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Experience and Explore the Popular Attractions in Jakarta, Indonesia - The Highlights and the Hidden Treasures

Jakarta is a sprawling metropolis that is a lovely mix of tall towers and holy places that showcase the city's culture and history. This capital is unique and has many attractions and things to do.

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Taman Mini Indonesian Park

Located in East Jakarta, this theme park is a great place to spend a day at, especially for families with children. The cultural diversity of Indonesia is clearly depicted in this park, with performances, architecture, traditional outfits and arts on display. The main attractions inside the park is a massive man-made lake and mimic the archipelago in a miniature scale, you can look over the lake while you travel in a cable car above.

2

Ancol Dreamland

Locally known as Taman Impian Jaya Ancol, this is a great tourist resort on the Jakarta bay and houses a few amusement parks, making it a fun place for all ages. This unique educational theme park used to be a Sea World and is easily accessible from any Jakarta city hotel. The thrill rides in the theme park attract many as it gives you an adrenaline rush and a truly unforgettable experience.

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Indonesia National Gallery

This is a prominent part of any sightseeing tour of Jakarta and has good reason to be. Located right next to the iconic landmarks of the city, this museum is a heaven for history buffs as they can get a cultural education while they relax in the air conditioned building. The entry to the museum is free and the spacious halls and galleries display works of great classical artists like the late Raden Slah, with his graphic Indonesian landscape paintings. The Indonesia National Gallery is open from Tuesday to Sunday and at 9am. The gallery is close to the main parts of the city and if you're staying at a place like Alila Jakarta, this place is about 20 minutes away.

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Jakarta Old Town

Another name for this town is Kota Tua, and if you ever have the urge to know what Indonesia was like in the era bygone, a walk through this old town is a must. Nostalgia is a common vibe in this part of Jakarta and some of the best examples of Dutch colonial architecture can be found here. The Old Town is also a good place to get your souvenir shopping done as you'd see old fashioned shops filled to the brim with antique knick knacks and necessities.

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Ragunan Zoo, Jakarta

The Indonesian name for this zoo is Kebun Binatang Ragunan and it is the biggest animal park in all of Southeast Asia. Home to over 400 types of animals, you can also find some species that are indigenous to Indonesia. There are different sections for the types of animals like the reptiles, mammals, birds and also an open land ecosystem of wetlands. The mesmerising animals in the zoo are the Komodo dragons, orangutans and the Sumatran tiger. The talking parrots are most loved by children and there is also a playground for the young ones, complete with swings and climbing frames.