Jakarta: what to see and do, places to visit, attractions

batavia-fatahillah-square old town hall jakarta
batavia-fatahillah-square old town hall jakarta

What to see in Jakarta, places to visit and sights of the great metropolis located on the northwest coast of Java Island.

Jakarta Travel Guide

On the northwest coast of Java island, at the mouth of the river There Liwung, is located in Jakarta, the Indonesian capital metropolis, formed by a group of villages called kampungs, where different ethnic groups live together, and modern skyscrapers, with congested roads motorized which reduces to a minimum the possibility of walking. Modernity and wealth alongside poverty, buildings of high architectural contrast with the poor residences, which are found everywhere.

Places to visit in Jakarta

The historic city center is the area called Kota, which corresponds to the old Batavia, the name the Dutch gave the city when conquered it in 1619. At this time the church date back to Gereja Sion, situated in the district Taman Sari, and ancient buildings colonial located in Kota on the old Town Hall Square, today Fatahillah Square, where the building is located in the old Town Hall which houses the Jakarta History Museum, Sejarah Jakarta in Indonesia, also known as Museum Fatahillah Museum or Batavia.

Also on the same square whose head the Wayang Museum and Fine Arts and Ceramics Museum, in the Indonesian Museum Seni Rupa dan Keramik, besides the renowned Café Batavia, where the atmosphere of old times. In front of this historic part of the city extend the Sunda Kelapa, the old and glorious harbor, characterized by fascinating sailing ships called Pinisi, and nearby Pasar Ikan, the lively fish market.

South of Kota, always in the ancient Batavia, is the Chinese neighborhood called Glodok. The center of Jakarta is the great Merdeka Square with the National Monument, or Monas, a marble column built between 1961 and 1975, 137 meters high, topped by a flame covered with gold. At the base is a historical museum and a meditation room.

The monument is open to the public and, on request, the lift can carry visitors to the top, for a panoramic view of the city and the sea. On Merdeka Square overlook several buildings for government and cultural, as the Merdeka Palace, official residence of the President of the Republic of Indonesia, and the building that houses the National Museum of Indonesia. Near the square stands the Istiqlal Mosque, the largest mosque in South-East Asia, was built to commemorate Indonesian independence.