A JAKARTA TRAVEL GUIDE BY LONELY PLANET & EXPEDIA
"One of the world’s greatest megalopolises, Jakarta is a dynamic and vibrant city. Its chaotic charm and juxtapositions can be found on every street." — LONELY PLANET
"An organism unto itself, Jakarta is a town in the midst of a very public metamorphosis and, despite the maddening traffic, life here is lived at speed, driven by an industriousness and optimism that's palpable. With this fast developing pace come challenges. It's no oil painting, yet beneath the new high-rises, relentless concrete, gridlocked streets, smattering of slums and a persistent blanket of smog, Jakarta has plenty of pleasant surprises, including a world-class food and coffee scene. Its citizens – even the poorest among them – remain good-natured and positive, and compared to many world capitals, crime levels are low." — LONELY PLANET
CITY OF CONTRASTS
"From the steamy, potent streets of Chinatown and Glodok to Kota’s vestiges of a colonial past, the old city is the prequel to Jakarta's development. The newer Merdeka Square is where Indonesia presents the face it wants the world to see: bold and confident. Further south, luxurious mega-developments are plopped next to humble neighborhoods, with pockets of emerging art scenes and bohemian coffee shops. Across the city it’s possible to rub shoulders with Indonesia’s future leaders and thinkers in sleek restaurants and roof-top bars." — LONELY PLANET
"In Jakarta, you can find all of Indonesia. It’s not just that people pour in from all corners looking for a better life (as they’ve done for centuries), it’s that they bring along their wonderful melange of cultures, beliefs and desires from the nation’s 17,000 islands. Walk down an alley with food stalls and you’ll find a huge diversity of flavours, while the glitzy malls and hotels offer fine dining from around the archipelago and the world. Meanwhile, goods come in from all over and are sold at shops and on street corners around the clock." — LONELY PLANET
"Jakarta is where Indonesia puts on its best face. It has the country’s top museums, the greatest diversity of restaurants and public spaces in countless shopping malls that rival anything in Singapore or Bangkok." — LONELY PLANET
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF INDONESIA
The National Museum provides visitors an insight into Indonesia’s long history in cultural heritage from prehistoric days up to today.
Indonesia’s first modern and contemporary art museum, containing famous works from world-renowned artists such as Andy Warhol, Yayoi Kusama, and Damien Hirst.
MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS AND CERAMICS
The museum is dedicated to the display of traditional fine art and ceramics of Indonesia.
The Monas was built to symbolize the long and arduous fight for Indonesian independence against colonial powers
The former hub of the Dutch East Indies capital, explore Jakarta's colonial roots at Kota Tua.
The St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral is Indonesia's only neo-Gothic structure, built during the Dutch colonial period.
GRAND ISTIQLAL MOSQUE
Opened by Indonesia's first President, Soekarno, the Istiqlal Mosque is the largest mosque in South East Asia. It's located next to the Cathedral to symbolize Indonesia's religious harmony.
Taman Mini is a culture-based recreational area, and consist of 26 exclusive replicas of traditional houses of chieftains found throughout the Indonesian archipelago