There are more than thirty museums in Jakarta. And tens of art galleries. So we’ll list a few places you shouldn’t miss:
Museum Gajah (National Museum)
Located at the west side of Merdeka square; it offers historical, pre-historical, archeological an ethnographic aspect of Indonesia through its extensive collection of artifacts and relics which date as far back to the Han, Tan and Ming Dynasty.
Ismail Marzuki Park
Is one of Indonesia’s foremost modern composers this art centre known popularly as TIM stages regular performances of traditional and contemporary art, including western ballet, Javanese dances, dramas and exhibitions of handicrafts and fine arts. The art centre publishes a monthly calendar of events which can be obtained at the TIM offices at Jalan Cikini Raya 73, Jakarta.
Indonesia Miniature Park
Is a cultural park which attempts to present the ethnic cultures and tradition in permanent exhibits of traditional architecture native to the 30 provinces. Performances of drama and dances of the various provinces are regularly staged in the pavilions.
Monumen Nasional (National Monument)
The National Monument or “MONAS” is 137 meter tall table marble obelisks-topped with flame coated with 35 kg of gold, and represent the people determination to achieve freedom. It is located in front of the president’s palace and opens to public. An elevator carries visitors to the top, offering a bird’s eye view across the city to the sea.
Two of the original ware houses from the first trading post of the Dutch East Indies Company in Java now house the Maritime Museum. Exhibits include large models of boats from various islands. The old harbormasters tower stands nearby. Open from 8.00 am – 2.00 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. On Fridays closed.
The Wayang Museum
The Wayang Museum located on the western side of Taman Fatahillah in “The Old Town” areas has the finest displays of wayang puppets in Indonesia including puppets from all part of Indonesia and other part of Southeast Asia as well. The wooden and the Leather puppets displayed here represent the finest craftsmanship in this paricular form of traditional theatre. The museum also shows shortened performances of the Wayang Kulit leather puppets every Sunday morning.
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Gago-gado; Cold steamed vegetables, tofu, and TEMPE with peanut sauce Martabak (Sweet Pizza). Stuffed Indian pancake in one of two flavors: sweet martabak, which are sweet, or martabak telor (egg martabak), which are egg pancakes filled with meat. The sweet version may contain condensed milk, cheese, chocolate, sesame seeds, or sticky black rice. Nasi Uduk. Rice cooked in coconut milk and fragrant pandan leaves topped with fried shallots. This is a traditional Betawi (native Jakarta) dish, but can be found throughout Indonesia. Opor Ayam. Chicken cooked in coconut milk (ayam means chicken) Sate (Satay). Beef, chicken, or goat meat skewered on bamboo sticks and roasted over a small grill. It is accompanied by peanut sauce or a sweet soy sauce with hot green peppers and shallots. Be sure to ask for all meat or you may end up with fat or chicken livers. To settle down the hotty weather of Jakarta, try Es Campur (mixed ice), Es Cendol, Es Doger and so on.
Name any well-known Indonesia souvenir, most probably you can find it here since Jakarta is the melting pot of everything Indonesia. Here are some places to begin your search:
Indonesia Handicraft Centre, Jl. Iskandarsyah II/2, Pasaraya Big & Beautiful, South Jakarta
Irian Art Shop, Jl. Pasar Baru No. 16 A, Central Jakarta
Arta Nauli Handicraft, Jl. Tebet Timur Raya 55, South Jakarta
Akbar Gallery, Jl. Ciputat Raya No. 28, South Jakarta
Classique Sculpture, Jl. Pasar Baru No. 18, Central Jakarta
Balikerti Art Souvenir Shop, Jl. Raya Krekot Bunder No. 67, West Jakarta
Fafa, Jl. Taman Meruya Ilir B1 A 12/2, Central Jakarta
Just set-up your budget, in Jakarta you can find many type of hotels with various and interesting prices, star hotel / international chain hotel, boutique hotel and budget hotel also available.
Hotels like Sahid Hotel Jakarta, Le Meridian Hotel, Intercontinental Hotel, Sari Pan Pacific, Nikko Hotel Jakarta, Grand Hyatt Hotel, Alila Hotel, Sultan Hotel Jakarta (former Hilton hotel), Mandarin Oriental Jakarta located near the Trans Jakarta halt.
If you have the time for leisure, try visiting:
Dunia Fantasi (Fantasy World) is the biggest amusement park in Jakarta. You can reach this interesting spot using Trans Jakarta as well; take the Ancol – Kampung Melayu corridor/route.
Ancol, Jakarta Bay City famous for its marine recreation and give a distinctive traveling experiences. Ride a Trans Jakarta bus going to Ancol from Kampung Melayu.
Trans Jakarta is the favorite transportation among all since its launched a few years ago. Cheap and Clean. With only Rp 3,500 youll get yourself an exploration all over Jakarta.
Other modes of transport to move around Jakarta are 24 hour taxi services, public bus, mini bus, BAJAJ and train services.
Most flights all over the archipellago and aboard arrived in Soekarno-Hatta Airport.
From Soekarno Hatta Airport, Jakarta take a ride by airport taxi or airport bus, and stop at Gambir Station, then you can continue travel using Trans Jakarta; – this mode of transport reaches almost all part of Jakarta.
Pulo Gadung handles economic class bus services from Cirebon, Central and East Java, Sumatra and Bali
Door-to-door travel minibuses are available to and from Java and Sumatra Island, mostly provided by travel agents
For those who wish to move around by Trans Jakarta, 10.00 am – 04.00 pm will be the best time of usage. At 07.00 am – 10.00 am and 04.00 pm – 07.00 pm Trans Jakarta turn to a crowded tarns, due to that period of time is the business hour (people go and back from work).
While on Saturday and Monday, Trans Jakarta will be hectic all day long.