This extravagantly beautiful mosque sits on nine and a half hectares of land. Incredibly, President Soekarnoto chose a Christian architect to design it. Construction lasted from 1961 to 1967, but its official opening did not occur until 1978. One of the largest mosques in Southeast Asia, Mesjid Istiqlal can accommodate more than 10,000 people and 800 vehicles. It comprises five levels, and its walls, walkways and floors are almost entirely covered with marble from Tulungagung, East Java.
Situated on 120 hectares of land in the east of Jakarta, this unique complex offers visitors with limited time and the opportunity to see all of Indonesia's 27 provinces in an afternoon! The complex features life-sized replicas of traditional architecture from each province, a miniature version of the Indonesian archipelago, a series of museums and a number of well-maintained parks and gardens. The park's centerpiece is a beautiful artificial lake. The complex was the brainchild of Madam Tien Soeharto, the late Indonesian first lady.
Designed in a neo-gothic style, this cathedral was finally completed in 1901, after almost a decade of idle time due to financial difficulties. Beautifully decorated with holy pictures and figures, it is said to be the largest and most unique center of Catholicism in Jakarta. A small history museum on the second floor of the tower exhibits various artifacts and memorabilia related to the church. A small candle factory is located behind the grotto.
Bearing an enormous scale of 132 meters (433 feet), and topped with flame-shaped gold of monumental proportions, this imposing obelisk is an emblematic landmark of Jakarta. Construction of the monument started in 1961 under President Soekarno but was not completed until 1975, under President Soeharto. Taking pride of place in the heart of the city, this obelisk serves as a solemn tribute to the country's unfettered, long-standing journey towards independence. Dominating Jakarta's scintillating skyline, the national monument's design philosophy is deeply entrenched in ancient Indonesian ideologies, hence being rooted in its history, whilst also keeping up with the contemporary times. Inside the monument is the National History Museum, The Freedom Hall, which depicts Indonesia's struggle for independence through a series of dioramas, whereas the Hall of Contemplation displays the original Declaration of Independence document and a recording of the speech. An elevator takes one to the observation platform, which commands a bird's-eye view of the city.
The Batavian Society of the Arts and Sciences was established on this site in 1778; however, due to its rapid growth, the building was transformed into a museum in 1862. Having officially opened its doors in 1868, the museum journeys through the iconic timelines of the country. Cradled in the heart of Central Jakarta, this museum is a moving window into Indonesia's rich history and its indelible cultural heritage. Dubbed as the 'Elephant Building' due to the glorious, bronze-built elephant sculpture fronting it, this museum is as much a symbol of historical insights as it is of architectural magnificence. Spanning the fields of anthropology, numismatics, archaeology, history, and prehistory, this elaborate museum is home to exquisite collections which include ancient ceramics, an extensive line of batik-printed textiles, dazzling ornamentation and stone statues which are soulful vestiges of the Buddhist epoch. With an extensive focus on research, education, and conservation, the museum now has a new section called 'Gedung Arca', which houses a number of permanent exhibits that chronicle the many cultural nuances of the country.
This colossal recreational resort faces the enchanting Jakarta Bay. An erstwhile marshland that lay neglected for years was transformed into one of Jakarta's leading entertainment hubs in 1966. The brainchild of President Sukarno, this sprawling center has been a local favorite ever since its inception. The complex spans an area of 552 hectares (1364 acres), sheltering within its sweeping spread an array of attractions and experiences. From the Ocean Dream Samudra to Pasar Seni's art markets, to golf parks and beach venues, Ancol is awash in themes of fun, frolic, culture and outdoor adventure for adults and children alike. The crown jewel however, is the Dunia Fantasi or Fantasy World, a seafront amusement park that features over 40 thrilling rides.
Founded more than thirty years ago, and located inside The National Museum, this organization consists of volunteers committed to educating the public on the importance of preserving Indonesian heritage, arts and culture. Activities include the cataloging and translation of museum artifacts and archival records, the provision of museum tours, the running of a reference library (located at Sentral Plaza 1), the presentation of cultural programs and lectures, the organization of study groups and the sponsorship of study tours. The society publishes periodicals, guidebooks, calenders and note cards to raise money and promote its goals.
Jakarta is known for its shining, sky-high skyscrapers, vibrant nightlife and great food and coffee. However, like most developing cities in the world, it also faces issues related to poverty. Ronny Poluan, a social activist and documentary filmmaker, organizes tours through the slums that exist within the bustling and rich landscape of the city. His aim is to bring awareness among the locals and tourists alike of the hardships faced by the slum dwellers and do his bit in raising funds for their food, housing, and children's education. Most of the tour fees are diverted towards this cause. Five tours are available, namely, Minima, Social Humanity, Ciliwung, Kampong, and Maxima. Each begins at a meeting place mentioned on the website, and takes you through the different slums where you can understand local history, present issues as well as interact directly with the residents.
They say the best way to experience any city is to take a walk through its streets, talk to its people, and soak in its culture. With the same aim, Walkindies Travel Co organizes walking and private tours through different cities in Indonesia, including Jakarta. The tours are operational from Monday to Saturday and cover various parts of the city either completely on foot or via coach. Whether you are interested in the history or culture of the city or are the adventurous or leisure type, you will like the well-organized tours. The walking tours include A Walk in Batavia, Harmony in Weltevreden, and City Outside The Wall. Royal Garden Buitenzorg, Jakarta Sightseeing Tours, and Teawalk & Safari are featured in the private coach tours.
Built as a bamboo structure in 1822 and renovated to its present state in 1829, this is the only Anglican Church in Indonesia. Located across the street from the Farmer's Statue, the church stands behind a double metal gate. The tombstone of Lieutenant Colonel William Campbell, who passed away in 1811, lies in the churchyard. Inside the church, you will find two small windows painted by Lieutenant Commander H.C. Upton. These once adorned a chapel in Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta. Admission is free, but permission is required.
Claimed to be one of the finest art spaces in the city, Museum MACAN features some of the most impressive works of modern art. This unique art space digs deep into the world of modern art, thorough a collection intriguing works that throw light on a vast number of cultural, historical and social situations of the country. Apart from its permanent art collection, the museum also doubles up as an educational venue, playing host to numerous workshops and exhibitions wherein various topics of art and culture are left open for discussion.
Built in 1829, this mosque features a fusion of Moorish and colonial architecture, evident from the pillars on the upper floor and the curved windows. One of Jakarta's oldest historical landmarks, it comprises two floors measuring eight by 24 meters and still functions today as a place of worship. It also draws many curious tourists, who are permitted to look around from the foyer. The first story houses the caretaker's living quarters. Dress modestly, and remove shoes before entering. Women must wear head scarves.