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Updated by Lucie Aurore on Mar 31, 2015
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Best Popular Tourist Attractions in Jakarta – travel through Jakarta

Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia, is one of Southeast Asia's global cities. This rapidly developing city is known for its vibrant fusion of traditional and contemporary culture and unique attractions, making it an exotic and intriguing destination for tourists. There are many attractions in Jakarta that are worth visiting, however, the following are 'must-see' attractions by anyone visiting Jakarta.


The National Monument

The most culturally and historically significant attraction in Jakarta is the National Monument. Located in the centre of Merdeka Square, this monument symbolizes the struggle faced by Indonesians to create an independent and free Indonesia. The monument consists of a 132m tall column rising from a foundation block. On top of the column lies a gold plated structure, which resembles a torch. The outer yard of the monument contains numerous reliefs which depict various significant chapters in Indonesia's struggle for independence. In the evenings, lights are projected to the column of the National Monument, which truly is an awe-inspiring sight. The National History Museum is also located in close proximity to the National Monument, and houses and range of historic artifacts and diaromas.


Taman Mini Indonesia Indah

Literally translating to 'Miniature Park of Indonesia', Taman Mini Indonesia Indah is one of the most unique cultural attractions Jakarta has to offer. This park is considered to be the tourist attraction with the largest landscape in Jakarta, and offers an amazing preview of the culture of Indonesia. The park is home to numerous museums and attractions showcasing Indonesian culture, traditions, lifestyle, arts and crafts, engineering, and many cultural artifacts. A highlight of the park is that it contains a pavilion which represents each province on the map of Indonesia, which showcases its culture and identity. With all these highlights, Taman Mini Indonesia Indah is sure to give you a memorable experience.



Ancol is Jakarta's premier beach park. Although the beach itself is not of much beauty or significance, Ancol is home to many attractions, making it one of the hottest tourist spots in Jakarta. Within the Ancol complex you will find an exciting amusement park, a miniature golf course, numerous restaurants and pubs, and even a few nightclubs! Apart from these highlights, Ancol is also a hit with photographers which wish to capture the sunset, or the life of Jakarta. Of the many luxury hotels and resorts in Jakarta, a Jakarta city hotel which is known for its excellent service and warm hospitality is the Alila Jakarta from where this popular beach park can be conveniently reached.


Jakarta Old Town

Old Town is a small area in Jakarta known for its old buildings and great tourist culture. Old Town, also known as Old Bavaria, is home to some of Jakarta's oldest buildings, which boast amazing architectural features. Old Town is also home to some of the most interesting museums of Jakarta, such as the Jakarta History Museum, the Museum of Puppets, and the Museum of Fine Art and Ceramic. Old Town is also a great place to snap some great shots of old architectural buildings, as well as to witness the tourist culture of Jakarta.


The Istaqlal Mosque and the Catholic Cathedral

These two iconic landmarks are a symbol of religious unity, as they stand facing each other yet value different religious principles. The Istaqlal Mosque is the largest mosque in Indonesia, and even claimed to be the largest mosque in Southeast Asia. The Catholic Cathedral, on the other hand, is a typical Gothic style structure with all the traditional features of a Gothic style church. The peace surrounding around these two landmarks, their spiritual ambiance, and amazing architecture, makes a visit to the Istaqlal Mosque and Catholic Church a truly memorable and spiritual experience.