The metropolitan city of Jakarta offers visitors a huge number of attractions to visit. From plus shopping malls and plazas to theme parks, historic landmarks, and museums, there is a lot to see and do in the city. A visit to Kota Tua will take visitors into the history of Jakarta. Regardless of the development, every nook and corner in the city has something to tell visitors about the heritage and culture of Indonesia. The National Monument or Monas is the main landmark of the city. The Presidential Palaces—Istana Merdeka and Istana Negara—right by Monas make beautiful places to visit as well.
As a city rich in Indonesian history, Jakarta has a wide range of museums. The Museum Fatahillah, Museum Nasional, Museum Tekstil, Museum Art Mon Décor, Museum Wayang, and the National Archive Museum are just a few of many!
Don’t forget a trip to the theme parks for family-friendly fun! The Ancol Dream Park has some wonderful attractions and various seafood cuisine. To get an overview of Indonesian culture, Taman Mini Indonesia Indah is an excellent place to visit displaying traditional houses of each Indonesian province. On top of that, Taman Mini Indonesia Indah offers other fun-filled activities, such as a waterpark, cable car, bird conservation parks, and Istana Anak—a large children’s playground shaped like a palace!
When it comes to shopping in Jakarta, most visitors often end up adding extra luggage. There are so many malls and street markets where one can find a wide range of items to buy. Some of the best places to shop in Jakarta are Kota Kasablanka, Grand Indonesia, Plaza Indonesia, Pacific Place Mall, Mangga Dua complex, Thamrin City, Mall Ambassador, and Tanah Abang.
Jakarta is served by the Soekarno Hatta International Airport. The airport is placed around 20 km from the city center. The best way to get to one’s destination is by requesting the hotel for an airport pickup. Taxis are also available from the airport to the city. Depending on the taxi service and type of car availed, a ride to Central Jakarta can cost anywhere from Rp 70,000 to Rp 120,000. There is also a regular shuttle bus service that travels from the airport to the city. The cost of ticket ranges depending on the destination.
Jakarta has a plethora of halal restaurants where visitors can dig into local as well as international cuisines. Some of the best restaurants in Jakarta are Remboelan, Hutan Kota by Plataran, Jetski Cafe, Plataran Dharmawangsa, Odysseia, and Le Bridge.
Masjid Istiqlal is the largest mosque in all of Southeast Asia located in Jakarta. This mosque is the pride of Indonesia symbolizing the great majesty of Islam in the country. It has the capacity to accommodate around 200,000 jamaah. Other mosques exist in Jakarta as well! Masjid Cut Meutia, Masjid Al-Azhar, and Masjid Tanah Abang are a few of the great mosques in Jakarta.