Jakarta is the capital of Indonesia. A sprawling city of surprises with shabby slums, glass towers and concrete slabs, but underneath that is a sizzling soul. From the richly aromatic alleys of Chinatown to the winding streets of the Old City, the Indonesian capital is overflowing with a vibrant, cosmopolitan and enchanting energy.
Best Time to Visit
If you are planning a Travel to Indonesia then Indonesia has two seasons; the dry season (April to October), and the monsoon season, (November to March) and enjoys hot and humid temperatures all year.
Top Places to Visit in Jakarta
1. National Museum
One of the country’s best. Founded in 1862, the enormous collection features cultural objects representing the many ethnic groups around the country. Exhibits include model houses, musical instruments, tools, artwork, costumes and more. The display of Chinese ceramics is particularly interesting, and the bronze elephant that guards the museum is a national icon.
2. National Monument
Erected in 1975 to commemorate Indonesia’s independence, the towering obelisk is topped with flames made of 35 kilos of solid gold. Freedom Square surrounds the monument, and the view from the observation platform is unbeatable.
3. Amusement park
Eastern Jakarta is home to an entertaining and beautiful amusement park that features galleries, an orchid garden, an exotic bird park and a large playground. Many museums are located within the park, including those dedicated to stamps, transportation, sports, insects, science, the military and telecommunications.
4. Thousand Islands
In Northern Jakarta, visitors can explore a group of 110 small islands, known to the locals as the “Thousand Islands.” Many of the islands offer beautiful beaches, coral reefs, excellent diving sites, nature conservation areas, campgrounds, seafood restaurants, historic ruins and boat tours.
Other sights worth exploring in the capital include the open-air markets of Surabaya Street, the old port area of Sunda Kelapa, the Ragunan Zoo, the Istiqlal Mosque, the Cathedral Church and Gedung Proklamasi, where the nation’s first president declared Indonesia’s independence.