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Must Visit Attractions in Jakarta - Uncover Jakarta's Most Visited Tourist Hotspots

As Indonesia's bustling capital city Jakarta is home to some of the country's most iconic landmarks and attractions. Here are some of Jakarta's must-visit destinations for first-time visitors.


Museum TMII

Often described as a one-stop cultural epicentre for all things Indonesian, Museum TMII is a one of a kind cultural enclave which aims to showcase all of the country's diverse historic, cultural and ethnic attributes in one awe-inspiring space. Highlighting the architectural styles and cultural features of the countries more than 32 provinces the museum also showcases artistic performances and dance recitals that represent the various principle schools of music and dance in the country.


Pulau Seribu

Popularly known as Seribu Island, this scenic getaway is the preferred haunt of Jakarta residents during public holidays and weekends. As the island that is most accessible to the country's capital Seribu provides a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of cosmopolitan life in Jakarta and visitors can experience the beauty of the island and its many activities for themselves. Must-try activities on the island include scuba diving and snorkelling.


The National Monument

Simply known as Monas, the National Monument of Indonesia is another popular stopover for tourists exploring Jakarta. Towering above the surrounding landscapes at a height of 137m the marble-clad obelisk contains a golden flame at its summit. Made up of 35kg of solid gold the monument was erected to showcase the Indonesian people's will to gain independence. Occupying a proud place opposite the Presidential Palace visitors can take the lift to the top and enjoy some of the most picturesque views of Jakarta from atop its observation deck.


Seaworld Ancol

Tucked away near Tanjung Priok and Kota on either side Seaworld Ancol is perhaps the single most visited tourist hub in all of Jakarta. Spread out across a whopping 300 hectares the massive water park and entertainment epicentre is home to countless recreational points of interest including a bowling alley, sports centres, its own theatre and accommodation providers. A family-friendly attraction of truly grand proportions Seaworld Ancol's main draws includes the Art Market and of course Seaworld. Dunia Fantasi also known as Fantasy World is also part of the compound and includes a plethora of mind-blowing rides as well as attractions including a Ferris wheel and the famed Halilintar roller coaster.


Shopping Hubs

No visit to the Indonesian capital is complete without hitting its best malls & department stores while bargain hunters can scour the local thoroughfares and wholesale markets for discounted and affordable goods. Highlights include the Tanah Abang wholesale market where clothing and accessories are available at slashed rates while mall fanatics must stop-over for some retail therapy at Plaza Senayan and Plaza Indonesia. Electronics and computer wares are available at the Mangga DuaMall while mid-range fashion items and clothing are available at the Blok M Mall. Visitors based at the Ascott Jakarta or at another convenient service apartment in Jakarta will enjoy easy access to these retail spaces.


Maritime Museum

Maritime Museum
Housed within what was once the premier trading post for Dutch East Indies Company during colonial times the Maritime Museum is another attraction worthy of exploration when in Jakarta. Documenting the country's maritime heritage with larger than life exhibits which include massive boat models hailing from different islands in the archipelago one of the key highlights at the venue is the ancient harbourmaster's tower located next to the museum.