The real reason behind why a place is unique and deserves to be explored is always different. Here is our feature on Top 10 things to do in Jakarta, and make the most out of trip to J-Town. Jakarta is a unique city and there are a lot of special things to be discovered.
Monas – The National Monument
A place worth visiting, Monas is an icon of the city of Jakarta as well as a symbol of the struggle of Indonesia. In the area near Monas, you can also find The National History Museum, and check out the many dioramas that depict the history of Indonesia.
The monument and the museum are located in central Jakarta, and are open daily from 08.00 – 15.00 throughout the week except for the last Monday of each month when the monument is closed.
Visit TMII – Taman Mini Indonesia Indah
TMII, the Taman Mini Indonesia Indah literary translates to the ‘Beautiful Indonesia Miniature Park’. This park is located in the eastern part of the city and is a very interesting place to visit to learn more about Indonesian culture as this place is practically a miniature Indonesia. Riding a cable car in TMII is quite the experience, with scenery that can be seen from above, the whole ride is quite rewarding. There is also a pool with a decorative map of Indonesia. Besides the pavilions of each province of Indonesia there are also many museums in the TMII area worth visiting.
Go to the beach – Ancol
Ancol beach could be an option where you can sit back and enjoy the sunset while you sit in a cafe after visiting Dufan. If you love photography, photographing around Ancol is quite exciting as well.
Amusement Park – Dufan
Dufan or Dunia Fantasi is the biggest amusement park in Indonesia, where playing around for a full day offers you a short getaway from the busyness of Jakarta. However, you should avoid going there on the weekends as it is ridiculously busy.
The Istiqlal Mosque and the Jakarta Cathedral
Istiqlal is the largest mosque in Indonesia, and is also claimed to be the largest in Southeast Asia as well. The Jakarta Cathedral, an amazing building made in a neogothic style, is located across the road from the Istiqlal Mosque. With their beautiful and charming architecture, many claim that these buildings are evidence of the tolerance and harmony that is something to be achieved in this life.
Stroll Jalan Surabaya
If you are a rather big fan of antique stuff, you should definitely spare an evening to walk down Surabaya Street. You can find a lot of stores that mostly sells antiques, but remember to be careful when you decide to buy something from here as not all things that seem to be antique are antique, and some of them are just newly produced as antiques.
Visit the Old Town, Sunda Kelapa Harbor and Cafe Batavia
Old Town or Old Batavia has a very strong historical value, but unfortunately, most of the buildings in the Old Town are not very well preserved leading them to fall into disrepair. Around the Old Town you can find several interesting museums that are worth a visit. The Jakarta History Museum (Fatahillah Museum), Museum of Fine Art and Ceramic as well as the Puppet Museum can all be found around Batavia. You could try and explore around the area of the old town by renting an old-fashioned bike and you could cycle around the area to the Sunda Kelapa harbor. Afterwards you can relax, eat and drink at Cafe Batavia, a restaurant that serves good coffee and has an interesting design and history.
Enjoy the nightlife
Jakarta is often called the “city that never sleeps” and has a charm of its own once the sun sets. The city’s skyline with millions of lights looks beautiful and the nightclubs and bars seldom see a slow day.
Visit various museums, including the Kite museum
Besides the National History museum, all the museums in the TMII area and all the museums in Old Town, Jakarta still has a lot more museums to see! There is the Jakarta Textile museum, Bank Indonesia museum, Proclamation museum, Maritime museum as well as the unique Kite Museum.
Go to the malls
How many malls are there in Jakarta? The answer is “Too many”! Malls are a great way for you to shop, eat, relax, party, bowl, etc. all at one place. You could shop for souvenirs or you could visit the various clubs, or just relax and spend some time reveling in the modern culture of Jakarta.