Points of Interest in Jakarta

The National Monument (MONAS)

The National Monument (MONAS) has four place that can be visited. In the outer yard surrounding Monas there are reliefs of Indonesian history. The story begins in the northeastern corner and describes events during eras such as the Singhasari and Majapahit empires.  The Indonesian National History Museum has a display of dioramas in the large marble-lined hall below Monas. There are a total of 51 dioramas around the walls and in the centre of the hall. The dioramas begin in the northeastern corner, displaying the scenes from Indonesian history from the beginning during the earliest days of Prehistoric Indonesia, the construction of Borobudur, the Sriwijaya and Majapahit eras, followed with events from the period of European colonization and uprisings against Dutch East Indies Company and Dutch East Indies rule. The Hall of Independence (Indonesian: Ruang Kemerdekaan) is situated inside the goblet or "cup" part of Monas (Indonesian: Cawan). The hall, which contains various symbols of independence, can be reached through spiral stairs at the north and south doors. A lift on the southern side carries visitors to the viewing platform at a height of 115 metres above ground level.

Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII)

Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII) is a culture-based recreational area located in East Jakarta, Indonesia. It has an area of about 250 acres (1.0 km2). The park is a synopsis of Indonesian culture, with virtually all aspects of daily life in Indonesia's 34 provinces encapsulated in separate pavilions with the collections of rumah adat as the example of Indonesian vernacular architecture, clothing, dances and traditions are all depicted impeccably. Apart from that, there is a lake with a miniature of the archipelago in the middle of it, cable cars, museums, Keong Emas Imax cinema, a theater called the Theatre of My Homeland (Theater Tanah Airku) and other recreational facilities which make TMII one of the most popular tourist destinations in the city.

Ancol Dreamland

Ancol Dreamland, an amusement park in north Jakarta, Indonesia, is one of the most attractive places serving the densely populated city of Jakarta. Ancol Dreamland opened in 1966 and is currently the largest integrated tourism area in South East Asia, boasting an international championship golf course, a theme park, hotels and other recreational facilities. There are 27 rides at Fantasy World, 8 pools at Atlantis Water Adventure and 8 shows at Ocean Dream Samudra. It has all the adventures people crave for; Sea World, Fantasy World, Atlantis Water Adventure and Marina Beach. This is Jakarta's largest and most popular recreation park.It is built on reclaimed beach land at the Bay of Jakarta, having, sea and freshwater aquariums, swimming pools, an artificial lagoon for fishing, boating and bowling.

Istiqlal Mosque

Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia is the largest mosque in Southeast Asia . This national mosque of Indonesia was built to commemorate Indonesian independence and named "Istiqlal", an Arabic word for "independence". The mosque was opened to the public 22 February 1978. Within Jakarta, the mosque is positioned next to Merdeka Square and the Jakarta Cathedral. The mosque's designer was not Muslim, but a Christian - Frederick Silaban, an architect from Sumatra who had no experience designing mosques before, but who nonetheless won a competition held to decide the mosque's design. Silaban's design, while beautiful, has been criticized for not reflecting Indonesia's rich design traditions.

 The National Museum of Indonesia

The National Museum of Indonesia is an archeological, historical, ethnological, and geographicalmuseum located in Jalan Medan Merdeka Barat, Central Jakarta, right on the west side of Merdeka Square. Popularly known as the Elephant Building (Indonesian: Gedung Gajah) after the elephant statue in its forecourt. Its broad collections cover all of Indonesia's territory and almost all of its history. The museum has endeavoured to preserve Indonesia's heritage for two centuries. The museum is regarded as one of the most complete and the best in Indonesia, as well as one of the finest museum in Southeast Asia. The museum has preserved about 141,000 objects, ranged from prehistoric artifacts, to archeology, numismatics, ceramics, ethnography, history and geography collections. It has comprehensive collections of stone statues of classical Hindu-Buddhist period of ancient Java and Sumatra, as well as quite extensive collections of Asian ceramics.

Ragunan Zoo

Ragunan Zoo is a 140-hectare (350-acre) zoo located in Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta, Indonesia. It is a zoo that has an aviary and included a primate centre, and employs over 450 people. Many of the animals are endangered and threatened from all parts of Indonesia and the rest of the world. There are a total of 3,122 animal specimens including birds. Laid out in a lush tropical setting, rare animals such as crocodile, gorilla, orangutan, tapir, anoa, sumatran tiger, babirusa and peacocks are given ample room. When it is about the most favorite area, it is definitely the Schmutzer Primate Center. In fact, it becomes the biggest primate preservation on the planet and it keeps various primates like gorillas, chimpanzees, white apes, gibbons, etc. The Schmutzer Primate Centre was opened in 2002, within the Ragunan Zoo but privately funded and managed separately. It is one of the largest of such centers in the world.

Jakarta Old Town

Kota Tua (Jakarta Old Town) is a remainder of Old Batavia, the first walled settlement of the Dutch in Jakarta area. It was an inner walled city with its own Castle. The area gained importance during the 17th-19th century when it was established as the de facto capital of the Dutch East Indies.  Due to its historic atmosphere, Jakarta Old Town is suitable for walking around and jogging. That means visitors can take advantage of the nuance to find peace and eradicate stresses. They can explore the area and see numerous old buildings land museums. Some parts of it are used by local vendors to promote their items, as well. Another unique attraction in Jakarta Old Town is the presence of local artists, those who dress like a statue, soldiers, Dutch lady, and much more. They move around the area and often become an object for photography. Visitors are even allowed to take pictures with them, in fact. At the end of the adventure, tourists should enjoy local snacks called Kerak Telor.

The Wayang Museum

The Wayang Museum (Indonesian: Museum Wayang) is a museum dedicated to Javan wayang puppetry. The museum is located in Kota Tua, Jakarta, Indonesia. The museum has a collection of various kinds of wayang, such as the Javanese wayang kulit and Sundanese wayang golek. Inside the museum is the plate marking the tombstone of Jan Pieterszoon Coen. A wayang theater and a workshop of wayang-making are periodically organised in the museum.

The Jakarta History Museum (Fatahillah Museum)

The Jakarta History Museum (Indonesian: Museum Sejarah Jakarta), also known as Fatahillah Museum or Batavia Museum, is located in the Old Town (known as Kota Tua) of Jakarta, Indonesia. The building was built in 1710 as the Stadhuis (city hall) of Batavia. Jakarta History Museum opened in 1974 and displays objects from the prehistory period of the city region, the founding of Jayakarta in 1527, and the Dutch colonization period from the 16th century until Indonesia’s Independence in 1945. The building contains 37 ornate rooms. There are also some cells located beneath the front portico which were used as dungeons, which functioned until 1846. A Javanese freedom fighter Prince Diponegoro, who was treacherously arrested, was imprisoned here in 1830 before being banished to Manado, North Sulawesi.

Jakarta Cathedral

Jakarta Cathedral (Indonesian: Gereja Katedral Jakarta) 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. Its official name is Gereja Santa Perawan Maria Diangkat Ke Surga (from Dutch, De Kerk van Onze Lieve Vrouwe ten Hemelopneming, in English: The Church of Our Lady of Assumption). This current cathedral was consecrated in 1901 and built in the neo-gothic style, a common architectural style to build churches at that time. The Jakarta Cathedral is located in Central Jakarta near Merdeka Square and Merdeka Palace, it stands right in the front of the Istiqlal Mosque.

Bank Indonesia Museum

Bank Indonesia Museum (Indonesian Museum Bank Indonesia) is a bank museum located in Jakarta, Indonesia. It was founded by Bank Indonesia and opened on 21 July 2009. The museum is housed in a heritage building in Jakarta Old Town which had been the first headquarters of the Netherlands Indies gulden (De Javasche bank), the central bank of Dutch East Indies. The bank was nationalized as Bank Indonesia in 1953, after Indonesia gained its independence. The museum is designed to introduce the public Bank Indonesia's role on the Indonesian history, such as monetary policies and payment system that changes over time. The museum also provide visitors with audio and visual experience on the history of currencies and trade in Indonesia from pre-colonial era to the present state. It include eras such as the early spice-trading history, Dutch East India Company spice monopoly in the Indonesian archipelago, banking system of the Dutch East Indies, currencies under Japanese occupation and ended on the economic crisis of 1997.

The National Gallery of Indonesia

The National Gallery of Indonesia is a museum and an art gallery in Jakarta, Indonesia. The National Gallery of Indonesia has existed as a cultural institution in the field of visual arts since May 8, 1999. The institution plays an important role in expanding public's awareness of artworks through preservation, development and exploitation of the visual arts in Indonesia.  It is now under the Ministry of Education and Culture, Republic of Indonesia.  It is located in the centre of the capital city of Indonesia, close from the National Monument, National Museum, National Library, Presidential Palace, Istiqlal Mosque, Emmanuel Church and Gambir Train Station.  Its Address is a Jalan Medan Merdeka Timur No.14, Central Jakarta.

The Thousand Islands

The Thousand Islands (officially Kepulauan Seribu) are a chain of islands to the north of Jakarta's coast. It forms the only regencyof Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. It consists of a string of 108 islands, stretching 45 km (28 mi) north into the Java Sea at West Jakarta Bay and in fact north of Banten Province. A decree states that 36 islands may be used for recreation. Of these, only 13 islands are fully developed: 11 islands are homes to resorts and two islands are historic parks. 23 are privately owned and are not open to the public. The rest of the islands are either uninhabited or support a fishing village. An area of 107,489 hectares of land and sea was declared by the Minister of Agriculture in 1982 and designated by a Forestry Ministerial Decree in 2002 as the Taman Nasional Laut Kepulauan Seribu (Thousand Islands Marine National Park). Public access is prohibited on two of the islands, Panjaliran Barat and Panjaliran Timur, where sea turtles are conserved. His group of islands in the Jakarta Bay offers a heaven away from the bustle of city life. There are golden beaches fringed with coconut palms. The surrounding waters are a paradise for skin divers. They are filled with a myriad of tropical fish, which live among the multicolored corals.

Proclamation Monument

Monument Proclamation is a monument memorial proclamation of independence of Indonesia . Proclamation Monument stands out in the field Proclamation Park complex on Jl. Proclamation (formerly called Jl. Pegangsaan East No. 56), Central Jakarta . In the complex there are also two statues monuments Soekarno - Hatta large standing side by side, similar to the photo documentation when the text of the proclamation was read the first time. In the middle there are two statues proclaimer proclamation script sculpture made of stone slabs of black marble , with the composition and form of writing is similar to the original typed manuscript. The area was the place where founding father Sukarno and Mohammad Hatta declared Indonesian independence on Aug. 17, 1945. Now, on the exact spot where Sukarno and Hatta read the proclamation text, replica statues stand, complete with the Proclamation Text engraved on black marble with 17 pillars behind them symbolizing the date of the Independence Day.

Tanah Abang Market

Tanah Abang (English language : The Red Land) is a district of Central Jakarta, Indonesia. The subdistrict hosts the biggest textile market in Southeast Asia, Tanah Abang Market. Tanah Abang market is located in the Kelurahan Kebon Kacang. The Kelurahan is served by the Tanah Abang railway station, which is located in the western border of the administrative village. The market has been known to exist since 1735. Tanah Abang market is the main textile trade in Indonesia and the biggest in Southeast Asia. Other market areas, Blok A and Blok B, were added to the area in 2005 and 2010. Blok A is the biggest among others with 160,000 square meter with almost 8,000 kiosks, is visited about 80,000 buyers in busy days with transaction about Rp 500 billions ($43 millions) per day and has well known in Africa and Middle East.

Thamrin City Trade Mall

Thamrin City is a mixed-use complex including a shopping mall, 5 apartment towers and town houses on the 10th floor in Jakarta, Indonesia. An Amaris hotel is located in one of the apartments towers. It is located in Central Jakarta. The shopping center is housing many Indonesian Batik clothes shops. Simply because they have a huge selection on Batik and other clothes. To the extend we dont know what are the design to choose. There are so many and all of them were beautiful. The unique in this place is when you walk around those designs look quite the same but in reality it is not. Aside from the traditional clothing, there are also a lot of locally made garments that are practical to wear everyday if one finds batik or kebaya too special to wear on an ordinary day. The best part is the prices are all considerably cheap. In fact, you can still bargain with the already cheap items.. The place is quite convenient which is quite near to our hotel and easy to find food.