Jakarta Indonesia Travel Guide
Formerly called Sunda Kelapa, Batavia, and Jayakarta, the capital of
Indonesia is the biggest city of the country and more popularly known
today as Jakarta; it nestles on the shores of the northwest part of the
island of Java
, and covers an area of about 661 square kilometers with more than 8 million inhabitants.
This capital of Indonesia prides in its colonial-style structures and
newly restored "old quarters" which has preserved the British and
colonial Dutch periods, providing that warm, old feeling of vibrant
history in its midst. The 140-meter towers of the National Monument
that soars high above Merdeka Square, crowned with pure gold plated
"flame", brings out an astonishing spark.
Gathering an excellent ethnological collection including pre-Hindu era
statues can be found inside the Central Museum of Jakarta. Another
attraction worth visiting in this capital of Indonesia is the
Portuguese Church, which was completed in 1695 by the Dutch, and houses
an immense and splendid Dutch pump organ. The city of Jakarta also
takes pride in its Istiqlal Mosque found at the city's center, and is
one of the world's largest mosques.
Travelers interested in doing a little shopping will find Jalan
Surabaya a haven for antiques, as well as Karet where batik factories
gather. All through the island, tourists can witness great performances
of staged puppet shows that portray the traditional wayang kulit and
wayang golak marionettes act which are Indonesian stories based famous
legends; these performances may sometimes last all through the night.
Being the political and economical capital of Indonesia, the city of
Jakarta draws a lot of foreigners and domestic immigrants, resulting to
the place having a diverse culture and cosmopolitan flavor. It is also
the abode of a lot of universities providing education to the largest
student number from different parts of Indonesia teaching everything
like computer skills and Mandarin, as well as catering to students from
primary school to high school levels.
This capital of Indonesia
is served by Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, and offers several
of the more convenient accommodations for tourists, with the abundance
of hotels to suit every budget, as well as a vast selection of shopping
malls, brothels and bars, and restaurants. Its public transport is also
excellently-catered by Gambir railway station and busway (north to
south) that runs along Thamrin Road, as well as plentiful and cheap
Jakarta is one of the most fascinating and exciting places to
visit for travelers looking to visit Southeast Asia. Not to mention
that Indonesia itself is the world's biggest archipelagic nation.
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A Visit to Jakarta
A visit to Jakarta, Indonesia is to witness economic extremes.
The metropolis is a bustling business hub where towering skyscrapers
dot the city, at the same time, typical in Jakarta, Indonesia are signs
of poverty that can be seen within the city's peripheries. Indonesia is
classified as a third world country and is still recuperating from the
crippling Asian financial crisis during the later part of the past
couple of decades.
However, visitors can still enjoy large, western-style shopping centers
that feature imported goods as well as local manufactures. Also within
Jakarta, Indonesia are local shops and markets displaying souvenir
items showcasing Indonesian wares.
Jakarta, Indonesia is situated on the island of Java. The city also
serves as the capital of the world's largest archipelago-nation. Most
international flights from and to Indonesia originate within the city's
international airports. Inter-island flights are serviced in the said
airports. Also in Jakarta, Indonesia are major ports that provide
shipping services for international and domestic travel.
Jakarta, Indonesia alone is home to around 11 million of the
country's total population making it one of the most densely populated
cities in the world. Since the colonial period, trading has been the
major economic activity in the city, however, industries based in
Jakarta have been facing difficulties compared to its other Asian
counterparts. The change of government in 1998, after President
Suharto's administration was brought down following widespread unrest,
contributed to economic ills.
While tourism is one of the country's sources of income, it has failed
to uplift the economic conditions of the majority of the people in
Jakarta who are reeling in poverty. Resulting from the rapid population
growth in Jakarta, housing has been a perennial problem wherein 200,000
units are needed annually.
Nonetheless, there are excellent places to visit in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Jakarta was a Dutch colony for more than three centuries, hence, you'd
probably find their museums interesting in order to appreciate
Indonesian culture and heritage, which would prepare you for you visit
to other islands. Indonesia's culture is quite diverse considering that
the archipelago-nation is composed of 17,508 islands, 6,000 of which
The Central Museum in Jakarta, Indonesia was established by
U.M.C Radermacher in 1778. Visitors will find extensive historical,
archeological, prehistorical, and ethnographic artifacts from Indonesia
dating as far back as the Stone Age. The Central Museum showcases one
of the most complete collections obtained from different dynasties as
well as times. Indonesia in Miniature Park is another excellent place
to visit if you wish to have a glimpse of the diverse archipelago. The
park also houses a bird park with a walk-in aviary, recreational
grounds, swimming pool and a fauna museum. These among many others make
Jakarta, Indonesia a fitting place for an Asian experience.
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