Jakarta is the second largest urban agglomeration in the world, a mass of humanity, a melting pot of cultures that can, at times, be overwhelming but which is also very exciting. If you can get over the assault on the senses then Jakarta is a place with many attractions, that can help you understand the true modern country of Indonesia and its people. Here are ten of the things you should try to see on any visit to the city:
National Museum of Indonesia:
This fascinating museum can shed some light on this part of world through a great collection of intriguing artefacts and art pieces collated from around the country.
This well-known monument at the heart of the city symbolises the country’s struggle for independence and the strength of its people. It was commissioned by Sokarno and is jocularly referred to as his ‘last erection’ in reference to his philandering ways.
Taman Mini Indonesia Indah:
This theme part collates structures in the style of each of the provinces of Indonesia around a central man-made lake on which you can take gondola rides. There are also a number of museums and other attractions to be found here.
This is a collection of textiles from the various different islands of Indonesia. It is located near the bustling textile wholesale market and is housed in an elegant mansion dating from the Dutch colonial days.
Jakarta History Museum:
In this 18th century building you can find a wealth of information about Jakarta’s history from its earliest roots to the present day and see a range of interesting exhibits.
Wayang is a form of Javanese puppetry that is celebrated in this museum which has one of the best collections of wayang puppets in Java. Puppets, dolls, sculptures and paintings showcase this age-old artform.
This maritime museum is located in an old warehouse in the chaos of the fish market in the old port area of the city. See wooden schooners docking in the port and then head indoors to discover more about the city’s maritime history.
Museum of Fine Arts and Ceramics:
This fantastic museum houses works of art by some of Indonesia’s premier artists and showcases the talent and variety of Indonesian decorative art and applied design.
This Roman Catholic Cathedral was founded in 1901. It has been restored to its former glory and it is in a Neo-Gothic style. It has three spires and three altars.
This mosque is the largest mosque in south-east Asia. It was built in the 1970s and is large enough to hold a quarter of a million worshippers in one go.
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