Sights in Jakarta

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Jakarta may not be the most popular tourist spot in the world. Many people just use Jakarta as the transit point for travel. If you are one of them, then next time when you are in Jakarta, take a couple of days off. There are plenty of breathtaking Jakarta Sights which will give you a wholesome experience of your vacation.  

Gedung Pancasila

Built in 1830, Gedung Pancasila is an enchanting neoclassical building constructed as the official residence of the Dutch commander. Located to the southwest of Lapangan Banteng, Gedung Pancasila was later transformed into a meeting hall of the People’s Council. However, the building is widely known as the place where the first president of Indonesia Soekarno made his speech in 1945 and introduced the constitution of the country. 

Monas

The National Monument, known as Monas, is about 132 meters high and is located at Merdeka Square in central Jakarta. Standing as a symbol of Indonesia’s fight for independence, this monument was constructed under the instruction of the first President of Indonesia, Soekarno.

Museum Taman Prasasti

Museum Taman Prasasti is an open-air museum displaying several tombstones and wooden carriages, used for carrying the coffins to funeral ceremonies. The story behind this museum dates back to the 18th century when the Dutch used the Kebon Jahe Kober area as their burial ground. When the area got filled with coffins, the Dutch left this area looking for another graveyard. Several years later, the independent government of Indonesia turned this area into a museum where the important tombstones of famous people like Soe hok Gie and several other Dutch Governor General are found.

Gereja Sion

Popularly known as the Portuguese Church, Gereja Sion is the oldest existing church in Jakarta. Built in 1695, this church was meant for the ‘black Portuguese’ who were imported to Batavia, now known as Jakarta, as slaves from Portuguese ports in India and Malaya.

Taman Fatahillah

Located in north of Jakarta, Fathillah Square is an old Dutch colonial site which is famous for the ample number of museums in and around the area. The imposing ancient Dutch structures here will give you an impression of the magnificence of the colonial era. Besides the museums, Gereja Sion and Si Jagur are located near this square.

Ancol Dream Park

Ancol Dream Park in Jakarta is a must-see destination during your trip to Indonesia. The place has an assortment of tempting attractions both for children and adults and is buzzing with activity. Composed of attractions like Sea World, Amusement Park, Dream World, Marina Ancol and Ancol Beach, the theme park is the only recreational park in Jakarta where you can spend a pleasant time with your family and friends.

Taman Mini Indonesia Indah

Taman Mini Indonesia Indah is a stunning Indonesia miniature park where the entire gamut of more than 250 cultures of Indonesia is encapsulated in discrete sections displaying artifacts, clothing, architecture, dance and traditions. Here, you will be taken on a simulation tour of the 26 provinces of Indonesia where the miniature presentation of the cable cars, museums and theaters will give you a glimpse of the Indonesian heritage.  

 

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Museum Taman Prasasti

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an angel of prasasti museum
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Museum Taman Prasasti is an open air museum about tombstones and wooden carriages that used to bring the coffins in funerals.

The story about this museum start in 18s century whenever the Dutch make a cemetery in Kebon Jahe Kober area for the famous Dutch person in Jakarta and around.

Whenever the land remain full, they leave this graveyard. Then the Government of the Republic of Indonesia arrange the area as an open museum.  Several of the coffins and buried bodies were taken and put in the other places but the tombstones still kept more..

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National Museum

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Open Tu-Th, Su 8:30-14:30, Fr8:30-11:00, Sat 8:30-13:00.,

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address:W side of Square

Taman Fatahillah

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The old Dutch colonial heart used to beat at this spot. You can find some old and ancient architecture at and around this square. Nearby, you can find the oldest church in Jakarta, the Gereja Sion and also Si Jagur, the cannon who symbolised fertility. Check out the Chinatown, in the nearby Glodok area.

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Sunda Kelapa

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Traditional ships that bring and take loads of cargo. It may be the world's largest commercial sailing port now, though most of the sailing boats (phinisi) have diesel engines too. Incoming cargo is mostly timber from Kalimantan (Borneo), Sulawesi and other islands. They sail back with building materials, cooking oils, household goods and even the odd car. You may be invited on board a ship. Check out the nearby Pasar Ikan, the local fish market and see the old days come alive again.

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Istiqlal Mosque

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This is the largest Mosque in SE Asia, designed by Indonesian architect Frederic Silaban. Constructed using marble and layout of open space and huge windows, make this place remain cool in the hot sunlight.

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address:NE of Merdeka Square.

Uitkijk (Watchtower)

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Jakarta History Museum

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Jakarta History Museum
Jakarta History Museum
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Open: Sun, Tu-Th 9am-3pm, Fr 9am-2.30 pm, Sa 9am-12:30. Closed on Monday. You can reach this museum by using Transjakarta koridor 1. To Kota. After that, you can take a walk a little bit to this museum. This museum has lots of Jakarta historical things. Like Badui traditional things, old Portuguese clothes, old Cannon (said can give child), dungeons (very small rooms which was filled with hundreds of people), old well (said that if you hold an event here, you must give this well some kind of "gift" in European style such as Bread or wine. Otherwise, you will have lots of more..

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address:Jalan Taman Fatahillah No. 2, Jakarta Barat
accessibility:Transjakarta heading to Kota

Chinese mansion Candranaya

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In Gajah Mada area nearby Kota [Oud Batavia] can be found a famous Chinese mansion Candranaya.

The condition maybe disappointed, since it's remain empty for long time ago and situated in between unfinished two hotel and apartment due to the monetary crisis by mid of 1998.  But for those who likes old building, this one will not regret you. 

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Kali Besar Drawbridge

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This bridge is the only authentic Dutch drawbridge left in Jakarta.

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Gereja Katedral

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St Marie Church or more popular with Gereja Kathedral is one of the old church in Jakarta. More than a hundred year ago built in the area called Koningsplein.  And today, can be seen in the opposite of Istiqlal Mosque. For Indonesians, it's also becomes a symbol about living in unity where a mosque facing to a church and the opposite.

The most enchanting of this cathedral are about the two towers, the statue of Virgin Marie in front of wooden doors and the dome inside the cathedral that made from teakwood.

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address:in front of Istiqlal Mosque

Oud Batavia [Kota]

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The words Kota, literally means 'city'. But once Jakartans saying Kota, it means Oud Batavia or Old Dutch quarter during past era.

This landmark consist of many old buildings, such as Museum and Piazza de Falatehan [Fatahillah], Museum Wayang, Batavia Cafe [the first cafe in Jakarta, still keep the old wooden floor and stairs], Museum Keramik dan Seni Rupa and several warehouses and train station.

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Taman Suropati

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In the heart of busy Jakarta, this capital city of Indonesia still have greenery areas for public. Such as Taman Silang Monas and Taman Suropati in Menteng.

In Taman Suropati, there is a small fountain with several statues made by ASEAN artists.

And Menteng also known as the lungs of Jakarta. Surrounded by several old Dutch buildings, addressed as Burgemeester Bishopplein.

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address:Menteng area, central of Jakarta

Bali Seni Rupa (Fine Art Museum)

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address:West of Taman Fatahillah square

Wayang Museum

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Open Su, Tu-Th: 9-15, Fr 9-11:30, Sa 9-13.

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address:Jl Pintu Besar Utara 27.

Textile Museum

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Open Tu-Th 9-14:00, Fr 9-11:00, Sat 9-13:00.

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address:Jl KS Tubun 4

Reiner de Klerk Huis

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Arsip Nasional Jakarta
Arsip Nasional Jakarta
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Reiner de Klerk Huis now becomes Gedung Arsip Nasional [National Archive Building]. Situated in Jalan Gajah Mada, Kota, this building bring us to the memory about "living in the VOC [Verenigde Oost Indies Compagnie]". 

Long time ago, the big moat in front of this building was a small river and the owner go to Kota area [or known as Oud Batavia] by boat. And going to the Rijwick Palace [now is Istana Negara or State Palace] with horse cart.

This big house have 2 storey, with wooden floor upstairs. The doors and ventilations are wooden carving and on the more..

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