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Top 15 Places To Visit In Jakarta

Jakarta, Indonesia

Jakarta, the bustling capital of Indonesia, is a cultural melting pot. A diverse mix of traditions, from Javanese and Malay to Arab, Indian, and Dutch swirl together in this megalopolis. The result is a dynamic, lively city with its own intriguing flavor.

You'll discover that Jakarta has the world's best coffee scene, and most socializing in the city takes place at trendy cafés – not lounges. You'll find yourself craving the fried rice found at Jakarta's countless street food stalls. If you are in the mood to party hard and make the best of your Indonesia trip, Jakarta is a must-visit place. From waterparks and art galleries to markets, there is something for everyone, irrespective of their age.

Here are the Top 15 Places to Visit in Jakarta, which are worth visiting on a Jakarta trip:

1. The National Monument

It is one of the top Jakarta points of interest. This 132-meter-high structure was built to pay homage to the struggle for Independence. You can either enjoy the view of this amazing piece of architecture from the ground or you can climb all the way to the top and enjoy the stunning view of the city. The national monument holds a special place in the heart of the people of Indonesia. It is not only visited by tourists but you will find a lot of local people enjoying the sight of this amazing architectural marvel. It is also one of the best places to visit in Jakarta at night since it is beautifully lit.

2. Merdeka Square

As one of the largest public squares in the world, Merdeka Square is considered a must-visit attraction in Jakarta. Boasting open green spaces shaded by a tree cover, well-paved roads winding all around, and Indonesia’s National Monument at its center, it’s certainly a leisure destination for those looking to spend a quiet day exploring Jakarta City. One merely needs to visit Merdeka Square to get a glimpse into Jakarta and Indonesia’s rich history, with plenty of attractions within walking distance.

3. Museum Layang-Layang

Flying kites has been a tradition in this part of the world for more than 2,000 years, and there's no better place in Jakarta to learn about this heritage than at Museum Layang-Layang, an attraction down a serene alley in Pondok Labu. A short movie screening in the museum explains the origins of kite flying in Indonesia, as well as the many styles of kites – just the right amount of information tourists, need to appreciate the attraction's collection of more than 600 colorful kites.

4. Istiqlal Mosque

Constructed in 1978, the Istigal Mosque is the largest Mosque in Southeast Asia and one of the most stunning places to go in Jakarta. If you are planning a trip to Indonesia, this is one of the best Jakarta places to visit. The mosque has a capacity of 200,000 people. It has an amazing courtyard with designer marble and decorative minarets. The interiors of the mosque have decorative Islamic designs. The architecture and design of the mosque attract a lot of tourists every year and it's sure to blow your mind as well during your trip to Jakarta in Indonesia.

5. Jakarta Old Town or Kota Tua

Long before Jakarta turned into a modern metropolis with skyscrapers, it was colonized by the Dutch in the 15th century. The Jakarta Old Town or Kota Tua Jakarta bears reminisce of the Dutch era, with its colonial architecture and historical references. The streets of the Old Town boast buildings and structures that date back to colonial times, most of which are converted into museums today.

6. Thousand Islands

Need a break from Jakarta's concrete jungle? Take a day trip to the Thousand Islands, a cluster of 110 exquisite islands scattered in the Java Sea, just north of the city. Ferries and private shuttles whisk tourists to hot spots within this island chain from Marina Ancol every day. You can reach one of the closest Thousand Islands, Pulau Bidadari, in just 30 minutes from the ferry port. Highlights of the destination include rare trees, sandy beaches, and a 17th-century fort. You can also spend the night in an overwater bungalow.

7. Ancol Beach

Looking for a way to beat Jakarta's heat and humidity? Head north to the city's popular beach resort of Ancol. The expansive recreation area features a marina, sandy shore, and swimming pools where you can rent a sun lounger and cool off for the day. There's also a lovely promenade and boardwalk, which make great spots to watch the sunset.

8. Taman Mini Indonesia Park

Want to explore the history and culture of Indonesian people- Then Taman mini Indonesia Park is a must-visit place for you. The park has a spread of 250 acres and is full of heritage and traditions that make Indonesia stand out from the crowd. You will come across a number of themes pavilions. There is a detailed miniature of the archipelago of Indonesia, an IMAX cinema to enjoy some of the best movies running at the time of your visit, a traditional theatre that hosts regular events, and a cable car. Make sure you bring them to this wonderful place at least once on your trip.

9. Ragunan Zoo

Ragunan Zoo is a zoo located in South Jakarta that is the house of many unique animals. It is one of the favorite destinations of foreign and local visitors alike. Consisting of an aviary and a primate center, it provides a display of over 3000 animal specimens many of which are endangered. The zoo is educational for the children, hence a must-visit for families. Just make sure you put on plenty of insect repellent before you set foot in this zoo!

10. Dunia Fantasi

Dunia Fantasi literally means Fantasy World and it is as exciting as it sounds. It borrows the theme from Disneyland and offers rollercoasters and rides, especially for those who love getting an adrenaline rush. The theme park is quite huge in area, inclusive of beaches, water parks along with adventurous water sports. It is an enjoyable place for children and adults alike.

11. Jakarta Chinatown

If you are looking for places to visit in Jakarta at night, this is the right spot for you. Better known as Glodak among the locals, this area is known as the Chinatown of Jakarta. The Chinese immigrants have established their roots since they reached Jakarta in the 17th Century. The population of these immigrants is an important part of the city's history and thus you can consider it to be one of the historical places in Jakarta. The amazing traditional Chinese architecture, markets, temples, and amazing food make it one of the best places to visit in Jakarta.

12. Waterbom Jakarta

Waterbom Jakarta is a waterpark for children and adults. A perfect place to visit on a hot day, the waterpark is equipped with high-quality rides for children. There are some extreme rides with high slopes and great lengths for teenagers and adults as well, giving visitors a rush of adrenaline with its thrilling water sports and activities.

13. Taman Anggrek Mall

Taman Anggrek Mall translates to "Orchid Garden Mall" which is named so because there used to be a huge orchid garden at the site of the mall before it was built. It is the largest mall in Indonesia to date and it attracts a huge crowd on a daily basis. It is highly recommended to visit the ice-skating rink, Southeast Asia's first indoor ice rink.

14. Grand Indonesia Mall

Grand Indonesia Mall is a one-stop shop for everything one needs after a tiring week. The place is a hub for entertainment, food, recreational and fun activities. Other than a variety of international brands that one can find here, the mall also represents the rich culture of Indonesia and its contemporary forms which are becoming quite popular nowadays. Visiting Grand Indonesia Mall on a spare evening while exploring Jakarta is recommended to tourists.

15. Senayan City Shopping Mall

For the shopaholic souls out there, Senayan City Shopping Mall is one of the popular tourist attractions in Jakarta that is home to all the exclusive luxury brands. This is one of the oldest malls that can be found in Jakarta and is a major part of the list of all the iconic landmarks in this destination.

Appealing to both locals and tourists alike, this complex in which the seven floors tall shopping mall can be visited is actually also an apartment tower, an office, and a five-star hotel property. The extensive number of restaurants and eateries along with other services and facilities simply add to an already extraordinary experience.

Besides this, there is much more to explore in Jakarta!!!

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