With so many of my close blogger friends travelling around Indonesia lately, I can’t help but look back on the incredible few weeks I had there a few years ago. While the beaches of Bali and the Gili Islands were phenomenal, there is so much more to Indonesia that pristine beaches. Take Jakarta, for example, a city that is often overlooked for smaller cities and an island vibe.
I hope this article can give you a taste of the good side of Indonesia’s capital, a city that is extremely rich in cultural diversity. Jakarta is a busy and vibrant city, chaotic at times, but still unique in its own way. So no matter what time of the year you wish to travel, you will find something special all the year round. If you do plan to visit, and are unsure what to pack, here’s a great guide on what to wear in Indonesia.
Here’s my tips for a few of the best attractions in Jakarta should you find yourself visiting for a few days.
Top 7 attractions in Jakarta
1. The National Museum
To see the sights and sounds of Jakarta, the iconic National Museum is the best place to start. Monas, as it is referred to, is the centre of performing arts,sporting events and cultural festivals which are organised from time to time, and are open to the general public. The Museum portion houses a rich collection of historic Indonesian artifacts and other archaeological objects. With the gold plated peak shining at night, it truly presents a pretty picture after dark as well.
2. Taman Mini Indonesia Indah
This is by far the most appealing attraction of the city, as it allows you to take in the wonders of the entire country in a single day.This cultural park presents the ethnic traditions in permanent exhibits showcasing all the 33 provinces. Depicting buildings and landscapes from Sabang to Merauke, across the country, TMII also has an IMax theatre and a museum.
Another top tourist destination in the city, the Kota district has it’s own distinct Dutch flavour and other attractions. With great eateries, set amidst old surroundings, Kota presents an ideal getaway to walk around and from the hustle and bustle of Jakarta. Standing as a relic of Jakarta’s colonial past, the town though a bit rundown, still boasts of beautiful buildings, a reminiscent of the Dutch era.
4. Ragunan zoo
The first zoo if Indonesia, Ragunan was established way back in 1800s and officially named as a wildlife area in 1966. Spread over an area of 140 hectares, the zoo is home to nearly 300 species of animals, including the indigenous komodo dragon and Java tigers. The zoo is located in the Ragunan, Pasar Minggu, south of Jakarta.
Ancol is the gateway to the scenic Thousand Islands region and an entertainment centre in its own right. Situated in Jakarta bay, just north of the city, Ancol can be easily accessed by any public transport. A cruise boat or ferry can be used to go around the harbour area. Among other things, it has a golf course, hotels,nightclubs, a theme park and swimming pools.
6. National Monument
Rising 420 feet above the city, the National Monument is another prominent landmark of Jakarta. Erected in the memory of the country attaining independence from the Dutch, the monument regularly organises festivals and concerts. It includes a museum and an observation deck.
7. Jembatan Pasar Ayam
This is the one and only remaining Dutch draw-bridge, standing on the Grand Canal. Though the bridge itself is no more in operation, it still stands as a photogenic and historic landmark separating the Dutch and the British forts.
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