Things to do in Jakarta

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Jakarta Attractions

One of the largest cities on Earth, the sprawling coastal metropolis of Jakarta is home to a staggering 10 million people. The burgeoning population of this Indonesian city on the island of Java is comprised of a wide range of nationalities and as such, the culture here is extremely diverse. Head to Jakarta’s fantasy world theme park, sample the unique local cuisines on offer in its eateries and from its street vendors, or visit Jakarta’s many landmarks from the Istiqlal mosque to the magnificent sapphire coastline.

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National Monument — The staggering 132-metre high Indonesian National Monument was opened in 1975 to celebrate Indonesia’s independence from Dutch colonial rule. The observation deck offers astounding views across the skyline, which includes Indonesia’s tallest skyscraper. The striking gardens beneath host regular festivals and events.

Batavia — The old town district of Jakarta offers a vanishing hint of the city as it must have appeared during Dutch occupation in the 17th and 18th centuries. While some buildings crumble into dilapidated charm, others have been revitalised and now house institutions such as the Jakarta History Museum.

Menteng — With literally hundreds of street vendors selling food in Jakarta, you’ll have no problem find something to get your mouth watering. However, the food market held every night in the main park at Menteng offers some particular specialities. You’ll also find the Kunstkring Art Gallery here, which has an excellent restaurant on the ground floor.

Thousand Islands — Even in a city the size Jakarta, Indonesia’s natural splendour is never too far away. Located off the coast are thousands of islands of various sizes. Some offer scuba diving and snorkelling, while all promise a little peace and quiet from the hectic pace of life of this non-stop metropolis.

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From the neo-Gothic Jakarta Cathedral to Indonesia’s tallest building, the 250-metre high Wisma 46 skyscraper, the buildings here will constantly have you looking to the skies. To see it all, why not book a private tour of the city and the Indonesia Mini Park, a recreation park that encapsulates the entirety of Indonesian culture in one setting? This is definitely a great way to pack as much in as you can.

Things to Do in Jakarta

Wander through authentic bustling Chinese market stalls, sampling some fantastic cuisine along the way, with a small group tour of Jakarta’s Chinatown district. While Jakarta’s endless number of districts are replete with things to do, if you want a break from the wild pace of life, book a private tour to the Bogor Botanical Garden and Puncak. Just don’t be fooled by the name – this is no twee country garden. In true Indonesian style, Bogor is on the larger end of the scale. And as for Puncak, well, this mountain pass offers verdant tropical countryside the likes of which you will probably never have seen before.

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1. Taman Mini Indonesia Indah

Experience the many facets of Indonesian culture all in one place at Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (Beautiful Indonesia Miniature Park). This 250-acre (100-hectare) entertainment and recreational park provides a compact version of the nation’s architecture, geography, lifestyles and traditions. Taman Mini Indonesia Indah also has amusement attractions, museums, theaters and restaurants.
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Discover the captivating diversity of the Indonesian archipelago at the typical houses, museums and gardens of this all-encompassing theme park.

2. Bundaran Hi

Bundaran HI (Selamat Datang Monument) is a striking landmark that dominates Jakarta’s skyline. It’s also a popular social gathering point and a site for passive demonstrations. Unveiled in 1962, Bundaran HI served to welcome the sportspeople who competed in the Asian Games IV. It was one of several projects commissioned to improve and beautify Jakarta in advance of hosting the games. Today enjoy the warm hospitality offered by the city to its millions of visitors.
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In the heart of downtown Jakarta is this grand monument, which symbolizes the city’s openness in welcoming visitors from home and abroad.

3. National Monument

Experience one of Indonesia’s greatest historical sites, Jakarta’s awe-inspiring National Monument. Learn about the country’s struggle for independence by visiting two fascinating museums and see a collection of some of Indonesia’s finest flora in the surrounding gardens. Make sure you enjoy incredible views of this vast city by taking the elevator to the observation deck.
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Standing high above the city skyline, this giant sculpture boasts superb views and some of the most important documents in Indonesia’s history.

4. Jakarta History Museum

Get insight into a range of topics, from colonial times in Jakarta to Indonesia in prehistoric eras, when you visit the Jakarta History Museum. Admire the stylish Dutch architecture and imagine the building in times gone by when it served as the city hall to the colonizing Dutch.
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Indonesia’s rich history and one of the country’s finest examples of Dutch colonial architecture combine in this fascinating museum.

5. Grand Indonesia Shopping Mall

Grand Indonesia Shopping Mall is an enormous shopping center, featuring over 200 stores and more than 100 bars, cafés and restaurants. Browse the shops of high-end fashion labels and popular luxury chains. Dine at innovative restaurants, drink at a microbrewery and have fun at entertainment attractions. Grand Indonesia Shopping Mall forms part of the Grand Indonesia Shopping Town, a commercial and residential complex spread across two buildings, connected by a multi-tier bridge.
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Shop at wide-ranging retail outlets, dine on local delicacies and enjoy family-friendly entertainment at this huge mall in downtown Jakarta.

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