Overview Jakarta

Visiting Jakarta

The capital and largest city of Indonesia (and 10th most populous city in the world), Jakarta boasts a frenetic pace, fascinating history and family-friendly recreation that make it an exciting destination for adventurous travelers worldwide.

Once known as the “Jewel of Asia” by 16th century sailors, Jakarta was a longtime center of commerce for the continent, and this history remains alive in the historic sites of Old Jakarta. Check out the Wayang Museum, or Maritime Museum (Museum Bahari) in the Sunda Kelapa Harbor area. Jakarta’s Golden Triangle bears testament to the city’s modernity, housing a host of the world’s finest high-end hotels, in addition to the economic heart of the region.

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The capital and largest city of Indonesia (and 10th most populous city in the world), Jakarta boasts a frenetic pace, fascinating history and family-friendly recreation that make it an exciting destination for adventurous travelers worldwide.

Once known as the “Jewel of Asia” by 16th century sailors, Jakarta was a longtime center of commerce for the continent, and this history remains alive in the historic sites of Old Jakarta. Check out the Wayang Museum, or Maritime Museum (Museum Bahari) in the Sunda Kelapa Harbor area. Jakarta’s Golden Triangle bears testament to the city’s modernity, housing a host of the world’s finest high-end hotels, in addition to the economic heart of the region.

Jakarta is becoming an increasingly family-friendly destination, with highlights like SeaWorld Indonesia remaining perennially popular options. The massive Tamin Mini Indonesia Indah in Ancol Bay city features 26 separate pavilions, each representing one of Indonesia’s 26 provinces, among a host of other offerings.

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Stories and Tips Jakarta

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Waste Management-Jakarta Style

Written by Brian on 26 Jun, 2000

The single most impressive aspect of my visit to Jakarta was realizing the way in which this city deals with its refuse. It's all out in the open here, to see, smell, and in the rainy season when the sewers overflow, to wade through.…Read More


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Jakarta

Written by Koentje3000 on 14 Apr, 2006

Indonesia is not gifted with the most pretty capital in the world. It is one of the largest cities in the world with its 8 million inhabitants. Officialy, Jakarta is not a city, but forms a province named Propinsi Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta (or the…Read More


Construction in Jakarta

Written by Brian on 12 Oct, 2000

All of my overseas travel has been work related. I would not have had the opportunity to see what I saw in some of these places had it been otherwise. I worked as a muralist, painting and installing items that the studio I…Read More


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Club Tan Amur

Written by Brian on 26 Jun, 2000

I had only been in Jakarta for a few hours when I realized that being a westerner had a certain appeal to the people there. I hadn't thought that my colleagues and I would be so conspicuous, that little kids would clamour after us…Read More


Visiting Bali and Yogyakarta

Written by sung on 07 May, 2001

If you plan to go to Jakarta, you should also plan to go to Bali and Yogyakarta. Bali with its beautiful beaches has been one of my favorite travel destinations in the world. Bali is an ideal place for people who love natural scenery. Most…Read More


Jakarta in Early Morning

Written by jsbev on 27 Jul, 2000

Jakarta rises early in the morning. If you are a jogger, try to wake up at 4:30am and head to The National Monument (Monas) park right away. You'll find out how early Jakartans welcome the day! Moreover, many of them are avid joggers and 'senam'…Read More


Worst Trip of my Life

Written by gottapack on 29 Aug, 2006

I've been all over Asia and Europe-this is the first time I've returned home wishing I had gone somewhere else. It was an awful experience in every way (except that it was cheap). Polluted, shockingly bad traffic, dishonest and disingenuous, unsafe, unattractive city. …Read More


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