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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 taxis.

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, 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 are inhabited.

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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