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Things to see in Jakarta - Top Attractions Indonesia Capital Jakarta

Often dubbed the pride of Indonesia Jakarta is a city brimming with engaging attractions both old and new. From sprawling theme parks to iconic monuments here are Jakarta's must-see highlights.
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The National Monument

The National Monument
Popularly known as Monas the National Monument is a must-visit highlight for all visitors touring the capital as the venue is one of the city's most coveted landmarks and revered as an icon of the city. Towering above the surrounding landscape Monas peak is a gold plated point that is visible from all corners of Jakarta. Also known as a premier entertainment hub in Jakarta the venue is a popular art and cultural epicentre where visitors and locals can enjoy performances and showcases free of charge. Housed within the complex is the Museum Gajah Mada. Celebrating the cultural heritage and artistic prowess of Indonesia the museum also showcases various historic relics and archeological finds in the country.
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Taman Mini Indonesia Indah

Taman Mini Indonesia Indah
Perfect for those who are visiting Indonesia for a limited time period Taman Mini Indonesia Indah is the best venue to uncover all of the country's historic, cultural and architectural attractions in one venue. As the country's foremost miniature park the locale explores the gamut of Indonesian cultural diversity with model homes, costumes, artistic performances and sacred sites hailing from the country's 33 provinces. Home to several illustrious museums including a craft museum, engineering museum as well as museums dedicated to wildlife in terms of birds and reptiles endemic to the country the locale is also the home of the Keong Mas theatres. Often regarded as the first choice for hosting national cultural and art festivals a tour of this intriguing Jakarta attraction is a must for first time visitors.
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Jakarta Old Town

Jakarta Old Town
Tipped to be one of the capital's most breathtaking quarters, Old Batavia or Jakarta Old Town takes visitors back to the charm and wonder of the city's colonial towns that are spread out across an area of 1.3km2. Encompassing areas of Western and Northern Jakarta including Taman Sari, and Roa Malacca Pinangsia Jakarta Old Town is littered with structures denoting the country's Dutch and Chinese colonial periods. Several museums, historic structures and retail options are also available in the area while recreational and entertainment points of interest are also available. Tours of Old Batvia can be booked through any 5 star hotel Jakarta counts among its reputable rests.
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Ragunan Zoo

Ragunan Zoo
As the first wildlife enclosure in the country Ragunan Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in Asia which was established as far back as 1864. Spread out across 140 ha area the zoo is a popular family attraction is now home to more than 4040 animal inhabitants belonging to over 295 species.
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Ancol Dreamland

Ancol Dreamland
A beloved fixture in Jakarta since it was first set up as early as 1966 Ancol Dreamland is Jakarta's version of Disneyland and is the most expansive and popular theme park and recreational hub in the capital. Divided in to various pleasure zones the must-experience highlights at Ancol Dreamland include Dunia Fantasi or Fantasy World which features more than 40 thrilling rides including mind-blowing rollercoasters. The 5-hectare Atlantis Water Adventure is equally engaging with its waterfall pools, kids pools and river pools while other points of interest include Sea World, and the Pasar Seni art thoroughfare and is 18 hole international golf course. Several beaches are also found within this expansive enclave with Festival beach and Carnival Beach being the most visited beaches in the park. Visitors based in Keraton at The Plaza, Jakarta or similar well-situated hotels in Jakarta will enjoy easy access to Ancol and other attractions in the city.