About Jakarta

Jakarta is the capital city of Indonesia. As the economic and political center of Indonesia, Jakarta attracts many domestic immigrants who bring their various languages, dialects, foods and customs. It makes Jakarta “colorful” with a variety of history, culture, economics activities and tourist attractions.

Getting Around

There are two international airports, one is the larger Soekarno-Hatta international airport, and the other is the smaller Halim Perdanakusumah airport. Jakarta can also be reached by sea transportation through the port of Tanjung Priok. In the city, TransJakarta bus rapid transit service (known as Busway) is available along with other buses and taxis. You can also use a private driver to travel around. The surrounding cities of Jakarta are served by KRL Jabotabek, a mass rapid transit system which serves commuters both in and around Jakarta. Several public buses also have route linking Jakarta and its surroundings.

Top 10 Places to Visit in Jakarta

A metropolitan city in Indonesia which developed rapidly, with the number of business development, industry and construction. It is city of national and provincial government, and also the political center of Indonesia. Congestion easily found in the streets of Jakarta. Even so, the city is also still keeps interesting locations to be visited by tourists.

National Monument

National Monument

Widely known as Monas, it is a 132 m tower topped by a flame shaped gold in the centre of Merdeka Square, Central Jakarta. It built to commemorate the struggle for Indonesian independence.

National Museum of Indonesia (Elephant Museum)

National Museum of Indonesia (Elephant Museum)

Being two centuries old, this museum is an icon that you can visit. Located at Jalan Medan Merdeka Barat, Central Jakarta, it is an archeological, historical, ethnological, and geographical museum.

Ancol Dreamland

Ancol Dreamland

Jakarta's largest and most popular recreation park with a range of attractions that includes Fantasy World, Art Market, Marina Port and Ancol Beach. There are hotels, restaurant and golf course in this area.

New Market

New Market

Come here for the nostalgic walk down the memory lane in Pasar Baru. You will find many local sellers, famous for cheap clothes, watches, vintage fashions. An absolute bargain hunting adventure.

The Beautiful Indonesia in Miniature Park

The Beautiful Indonesia in Miniature Park

Located in the eastern part of the city, here you can find the pavilions of each province of Indonesia, museums and miniature park. Ride the cable car and see the mini map of Indonesia from above.

Jakarta Old Town (Old Batavia)

Jakarta Old Town (Old Batavia)

The highlight of Jakarta with many historical buildings since the time of Dutch colonialism. Visit The National History Museum (Fatahillah Museum), Museum of Fine Art and Ceramic and Puppet Museum.

The Istiqlal Mosque and The Catholic Cathedral

The Istiqlal Mosque and The Catholic Cathedral

Find the largest mosque in Indonesia and the neo-gothic style Cathedral that are located right across of each other. An evidence of the tolerance and harmony expressed with beautiful architecture.

Ragunan Zoo

Ragunan Zoo

Located in Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta, this zoo was established in 1864 and moved to current location in 1966. It is inhabited by 295 species and 4,040 specimens, with almost 30,000 plants from 250 different kinds.

Thousand Islands

Thousand Islands

Some of the islands are inhabited and can be reached in about 1 - 2 hours by ferry or chartered boat from Jakarta. Ideal for weekend getaway, day trip, diving, snorkeling and fishing at the Java Sea.

Lake Babakan

Lake Babakan

Located in Jagakarsa, it is a place to learn the art and culture of Betawi tribe. See the traditional houses, ceremonies, performance, or try the local food while relaxing on the banks of Lake Babakan.

What should you know about Jakarta?

When is the best time to visit?

  • Best time to go is on April to October because it’s the dry season

How to get around Jakarta?

  • Jakarta is the main international gateway to Indonesia with extensive bus, train, and flight connections.
  • Avoid travel during peak hours or on weekdays because you’ll meet traffic jam almost every corner of Jakarta.
  • If you plan to use taxi to get around in Jakarta, select the official ones, for example Blue Bird.
  • If you want to use public buses, Trans Jakarta is a public transportation that has integrated bus lane almost all over Jakarta.

What can I do in Jakarta?

  • There are around 170 malls in Jakarta, which means 170 places you can meet your friends, go for shopping or just to hang out.
  • Walk around the old town, visit museums and spend a day trip to Thousand Islands.
  • Accommodation, restaurants, banks and convenience stores are widely available. Do not hesitate to sharpen your bargain skill in the local market.

What food should I eat?

  • Gado-gado, kerak telor (spicy omelette), dodol, soto Betawi, ketoprak and es doger (doger ice)