Top 5 Must Do's in Jakarta

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The Jakarta Must Do’s are going to be different for everybody because of people’s individual tastes. However, despite the different opinions that people have there are still quite a few things that everybody who visits Jakarta will enjoy.

Sunda Kelapa

Sunda Kelapa is a great place to go sightseeing, but you want to be prepared for the horrible odors that linger around the port. The good news about the odors is that you get used to them rather quickly, so they won’t ruin your sightseeing. The best thing to do at Sunda Kelapa is to have a look at the schooners that are tied to the docks, but the best part is that some of them will allow you to come aboard so you can get an even better view. Another thing to look at is the drawbridge from back when the Dutch had a large presence in the area.

Taman Mini

The Taman Mini is designed to give you a look at the various provinces that are located within Indonesia. How it does this is through traditional houses. Each house is built after a typical house from one of Indonesia’s provinces, and the house contains exhibits that are used to explain the culture of the area. You can also enjoy the numerous museums that are located inside the park and the IMAX theater picture on Indonesia as a country.

Sari Bundo

To get a taste of the local cuisine you will want to visit Sari Bundo. At Sari Bundo you will be treated to Padang cuisine, which is Indonesia’s version of an all-you-can-eat buffet. The best part about this type of meal is that you will only be charged for the plates that you empty. The beef rending along with the skewered shrimp are the most favorite dishes, but cow lung served with fava beans is also recommended.

Jakarta History Museum

Inside the history museum, you will get to see what life was like in Jakarta when the Dutch were in control. The best part about this museum is that the curators do not try to hide anything; everything is placed out there for you to see, including the bad stuff. Inside the museum, you will see artifacts that are left over from when the Dutch ruled the area and outside you will see things that show just how cruelly Indonesian prisoners were treated.

Masjid Istiqlal

Since Indonesia is the largest Islamic country in the world it also has one of the largest mosques. The Masjid Istiqlal is the fourth largest mosque. The mosque has 5 different floors so it can hold up to 250,000 worshipers at a time. To go on a guided tour you must make a small donation, but if you want to go inside you will have to wear modest clothing, and no shorts are allowed.

March 12, 2010 new by shomer

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  Another must see is the National Museum which has an extensive collection of artifacts particularly ceramics.  Beautiful, asolutely beautiful. The National Monument (Monas) is also not to be missed with extensive history of the Dutch and Japanese occupations. 

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