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Jakarta, officially the Special Capital Region of Jakarta, is the capital and largest city of Indonesia. Situated on the northwest coast of the world's most populous island of Java, it is the centre of economy, culture and politics of Indonesia with a population of more than ten million as of 2014.

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1 - Jakarta History Museum

   7 km away

The Jakarta History Museum, also known as Fatahillah Museum or Batavia Museum, is located in the Old Town of Jakarta, Indonesia. The building was built in 1710 as the Stadhuis of Batavia.

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2 - National Monument

The National Monument is a 132 m obelisk in the centre of Merdeka Square, Central Jakarta, symbolizing the fight for Indonesia. It is the national monument of the Republic of Indonesia, built to commemorate the struggle for Indonesian independence. Construction began in 1961 under the direction of President Sukarno. Monas was opened to the public in 1975. It is topped by a flame covered with gold foil.

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3 - Shore Excursions in Jakarta

Jakarta is great place to learn more about Indonesia’s complicated history, variety of culture and unique heritage of Indonesia. There are many historical places that prove that Indonesia’s great history took place in Jakarta. The historical tour presents the uniqueness of Jakarta City with various kinds of history, culture and tradition.

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4 - Jakarta Selatan

   10 km away

South Jakarta is one of the five administrative cities which form Special Capital Region of Jakarta, Indonesia. South Jakarta is not self-governed and does not have a city council, hence it is not classified as a proper municipality.

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5 - Senayan

   6 km away

Senayan City is a mixed-use development located in Senayan area, South Jakarta, Indonesia. The complex comprises a seven-floor high end shopping mall, an office tower, an apartment tower, and a five-star hotel operated by Sofitel.

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6 - Culinary Tour in Jakarta

Jakarta was initially known as Batavia back in the Dutch colonial era. In Jakarta, there is a special district, which has the most powerful history of Batavia, called Kota Tua. The popularity of Kota Tua has gone up due to its lovely location and the many heritage buildings. In which, some of the historical buildings and monuments showcase the beauty of old Jakarta that would make one’s thought wanders to the past. Same goes to the city’s multitude legendary dishes that truly reflect Batavia’s long and immense stories. Monday to Sunday 8.30am to 12.30pm

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7 - Pelabuhan Sunda Kelapa

   6 km away

Jakarta, officially the Special Capital Region of Jakarta, is the capital and largest city of Indonesia. On the northwest coast of the world's most-populous island of Java, it is the centre of economy, culture and politics of Indonesia with a population of 10,770,487 in the city as of 2020.

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8 - Istiqlal Mosque

Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia is the largest mosque in Southeast Asia and the sixth largest mosque in the world in terms of worshipper capacity.

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9 - Archaeology Tours in Jakarta

A Full day scenic-sightseeing tour to Bandung, the capital of West Java Province and the Indonesia’s third largest city. Discover historical and culture value of Bandung as the capital city of Asian-African conference and also known as the Paris Van Java because of its beauty.

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10 - Jatinegara

   9 km away

Jatinegara is one of the districts of East Jakarta, Indonesia. The name also refers to the larger, historic area of the colonial town of Meester Cornelis.

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11 - Ancol

Ancol is a coastal lowland area located to the east of Kota Tua Jakarta in northern Jakarta, in Indonesia. The coastal lowland stretched from Kota Tua Jakarta to the west and Tanjung Priok to the east.

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12 - Safaris in Jakarta

For those of you who like adventure to see the animals in their natural habitat, and see the attractions of animals that have been professionally trained. we will also enjoy the cool and fresh mountain air while enjoying roasted corn and traditional drinks.

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13 - Selamat Datang Monument

Selamat Datang Monument, also known as the Monumen Bundaran HI or Monumen Bunderan HI, is a monument located in Central Jakarta, Indonesia. Completed in 1962 by sculptor Edhi Sunarso, the Selamat Datang Monument is one of the historic landmarks of Jakarta.

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14 - Jakarta Cathedral

Jakarta Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Jakarta, Indonesia, which is also the seat of the Roman Catholic archbishop of Jakarta, currently Archbishop Ignatius Suharyo Hardjoatmodjo.

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15 - Ragunan Zoo

   12 km away

Ragunan Zoo is a zoo located in Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta, Indonesia. The zoo has an area of 140-hectare. The zoo has an aviary and a primate centre, and employs over 450 people.

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16 - Taman Wisata Alam Mangrove

   12 km away

West Bali National Park is a national park located in Buleleng Regency, Bali, Indonesia. The park covers around 190 square kilometres, of which are 158 square kilometres land and the remainder is sea. This is approximately 3% of Bali's total land area.

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17 - Gili Lawadarat

   12 km away
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18 - RT.5/RW.5

   15 km away

Kebumen is a town on the island of Java, Indonesia and is the administrative centre of Kebumen Regency, in Central Java Province. It is also the name of the main town of the district of Kebumen. The population of the town at the 2010 Census was 118,847, while the 2020 Census gave a total of 131,750. Kebumen has other names - "Swallow City", "City Tours", and "the city of culture".

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19 - Taman Mini Indonesia Indah

   16 km away

Taman Mini "Indonesia Indah" is a culture-based recreational area located in East Jakarta, Indonesia. Since July 2021, it is operated by the Government of Indonesia through the PT Taman Wisata Candi Borobudur, Prambanan, dan Ratu Boko; it was formerly operated by Yayasan Harapan Kita, a foundation established by Siti Hartinah, the first lady during most of the New Order and wife of Suharto, and run by Suharto's descendants since his death.

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20 - Bekasi

   21 km away

Bekasi Regency is a regency of West Java Province, Indonesia. Its regency seat is in the district of Central Cikarang. It is bordered by Jakarta and by Bekasi City to the west, by Bogor Regency to the south, and by Karawang Regency to the east.

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21 - Depok

   26 km away

Cinere is a district of the city of Depok, West Java, Indonesia. It has a population of 113,716. Cinere borders with he northern part borders the Pangkalan Jati sub-district, the western part borders the Pondok Cabe Tangsel City Banten Province, the southern part borders the Limo Sub-district and the eastern side borders the Gandul Sub-district.

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22 - Pagedangan

   26 km away
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23 - Bojong Gede

   34 km away

Bojong Gede is a district in the Bogor Regency, West Java, Indonesia. It is a suburb to Jakarta, and can also be considered as part of its metropolitan region, Greater Jakarta.

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24 - Cikarang

   41 km away

Cikarang is a town serving the seat of Bekasi Regency, West Java, Indonesia. The biggest industrial estate in Southeast Asia, Kota Jababeka is located there.

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Why should you visit Jakarta ?

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How to visit Jakarta ?

Why traveling there?

Jakarta, the bustling capital city of Indonesia, is a melting pot of cultures and a vibrant destination filled with historical landmarks, diverse cuisine, and bustling markets. Travelers can experience a unique blend of traditional and modern attractions, making it an ideal destination for those looking to explore Southeast Asia's rich history and contemporary charm.

How to get there?

The most convenient way to reach Jakarta is by air, with the city's main airport, Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK), serving numerous international and domestic flights. From the airport, you can take the airport train (Railink) or a taxi to the city center. Alternatively, you can also reach Jakarta by train from other major cities in Java, like Bandung or Yogyakarta.

What to book in advance?

To make the most of your trip to Jakarta, it is advisable to book your accommodation and transportation in advance, particularly during peak travel seasons. If you're interested in visiting popular attractions such as the National Monument (Monas) or Istiqlal Mosque, booking guided tours can be helpful for better insights into their history and significance.

What are the costs?

Jakarta can cater to various budgets, from affordable street food to luxury dining and accommodation options. A meal at a local restaurant may cost around IDR 30,000-50,000, while a more upscale dining experience can range from IDR 200,000-400,000 per person. For accommodation, budget hotels can start at IDR 200,000 per night, while mid-range hotels and luxury options can range from IDR 500,000 to over IDR 2,000,000 per night.

What are the best things to do?

Some of the top attractions in Jakarta include visiting the National Museum, exploring Kota Tua (Old Town), and shopping at the sprawling Grand Indonesia mall. Don't miss the chance to visit the Thousand Islands (Kepulauan Seribu), a group of islands off the coast of Jakarta, perfect for a day trip or weekend getaway.

Where to eat?

1. Sate Khas Senayan: A popular Indonesian restaurant serving traditional dishes like satay, nasi goreng, and gado-gado.
2. Lara Djonggrang: An upscale dining experience offering a wide range of Indonesian cuisine in a unique and atmospheric setting.
3. Gado Gado Boplo: A local favorite for its namesake dish, gado-gado, a traditional Indonesian salad with peanut sauce.

Where to stay?

1. The Hermitage: A luxury hotel located in the heart of Jakarta, offering a blend of colonial charm and modern amenities.
2. Kosenda Hotel: A stylish boutique hotel with a contemporary design, located close to the city's main attractions.
3. Six Degrees Backpackers Hostel: A budget-friendly option with a lively atmosphere, offering dorms and private rooms.

Off the beaten path:

For an unusual and immersive experience, head to the hidden Kampung Batik Palbatu, a traditional batik-making village located in East Jakarta. Here, you can observe local artisans creating intricate batik designs on fabric and even try your hand at the craft. This lesser-known destination offers a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of Indonesia, away from the bustling city center.

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The capital of Indonesia

Discover a sprawling city on the island of Java, where heat, noise, fury, and hustle and bustle are combined. The "Big Durian", as the locals call it, is home to more than ten million inhabitants and concentrates all the economic and social disparities of Indonesia. With its sumptuous business districts, varied museums, poor neighborhoods, and giant mosques, Jakarta is a megalopolis with many faces, oscillating between tradition and modernity. Home to millions of people from all over the world, the city is a mixture of languages and cultures, poverty and wealth. The city boasts some of the best nightlife in Asia but also some of the worst traffic.

Visiting Jakarta 

Take time to wander through the urban jungle, discover its colonial heritage and sample its street food. Discover the history of the city and admire the great Istiqlal Mosque.
To escape the city's pollution, enjoy a moment of relaxation at Ancol Dreamland, a park that offers water attractions, beaches, golf courses, and a SeaWorld.

Not to be missed in Jakarta

If you don't want to miss anything, you can start in the Kota Tua (meaning old town) district. A city apart in the giant megalopolis, it combines the buzzing streets of Glodok Chinatown with the remnants of Kota's Dutch colonial past. In Chinatown, stroll through Jakarta's oldest Chinese houses, browse the traditional market, and admire the Chinese calligraphy artisans.

Also in the historic heart of the city, you will find Fatahillah Square and the Fatahillah Museum. The Fatahillah Museum is housed in the former Dutch colonial town hall, and inside are rooms that tell the story of the city. Also in the museum category are the Wayang Museum and the National Museum of Indonesia.

Frequently Asked Questions by Travelers planning a trip to Jakarta

What are the best areas to stay in Jakarta ?

The historic district of Kota Tua is an ideal place to stay. 
Alternatively, to the northeast of the modern city center, the Ancol district is another prime location for accommodation in Jakarta. It is home to a large waterfront amusement park, Ancol Dreamland. This area has a giant oceanarium, a large water park, a lagoon for fishing and boating, a convention hall and hotels, and a theme park called 'Dunia Fantasi'.
You can also easily find a hotel in the areas around Jaksa Jalan which are the most touristic areas. 

With its tropical climate, Jakarta has only two seasons: the rainy season between October and April and the dry season between late April and September. The best time to visit Jakarta is outside the rainy season. During this period, especially in January, it rains almost every day. The rains can be torrential and a mackintosh is essential.
However, beware of sunburn as temperatures are high during the dry season. 

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