish Market by ferry of chartered boat. Bungalows, restaurants, diving and sailing facilities are available.

Maritime Museum
Two of the original warehouses from the first trading post of the Dutch East Indies Company in Java now house the Maritime Museum. Exhibits include large models of boats from various islands. The old harbormaster’s tower stand nearby. Open from 08.00 AM till 14.00 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. On Friday closed at 11.00 PM an don Saturday at 13.00 PM. It closed on Monday.

The Shoppers Paradise
Hunt some good quality batik at Sarinah and the selection of shopping outside of the ordinary in Jalan Surabaya, Mangga Dua and many International Trade Center (ITC) offer than 10,000 kiosks and shop selling everything from fashions, accessories, gift, home appliances, etc at lower prices.

The Textile Museum
It is an interesting place to see numerous kinds of Indonesian textiles and learn how to make Batik.

Fathillah Museum
The Jakarta Museum of History on Taman Fatahillah Square in the heart of old Batavia is housed in the beautifully restored 18th century Dutch town hall or Stadhius.

The Wayang Museum.
It is located on the western side of Taman Fatahillah in “The Old Town” areas has the finest displays of wayang (puppets) in Indonesia including puppets from all part of Indoneisa and other part of Southeast Asia as well. The wooden and leather puppets displayed here, represent the finest craftsmanship in this particular form of traditional theatre. The museum also shows shortened performances of the puppet leather every Sunday morning.

The National Monument (Monas).
Its is the 127-meter tall table marble obelisk is topped with a flame coated with 35 kg of gold, and represent the people’s determination to achieve freedom. It is located in front of the Presidential palace and opens to the public. and elevator carries visitors to the top, offering a bird’s eye view across the city to the sea.

Jakarta Bay City.Ancol is Jakarta largest and most popular recreation park. Its extensive range of attractions include sea and “Sea World” the fresh-water aquariums, swimming pools, and artificial lagoon for fishing and boating, a blowling alley, as wel as an assortment of night club restaurant, and massage parlors. The complex include a Marina “Dufan” Dunia Fantasi (Fantasy World), a golf course, hotels and 4-dimension theater. The “Pasar Seni” or art market has a varied collection of Indonesian handicraft, paintings and souvenirs on sale. An open-air theatre features live performances by local artist. Open daily from 02.00 PM to 21.00 PM and Sunday an holiday from 10.00 AM till 21.00.

 

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