Main Attractions and Sights in Jakarta

Monas (National Monument) is Jakarta’s most famous landmark. Standing 137 metres tall, it is located in the centre of LapanganMerdeka (Freedom Square).

It offers an excellent view of the city from its observation deck. Located nearby is Southeast Asia’s largest mosque, the Istiqlal Mosque. The Presidential Palace located just to the north of Monas is open to the general public, on weekends. The nearby Paleis van Daendels is also worth a visit for its colonial architecture, though visitors are not allowed inside.

Bundaran HI, situated in Central Jakarta, is a large fountain, with a statue. It is very close to the largest malls in the city.

Jakarta Arts Theatre (GedungKesenian Jakarta) showcases performances by local as well as visiting artists.

Museum Nasional has a varied collection of artifacts, including Hindu Javanese art and Southeast Asian ceramics.

Kota Tua (the Old Town), north of Jakarta, retains a Dutch colonial air. It has a big square, cafes and museums.

Jembatan Kota Intan is the only remaining drawbridge of the city of Batavia (as Jakarta was known by the Dutch colonists).

The old Sunda Kelapa Port is still a bustling harbor for trade between the islands of Indonesia. The last remaining wind-powered schooners in the world can be found here.

Animal enthusiasts can visit the Ragunan Zoo in South Jakarta, which has about 3,600 wildlife species from all over the country.

Jakarta’s vibrant nightlife, among Asia’s best, is not to be missed at any cost. The clubbing scene in Jakarta caters to all kinds of tastes. Blok M in South Jakarta is a very popular nightlife district. The Kota area in the north has many karaoke bars and nightclubs, but is considered a very shady area, especially after midnight.

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