TRAVEL INFORMATION

  • 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 center of economy, culture and politics of Indonesia with a population of more than ten million as of 2014. Jakarta is nicknamed the "Big Durian", the thorny strongly-odored fruit native to the region, as the city is seen as the Indonesian equivalent of New York (Big Apple).
  • The Best Attractions in Jakarta
  • 1. The National Monument
  • It is one of the top Jakarta points of interest. This 132-meter high structure was built to pay homage to the struggle of Independence. You can either enjoy the view of this amazing piece of architecture from the ground or you can climb all the way to the top and enjoy the stunning view of the city. The national monument holds a special place in the heart of the people of Indonesia.
  • 2. Istiqlal Mosque
  • Constructed in 1978, the Istiqlal Mosque is the largest Mosque in Southeast Asia. If you are planning a trip to Indonesia, this is one of the best Jakarta places to visit. The mosque has the capacity of 200,000 people. It has an amazing courtyard with designer marble and decorative minarets. The interiors of the mosque have decorative Islamic designs.
  • 3. Thousand Islands
  • Looking for a break from Jakarta's fast life- Then a thousand Islands are best suited for you. Located on the north coast of the city these islands will give you an opportunity to feel closer to nature. Though one of the underrated places in Jakarta, here you will come across a number of amazing resorts, restaurants and secluded golden beaches with a breathtaking view.
  • 4. Jakarta Cathedral
  • It was built in 1901 and it serves as the seat of the Roman Catholic establishment since the beginning. The front side of the church has some amazing Roman decorations and stunning white spires. The interiors give a glimpse of European cathedrals and offer a very different view of the religion in the country. The Catholic roots of the country get a fresh breath of air in this cathedral. All in all, the awesome architecture and peaceful aura of this church are sure to calm your souls.
  • 5. Menteng Flea Market
  • Since shopping is among the main pastimes in Jakarta for tourists as well as locals, you’ll surely find some great handmade crafts and merchandise to take home from this city. The flea market in Menteng is among the best places to visit in Jakarta in one day where you’ll be spoilt for choice with an array of products like Indonesian arts and crafts, unique textiles, eye-catching antiques, and delicious snack items. Some of the signature handicrafts you’ll find here include ornate wood carvings and vinyl records.
  • 6. Setu Babakan
  • Setu Babakan or the Babakan Lake is a natural lake in Jakarta. The term Set or Situ means a ‘small lake’. The Lake is located at the center of Betawi Culture Village. The village was constituted to preserve the cultural heritage of the indigenous Betawi culture of Indonesia. Setu Babakan covers an area of 289 acres that consists of two lakes, namely – Setu Babakan and Set Mangga Bolong. The lake draws water from the Ciliwung River and is spread over an area of 32 hectares. Setu Babakan lake is the major water source to the Betawi community settled around it, who use it for fish farming. You can enjoy rafting, boating, and fishing here.
  • 7. Ancol Beach City
  • Located just 12 Km from the city, Ancol beach is closest to Jakarta. It is also the only beach that you can reach without a boat. Ancol beach is a popular spot for a weekend getaway. Ancol Beach City is a grand shopping and leisure complex in Jakarta that consists of malls, restaurants, auditoriums and adventure zones. They host various water sports, including jet ski, Ancol cruise, and boating, at Ancol Beach.
  • 8. Ragunan Zoo
  • Wildlife and nature lovers must head to the Ragunan Zoo which is spread over a whopping 185 hectares of land and boasts of over 3,600 species unlike other zoos around the world. Some of the fauna that you can spot here include orangutans and Komodo Dragons. Among the best places to visit near Jakarta, the zoo is also home to animals from other parts of the world, as well as some indigenous flowers and plants that are sure to bewitch you with their beauty! Just make sure you put on plenty of insect repellent before you set foot in this zoo!
  • 9. Merdeka Palace
  • One of the six presidential palaces in Indonesia, Merdeka Palace is the official residence of the President of the Republic of Indonesia. The lavish palace was built in 1879 and was home to Dutch governors before Indonesia gained independence. Admire the tall columns and intricate facade, the very attributes of neoclassical architecture.
  • 10. Kota Tua
  • To enjoy Jakarta sightseeing to the fullest, you must not miss out on Kota Tua from your itinerary. It is a neighborhood that comprises of downtown Jakarta. Admire the Dutch-style architectures that date back to the 17th century. Glodok is also a part of Kota Tua only. So, make sure you visit that too if you are coming down here anyway. If you are a history buff, then you are going to love coming here.