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Jakarta Attractions


Steeped in a rich cultural history, the former Dutch colony has enough interesting architecture and cultural relics to keep visitors occupied for a week. For logistical reasons, it's best to break the city down into five areas – Central, West, South, East and North.


The Northern suburbs are adjacent to the sea and home to Ancol Jakarta Bay City, a popular attraction consisting of a water park, amusement park and beach, as well as land-based sports.

Monuments and museums dedicated to Indonesia's independence dominate the central areas. South Jakarta is home to upscale shopping centres and the West is where you can discover Chinatown, nightlife and entertainment.

Chinatown in Jakarta

Glodok still has typical Chinese shop-houses, as well as temples and churches. Nearby is Jakarta’s oldest Chinese temple, built in 1650.

This is a good place to head for cheap Chinese dishes and the area also features a few notable tourist attractions: There are two ancient Buddhist Temples – Da Shi Miao at Jalan Kemenangan, and Vihara Dharma Bhakti. The Santa Maria de Fatima Catholic Church is another place worth checking out.

Maritime Museum

Completed in 1774, the design of the building itself justifies a visit. Inside, the structure is filled with insightful photographs and maritime relics and anyone with a hobby or career in sailing would appreciate the value of this collection.

The front section of the building, is probably the only part of the Ancient City Wall surrounding Batavia (old Jakarta) still standing today.

National Monument

This striking structure is topped with 35 kilograms of gold and houses two sections – a historical museum and a hall for meditation. The National Monument is Jakarta’s most famous landmark.

Construction began in 1961 and was completed in 1975, giving you some idea of the scale of the building. Built during an era of fierce nationalism, the monument has lift access and the view from the top of the building reveals a priceless, panoramic vista of Jakarta.

National Museum

Situated in the old town of Batavia, the National Museum is probably one of the most poignant witnesses to Dutch colonisation in the city.

Started by a group of Dutch collectors, the museum has various compellations; prehistoric artifacts, archeology, heraldics, historical relics, geography, ethnography, and ceramics. The museum displays more than 100,000 cultural objects.

Puppet Museum

Featuring one of the best collections of wayang puppets in Java, its dusty cabinets are lined with a multitude of characters once used for performances. The collection not only includes puppets from Indonesia but also from China, Malaysia, India and Cambodia.