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Top Things to Do in Jakarta in 2023 – A City That Never Sleeps!

Jakarta is a vibrant metropolis that offers visitors a fascinating mix of attractions. If you are planning a trip to Jakarta in 2023, here are some of the top things to do in this exciting city.


Explore Old Batavia

Dating back to the Dutch colonial era, Old Batavia, also known as Kota Tua, is a historic district in Jakarta. You can find some well-preserved colonial buildings here, including the Jakarta History Museum, the Old Dutch Church, and the Fatahillah Square. You can stroll around cobblestone streets, visit the museums, and savour some street food.


Visit the National Monument

One of the most iconic landmarks in Jakarta is the National Monument or Monas, a towering monument that stands 132 metres tall. Located in the heart of the city, Monas is a symbol of Indonesia's struggle for independence and is a must-visit attraction for anyone visiting Jakarta. You can take an elevator to the top of the monument and enjoy the incredible views of the city. The monument is located only 10 minutes from Ascott Jakarta that offers a series of Jakarta furnished apartments.


Shop at Pasar Baru

Pasar Baru is one of Jakarta's oldest and busiest markets, known for its wide variety of goods that includes textiles, clothing, shoes, and souvenirs. You should visit the market to find unique treasures while exploring the narrow alleyways.


Enjoy the nightlife

With plenty of bars, clubs, and lounges to choose from, Jakarta offers a vibrant nightlife for you to enjoy. You can dance, enjoy live music, and indulge in delicious food and drinks.


Visit Taman Mini Indonesia Indah

Also called Beautiful Indonesia Miniature Park, Taman Mini Indonesia Indah is a cultural park that showcases Indonesia's diverse culture and heritage. You can explore the park's many pavilions, each representing different regions of Indonesia, and learn about their unique customs, traditions, and artefacts.


Visit the Thousand Islands

To enjoy white sandy beaches, clear blue skies, and water sports, visit the Thousand Islands. Located just a short boat ride from Jakarta, Thousand Islands or Kepulauan Seribu, is a stunning archipelago with just 110 islands, each with its unique beauty and charm.


Experience Jakarta's street food

Jakarta offers a diverse and delicious culinary experience. You should try traditional Indonesian dishes like nasi goreng, satay, and gado-gado, and you can also find a variety of international favourites like pizza.


Visit the Istiqlal Mosque and Cathedral

The largest mosque in Southeast Asia, the Istiqlal Mosque is a testament to Indonesia's religious diversity. Right across from the mosque is the Jakarta Cathedral, a beautiful neo-Gothic cathedral that was built during the Dutch colonial period. You can explore both places of worship and admire their impressive architecture.


Learn about Indonesian art at the National Gallery

The National Gallery of Indonesia is a museum that showcases Indonesian art, from traditional to contemporary. There’s an impressive collection of paintings, sculptures, and other artwork that reflects the country's rich artistic heritage.


Visit the Ragunan Zoo

A popular attraction for families and animal lovers, Ragunan Zoo is home to over 3,600 animals from 270 species, including elephants, tigers, and Komodo dragons. There’s also a botanical garden you can enjoy, and don’t forget to take in the serene beauty of the lake found here.