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Outdoor ActivitiesDespite the chaos and congestion of Jakarta, there is a large array of venues and activities catering to children (or the kid in all of us). Decent amusement parks, nature preserves, zoos and other fun spots can be found all over the city, providing plenty of options if you bring the kids along.
Indonesia’s capital has a vast array of cultural activities reflecting its long and colourful history as a trading port. From European colonisation to the rise of independence, there are some excellent museums, historic districts and performance venues which offer as much immersion in the city’s history as you like. Indonesia has a fascinating culture, and Jakarta is one of the best cities in the country to experience it.
Sunda Kelapa Harbour
Taman Mini Indonesia Indah
There isn’t a great deal of outdoor activity on offer in Jakarta, with most of the outdoor activities revolving around the sea and the beach. The northern part of the city is regarded as the place to go for recreation, particularly the Ancol Dreamland complex, which is a beach resort, amusement park, golf course, handicraft market and aquarium rolled into one. The Ancol Marina is the jumping off point for excursions to the Thousand Islands region in Jakarta Bay.
Jakarta is vibrant, friendly, with a fervent spirit and a lively outlook. Culture, style, history, adventure and sports are just a few of the elements of the city’s enticing persona. Getting to know Jakarta is opening the door to an amazing world of benefits. So, let’s take a quick tour around town, and experience some of the city’s best features.
As Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta is the cultural centre of this diverse and populous nation. There are dozens of attractions worth checking out in the city, but most visitors start their explorations in the old Dutch enclave of Batavia, which retains a decent level of colonial charisma. Fortunately for visitors, many of the tourist highlights are concentrated in the central district of the city. Each district has its own merits, from the historic Kota neighbourhood to the old port area of Sunda Kelapa. Monuments, museums, mosques and temples can be found everywhere you look, offering days of exploration for those hardy enough to brave the traffic, pollution and heat.
This stately national mosque is Southeast Asia’s largest mosque and positioned on the corner of Merdeka Square. About 90% of the Indonesia people are Moslems. You may experience the amplified chanting from the Istiqlal minaret, echoed by hundreds of other smaller mosques throughout the city to call Jakarta’s citizen to pray five times a day.
The old port area of Sunda Kelapa remains a busting hub for those involved in the vibrant interisland trade, along with being center og activity for fresh fish auctionerrs. Graceful Bugis Phinisi Schooners, the world’s last Wind-Powered Sailing Fleet used for trade, still berth at the quay as they have for centuries. Recieving and shipping out a wide range of the island bounty. Best visited the early morning.
Taman Ismail Marzuki Arts Centre
Pasar Ikan (Fish Market)
Taman Fatahillah (Fatahillah Square)
Gedung Kesenian Jakarta (Jakarta Art Theatre)
Pasar Seni (Art Market)
Jalan Surabaya (Surabaya Street)
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Catch a ride on an Indonesian train for an experience you won’t forget. The Kota Train Station is a classic example of contemporary colonial architecture dating from the 1930s. The train depot blends in perfectly with the surrounding architecture and still functions as a working train station, with thousands of locals using the trains to get to and from the capital. Although the trains in Jakarta are reliably crowded and chaotic, a short jaunt into the countryside or along the coast can leave you with some great memories. Located on Jalan Stasiun in Kota. Phone: +62 21 386 0934.
Discover the wonders of Indonesian flora at the impressive Bogor Botanical Gardens. Officially opened in 1817, these gardens are among the oldest in all of Asia and offer a rare glimpse at some 17,000 different species of local plants. Many rare orchids and other unique plants are contained within the 87 hectare grounds. If you have any interest in gardening, you won’t want to miss this amazing spectacle.
Escape to the Thousand Islands. For a dose of tropical island splendor, visitors can catch a boat to any of the 120 islands from the Ancol Marina for a daytrip or longer. The coral reefs which surround nearly every island are excellent for snorkelling or swimming, and the beaches are among the best around the capital. Located in Jakarta Bay.
Search for priceless gemstones at Pasar Rawabeing. If you are a fan of gems, rare rocks and other geological wonders, you won’t want to miss a browse through Jakarta’s best stone market, where semiprecious and precious gemstones are the main attraction. Like all markets, the quality ranges, with both rip-offs and real beauties. At the far end of the market is an area that sells Indonesian antiques such as jewel-encrusted ceremonial kris daggers and the like. Located on Jalan Bekasi Barat Raya. Phone: +62 21 819 7059.
See the entire country compressed into one place at the Taman Mini Indonesia Indah. This ambitious cultural endeavor attempts to recreate the living environments of all 27 of the country’s provinces through reconstructed buildings and displays of local arts and crafts. Cable cars and shuttles help visitors get around the 100 hectare compound. Cultural performances are hosted daily, making this the ideal one-stop cultural immersion destination. Located on Jalan Raya Pondok Gede. Phone: +62 21 840 9214.
Soak in the old Dutch colonial ambiance at Fatahillah Park. The main square in the Batavia district was once the hub of social life in Batavia when the Dutch were in power. Today, it still has all its former charm and provides a pleasant hangout spot for locals and tourists taking a break from exploring the old district of Jakarta. Occasionally, special events or festivals are held in the square. Located on Jalan Pintu Besar Utara in Kota. Phone: +62 21 315 4094.
Step back in time with a visit to Jatinegara Meester Cornelis. If you have time to make one excursion out of the city, this charming Dutch colonial town on the eastern fringe of Jakarta has a wonderfully antiquated feel to it. The local produce market, gemstone bazaar and temples from every religion imaginable complement the residential villages which ring the commercial heart of the town. Located on Jalan Jatinegara Barat in East Jakarta.