Jakarta is a colorful city, attracting visitors by its opposite features. In addition to the skyscrapers, many shopping malls and bustling food streets, it is the ancient, charming mosque of ancient Jakarta and Old Town.
Monas – National Monument
Monas Jakarta is a famous symbol of Indonesia that you can not ignore during your trip. The best time to visit the monument is at dusk, as the sun rises slowly from the top of the monument and disappears on the horizon. In addition to the monuments, you can also find the National History Museum in the area around Monas. In this museum there are many precious documents about the history of Indonesia.
The monument and the museum are open daily from 08:00 to 15:00 on all days of the week except for the last week of the month for cleaning and maintenance.
Taman Mini Indonesia Indah
Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, also known as TMII, is Jakarta’s largest amusement park. TMII is like a miniature world of Indonesia, where tourists can learn about culture, arts, traditional crafts and a lot of exciting games. TMII Park is a complex of Fantasy World, Atlantis Water Adventure, Ocean Dream Samudra, Seaworld and Art Market (display and selling handicrafts from all over the country). Besides, there are art galleries, golf courses, outdoor playgrounds … open 24 hours a day.
Istiqlal is the largest Islam mosque in Indonesia, located next to Merdeka Square, built to commemorate the Independence Day of Indonesia (Istiqlal in Arabic means Independence). The building was built in the style of Tan Gotich and was dubbed the Taj Mahal standing opposite the Sagrada Familia. In the belief of the indigenous people, this mosque has a very important meaning, which corresponds to tolerance, harmony and desire for the good in life.
Stroll Jalan Surabaya
Jalan Surabaya is the famous old town of Jakarta. Surabaya specializes in selling antique for tourists to visit and shop. However, you should be careful when buying furniture here, as some brick-and-mortar owners mix fake goods with real goods to make a profit.
The Old Town and Old Batavia are the two oldest neighborhoods in Jakarta. Around the Old Town, there are a number of popular museums such as the Jakarta History Museum (Fatahillah Museum), the Museum of Fine Arts and Pottery … The Batavia area has a Puppet Museum – one of its kinds performing art form of Asia. You can rent a bike (costs about $ 3) to explore Sunda Kelapa harbor. Then you can relax, eat at Cafe Batavia.
There are many cafes, restaurants and bars in Jakarta. Lara Djongrang, CIK Di restaurant are two traditional Indonesian food stores. If you do not like the food of the Muslims, you can find many different in Jakarta such as Indian food, Greek food, Italians, Lebanese and more.
Green Park City
Although there are many skyscrapers, Jakarta is called the city of the park, the green city by the area covered by trees up to nearly 70%. The two most famous parks are Lembang Park and Suropati Park. In the early morning or late afternoon, you can find locals jogging or strolling around the park.
Lively Jakarta nightlife
Jakarta is often called “the city that never sleeps”. It seems that the world of day and night in Jakarta has a complete opposite. If by day, the city is crowded and somewhat sloppy, the night is the time to dress with a set of clothes with millions of colorful shimmering lights and hundreds of bars, restaurants and shopping centers, shopping activities run relentlessly.
Free public transportation on Sundays
If you want to visit Jakarta on Sundays, there is a free bus for you (CFD) on Sudirman-Thamrin Road. The car runs from 6: 00-12: 00. This will be a very enjoyable experience for visitors wishing to visit Sudirman and Thamrin Streets.