You might be lost where is Indonesia especially Jakarta. No worries, there is a special place in which you still have not been at or even have not heard of, yet. Jakarta will surprise you with a number of reasons to visit.
Jakarta, formerly Batavia (until 1949) or Djakarta (1949-1972), is the capital and the largest city of Indonesia, home to over 10 million people with diverse ethnic group background from all over Indonesia. Located on the northwest of Java Island, the province of DKI Jakarta has rapidly expanded through the years. It is considered as the oldest city in Indonesia inhabited since 5 A.D by the Tarumanegara Empire. It is a tropical, humid city, with annual temperatures ranging between 20° and 34 °C and a relative humidity between 75 and 85 percent.
Jakarta is not only the seat of the national government and the provincial government, but it is also Indonesia’s political center. Moreover, Jakarta is the hub of Indonesia’s national finance and trade. It is no wonder, that you will find Jakarta as a dynamic city, with around the clock activities throughout its populated area. Divided into 6 districts, namely Jakarta Pusat, Jakarta Utara, Jakarta Barat, Jakarta Timur, Jakarta Selatan, and Kepulauan Seribu. The nearby areas surrounding the capital is called the Greater Jakarta Area or Jabodetabek, which refers to Jakarta-Bogor-Depok-Tangerang-Bekasi.
There are many destinations to choose from. Such as, the amazing historical heritage that is Museum Fatahillah and its surrounding Kota Tua or Old Jakarta district, where you can ride a classic bike to tour the area. For those who enjoy contemporary art, there is a new iconic destination located in West Jakarta, named Museum Macan, where numbers of contemporary artworks from local and international artists are displayed. In East Jakarta, you can visit Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, the miniature of Indonesia’s large and diverse archipelago. Here, you can explore the details of traditional houses and catch a glimpse of Indonesia’s diverse culture in this park. When visiting South Jakarta, make sure to drop by at Setu Babakan and get to know the story of Betawi culture, the native ethnic group of Jakarta. There are museums and traditional Betawi houses with many activities that you can experience, such as getting to know the traditional dance and music, tasting the local beverage of Bir Pletok, have a bite of Kerak Telor and making small ondel ondel, the iconic figure of Jakarta!
All parts of Jakarta are studded with their own culinary icons and trending coffee sh ops to spend the day in. Here, you can easily find the five national foods, namely Nasi Goreng, Gado-gado, Soto, Sate, and Rendang. And of course tons of great and diverse food and cultures can easily be found here in Jakarta.
Since Jakarta is Located in the middle of Indonesia, it is very easy and affordable to discover more about Indonesia. You can easily went to Bali by plane for 55 USD roundtrip. Go to Yogyakarta by train for 30 USD roundtrip. Or go by bus to Bandung for 10 USD roundtrip. There are plenty of affordable and interesting choices for you to have a decent memorable holiday here in Indonesia.