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Top things to do in Jakarta - the list is endless

Jakarta is the capital city of Indonesia, and a true megalopolis. Packed with a plethora of sights and sounds, this fascinating city houses something of interest to even the most discerning traveller. Due to the sheer magnitude of attractions and things to do, it pays to have a list at hand so that you have a clear plan of action when you arrive in the city. Here are some of the top things to do in Jakarta:

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National Museum

National Museum

Built in 1862, the National Museum’s large collection of artefacts starts with a gigantic 4.5m stone image of a Bhairawa king trampling human skulls. The ethnology section is filled with Dayak puppets, a variety of textiles and wooden statues. Other highlights include models of the origins of mankind in Indonesia, gold treasure from Java consisting of jewellery and a bowl depicting scenes from the Indian epic, Ramayana and a number of other items. In the city of Jakarta, hotel options are aplenty. Consider staying at Alila Jakarta for luxurious accommodation and to be placed within close proximity to the city’s highlights such as the National Museum.

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Taman Mini Indonesia Indah

Taman Mini Indonesia Indah

Loosely translated as ‘whole country in one park’, this 2,400-acre park has built-to-scale traditional houses representing each of the country’s provinces. They are supplemented by regional clothing and handicrafts. You will also see a mini-scale Borobudur, beautiful orchid garden, museums, theatres and an IMAX cinema.

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Flea market

Flea market

The city’s world-famous flea market in Menteng is an absolute treat for shopaholics. You can find an array of items such as furniture, clothing, jewellery, vinyl records, woodcarvings, other souvenirs and even antiques (check authenticity before buying). Put your bargaining skills to use to secure unbelievable discounts.

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Jin De Yuan

Jin De Yuan

One of the most important in Jakarta, this huge Chinese Buddhist Temple was built back in 1755. Its unusually designed roof is crowned by two dragons consuming pearls. The interiors are richly decorated and include a number of Buddhist statues, bells, drums and fascinating calligraphy.

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Ancol Dreamland

Ancol Dreamland

A haven that takes you away from the hustle of life, Ancol Dreamland is packed with attractions and is open for 24 hours. It showcases an amusement park, Fantasy World, Atlantis Water Adventure, Ocean Dream Samudra, Sea World, Art Market, golf course, bowling alleys, paintball arena and space for wakeboarding.

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National Monument

National Monument

The National Monument Tower stands in the Jakarta city centre (Merdeka Square) and symbolises the struggle for independence. It stands at 132m and took 14 years to complete from 1961.

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Jakarta Arts Theatre

Jakarta Arts Theatre

Locally known as Gedung Kesenian Jakarta, this concert hall is located near the Istiqlal Mosque and was built during the Dutch colonial period. The theatre is a true treat for those who love the arts as it has a variety of art programmes such as theatrical and musical performances.

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Shopping

Shopping

Jakarta is a shopper’s paradise and boasts a number of malls and shopping centres. Take your pick from a plethora of options that range from high end stores to bargain markets. For top end goods check out Plaza Indonesia of FX mall and Grand Indonesia. Mangga Dua is great for imitation items. Blok M is the place for shoes, clothing, bags and accessories. To purchase souvenirs and household items visit Pasar Ikan.