What to see in Jakarta

Jakarta Attractions

Jakarta can be a challenge for travellers as it is sprawling, dirty and confusing, but it is also interesting: a collision of people and cultures and religions which may be a bit overwhelming but can also be entertaining. The city's attractions, for the most part, are sprawled across varied regions making it difficult to know where to start as a tourist seeking worthwhile things to see and do.

A great starting point, particularly if you've just landed in Indonesia, is Indonesia Miniature Park (Taman Mini), which showcases the cultures and some of the treasures of the different islands and regions in the archipelago, giving visitors a good overview of the whole country. Here you can find recreations of famous temples and statues and examples of the architectural styles of different Indonesian cultures. A good way to get a sense of the layout of Jakarta is to pay a visit to the National Monument of Indonesia, the city's landmark obelisk, which you can ascend for impressive views, and which houses a small museum showcasing the fight for Indonesian independence. This is also one of Jakarta's main meeting points for locals and is a lovely spot to indulge in some people watching.

Those interested in the colonial history of Jakarta should stroll around Old Batavia, the rundown waterfront area surrounding Taman Fatahillah Square, which was once the centre of Dutch rule in Indonesia. Although not well maintained this old district still boasts some 16th-century buildings and other unexpected relics. Other popular attractions in Jakarta include the Istiqlal Mosque, the largest mosque in Indonesia, and the Museum Bank, a beautiful old building that once housed one of Indonesia's first banks and is now an intriguing banking museum.

If you are travelling with kids in Jakarta be sure to check out Kidzania theme park which is one of the city's most celebrated fun zones.

Indonesia Miniature Park/Taman Mini

Indonesia is a vast place and it would take many holidays to explore the whole archipelago. A trip around Indonesia Miniature Park is useful and interesting because it offers samples of the different…

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Jalan Jaksa

Most South East Asian capitals have a backpacker area, and Jakarta's Jalan Jaksa district is grubbier than most. Plopped in an unremarkable part of downtown, it is thick with travel agencies, laundromats,…

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Kota, also called Old Batavia or Old Town Jakarta, is the only surviving piece of the Dutch colonial district. The Dutch had their Indonesian heyday in the 16th century when Jakarta was at the centre…

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National Monument of Indonesia

Visitors will inevitably be pulled to the National Monument (MONAS) to inspect the enormous obelisk that can be seen from much of the city. The first president, Sukarno, began to build the structure…

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