Far in the northern part, in Kota, one can see the city’s best colonial structure. Then there is the Ancol Amusement Park. This amusement park is particularly a favorite of children who seem to have a great time here in the Sea World. It is at the same time very enjoyable to the adults. This place is very appropriate for spending quality time with family and friends.
At the top of the main north-south street of the city is the National Monument. Around this place cheaper accommodation is easily found. The main hotels and the financial district lie at the very center of the city. A very populated river called Ciliwung divides the financial center.
For all city lovers Jakarta would present a densely populated city. They would enjoy spending time at the various parts and hot-spots of the city and shop around. But those who love to get away from a populated urban center this place would not prove to be so attractive. They need to make their plan avoiding the stay at the capital. This might be just a stop for a day or two during the entire trip but not a longer stay.
Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia and the largest city in the whole of Southeast Asia, despite being a heavily polluted city with nightmarish traffic, makes for a good visit because it is a city full of lively shopping areas and electrifying nightlife. Jakarta is Indonesia’s economic and cultural hub; the culture from all over Indonesia is one of the best things to enjoy in Jakarta.
In ancient and medieval times, Jakarta and surrounding areas were ruled by various kingdoms such as Tarumanagara, Sunda, Srivijaya and Demak.
Jakarta fell to the Dutch in 1619 and was conquered from them by Indonesian nationalists during the Indonesian war of independence. During its long history, Jakarta has had various names like SundaKelapa, Jayakarta and Batavia.
Jakarta witnessed deadly riots in 1998 and annual bombings from 2000 to 2005. There has been peace for a few years now and the local people remain some of the most hospitable and friendly people in the world.