With a growing population of over 10 million people, diverse ethnicity, and rapid economic growth, Jakarta is known as the capital city of the Republic of Indonesia. The city has become so large that it was divided into five districts which are connected by a combination of wide and smaller streets. Living up to the expectation, the grand city of Jakarta is home to many iconic landmarks such as the Merdeka Palace, Istiqlal Mosque, The National Museum, and Monas. As you go deeper into the heart of the city, you’ll find the biggest and most prestigious shopping malls, hotels, markets, and restaurants you’ll find in Indonesia.
With such a huge city, thinking about the things you should do first can be a bit overwhelming. This article aims to help you with just that! Continue reading below for the best things to do in Jakarta, Indonesia.
1. Check out the gorgeous beaches at The Thousand Islands
The Thousand Islands are a chain of 110 islands, even though the islands may not exactly be numbering to a thousand. The islands in the area are still a marvelous place to visit and with beaches to enjoy. Trying to visit all 110 islands at a short time is probably not going to be the trip you would want. If you would want to get the most out of your time, you should minimize the number of islands you visit. You only really need to visit 10 of the islands to have the full experience. These islands are as follows Pari, Onrust, Ayer, Bidadari, Tidung, Pramuka, Sepa, Pelangi, Macan, and Putri. All the 10 islands have their unique attractions mostly centered on sightseeing, snorkeling, swimming, food adventures, and picture taking.
The Thousand Islands
Address: The Thousand Islands, Jakarta, Indonesia
2. Tour the National Museum Jakarta
Known as the pride of Jakarta, the National Museum is a place that houses an outstanding 109,342 objects that covers Indonesia’s historical relics, prehistory, geography, and archaeology. Their collections also include stone inscriptions and statues that date way back to the first century AD. If you are interested in learning about Indonesia’s history, culture, and traditions, the National Museum is certainly the right place for you to explore and learn.
National Museum Jakarta
Address: Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat No.12, Gambir, Kecamatan Gambir, Kota Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10110, Indonesia
Website: National Museum Jakarta
Opening hours: Tue - Fri: 8am - 4pm; Sat - Sun: 8am - 5pm (closed on Mon)
3. Go shopping at Taman Anggrek Mall
Mall Taman Anggrek is one of the most luxurious malls you can find in Jakarta. The mall has over 500 shops located in different areas on the seven floors of the mall. Whatever thing you may need whether it be clothes, shoes, appliances, furniture, toys, gadgets, food, drinks, or services, there is a big chance that you can find them all at Mall Taman Anggrek. If you love the idea of shop-till-you-drop, then this mall will surely not disappoint.
Taman Anggrek Mall
Address: Letjen S. Parman Street No.28, RT.9/RW.1, Tomang, Grogol petamburan, West Jakarta City, Jakarta 11440, Indonesia
Website: Taman Anggrek Mall
Opening hours: 10am - 10pm (daily)
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4. Relish seafood at Seribu Rasa Menteng
Serving fresh local dishes that showcase the richness of Indonesian flavor, Seribu Rasa Menteng (translates to one thousand flavors) is a restaurant that is popular among the locality of Jakarta. Some of their specialty dishes are Udang Gulung, Jimbaran Fried Fish, Stringbean Dry Scallop, Claypot Tufo Seriburasa, and Oriental Seafood Cake. While exploring the rest of Jakarta why not visit this restaurant and enjoy your stay with good food and drinks.
Seribu Rasa Menteng
Address: Jl. H. Agus Salim No.128, RT.1/RW.5, Menteng, Kec. Menteng, Kota Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10310, Indonesia
Website: Seribu Rasa Menteng
Opening hours: 11am - 10pm (daily)
5. Admire Indonesian art work at the National Gallery of Indonesia
A prominent landmark in the city of Jakarta, the National Gallery of Indonesia is a place that houses many of Indonesia’s work of art and other artworks from abroad. Main attractions include the works of Nyoman Lempad and Raden Saleh which is a mixture of landscape paintings of Indonesia’s culture and tradition. Popular paintings taken from other parts of the world would be artworks done Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky, and Frech optical art master Victor Vasarely. If you are a person who is interested in visual arts, then the National Gallery of Indonesia is a place you should definitely visit during your stay at Jakarta.
National Gallery of Indonesia
Address: l. Medan Merdeka Tim. No.14, RT.6/RW.1, Gambir, Kecamatan Gambir, Kota Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10110, Indonesia
Website: National Gallery of Indonesia
Opening hours: 10am - 7pm (daily)
6. Tour the wonderful Ragunan Zoo
Known to be the largest animal zoo in Southeast Asia, the Ragunan Zoo houses over 400 species of animals collected locally and from around the world. The zoo is divided into four certain categories, they are birds, fish, reptiles, and mammals. Each of the areas has its own custom habitats that mimic the natural environment where they are supposed to be found. If you come to Jakarta with your family, this place may be one of the best activities you can do as a family. The zoo is not only a place where you can learn more about animals but also a place where you and your family can bond and make amazing memories.
Address: Jl. Harsono No.1, Ragunan, Kec. Ps. Minggu, Kota Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta, Indonesia
Website: Ragunan Zoo
Opening hours: 7:30 - 4pm (daily)
7. Seek blessings at Jin De Yuan
The Jin De Yuan is a large Chinese Buddhist temple adorned with a crown of two dragons with pearls in their mouth. Inside the temple are statues, drums, bells, and a lot of incense burning throughout the day. People who seek a blessing would typically visit Jin De Yuan and burn incense and pray. The place itself is a work of art that has been preserved throughout the years. Although is still in the process of restoration, its beauty continues to amaze visitors around the globe.
Jin De Yuan
Address: Jl. Petak Sembilan, RT.1/RW.6, Pinangsia, Kec. Taman Sari, Kota Jakarta Barat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 11230, Indonesia
8. Visit the quirky Museum Wayang
An interesting museum which showcases puppets, the Museum Wayang is a place of traditional storytelling through the use of puppets. The museum is aimed to teach the younger generations to learn the art of puppetry and storytelling in order to preserve the culture. If you love live puppet performances and tasteful stories, then the Museum Wayang is the place that will surely keep you entertained.
Address: Jalan Pintu Besar Utara No.27 Pinangsia, RT.3/RW.6, Kota Tua, Kec. Taman Sari, Kota Jakarta Barat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 11110, Indonesia
Website: Museum Wayang
Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 9am - 4:30pm (closed on Mon)
9. Learn Indonesian tradition at Taman Mini Indonesia Indah
Consisting of 26 replicas of the traditional house of Indonesia, the Taman Mini is aimed to showcase Indonesia’s history, culture, and arts. This park was established in the year 1971 and officially open on the 20th of April, 1975. The houses would represent the many different cultures within Indonesia together with accurate items that were used during the olden time. There are a lot of things you can learn by just visiting the park. So, if you are interested in learning Indonesian culture in a visual manner, then the Taman Mini is a perfect place for such type of learning.
Taman Mini Indonesia Indah
Address: Kota Jakarta Timur, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta
Website: Taman Mini Indonesia Indah
Opening hours: 7am - 10pm (daily)
10. Marvel at the beauty of Istana Merdeka
Istana Merdeka is an important part of Indonesia history. It is the place where the country finally became independent from the Netherlands. The building is so important that on every 17th of August the state foreign dignitaries would all arrive at the place and celebrate a prestigious flag-raising ceremony. The palace is currently used as the official house of the president of Indonesia whenever at Jakarta. Although entering the palace is restricted, there are areas near the palace where you can take pictures to create lasting memories for when you go back home.
Address: Jl. Medan Merdeka Utara No.3, RT.2/RW.3, Gambir, Kecamatan Gambir, Kota Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10110, Indonesia
Website: Istana Merdeka
Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)
11. Explore the stunning Kota Tua
The Kota Tua is a large place consisting of much architectural building such as museums, art galleries, shops, and cafes. There are several museums that you can visit, there is the Jakarta History Museum, the Wayang Museum, The Fine Arts and Ceramic Museum, the Bank Mandiri Museum, the Bank Indonesia Museum, and the Maritime Museum. Each of these museums is unique and hold many different important items that were crucial in the development of what Indonesia is today. Aside from the museums, there are also other buildings in the area that you should explore as they too can be important pieces of history.
Address: Jakarta Old Town, downtown Jakarta
Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)
12. Admire the marvellous Istiqlal Mosque
Officially open in the 22nd of February 1978, this Grand Istiqlal Mosque has since been the biggest mosque you can find in South East Asia. The Grand Istiqlal Mosque is so massive that it took 17 years to complete, and that it can hold up to 120,000 people in a single time. If you are part of the Muslim faith there is a huge prayer hall that holds a 45m (147ft) dome that is supported by round columns and multiple levels of balconies. If you don’t want to compromise going to the mosque while traveling, the Grand Istiqlal Mosque is a place where you can do your worship and prayers.
Address: Jl. Taman Wijaya Kusuma, Ps. Baru, Kecamatan Sawah Besar, Kota Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10710, Indonesia
Website: Istiqlal Mosque
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 4am - 12pm; Sat: 4am - 11pm (closed on Sun)
13. Check out the rides at Dunia Fantasi
Is riding a roller coaster the type of fun you want? If your the answer is yes, then the Ancol Dreamland is a perfect place for you to visit. The Ancol Dreamland consists of the Fantasy World which is a theme park housing over 40 rides, and the Sea World, one of the largest oceanarium in Southeast Asia. With a lot of things to enjoy, the Ancol Dreamland is a place you must experience for yourself before leaving Jakarta
Address: Jalan Lodan Timur No.7, RW.10, Ancol, Kec. Pademangan, Kota Jkt Utara, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 14430, Indonesia
Website: Dunia Fantasi
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 10am - 6pm; Sat - Sun: 10am - 8pm
14. Visit the gallery at Monas Tower
Located at central Jakarta, the Monas Tower is a national monument that a combined height of 132m (433ft) which includes the base and the obelisk. The monument is meant to show Indonesia’s history from its existence until the creation of the monument. It also holds a 50kg (110lbs) foil of gold on the top of the tower and a flag, map, and copy of the papers of the proclamation of independence. There are several areas of the tower that you can visit, they are the Independence Room, National History Room, Fountain Attraction, and the Park Area.
Address: Gambir, Kecamatan Gambir, Kota Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta
Opening hours: 8am - 10pm (daily)
15. Unwind at Ancol Beach
If you are in the mood to swim, chill, and appreciate the wonderful beach view of Jakarta, then the Ancol Beach is the place you can do so. Located at Ancol, the beach is easy to access and has many facilities and shops surrounding the area. There are several restaurants on the beach, many of them have a good view of the sun when it sets down. If you ever feel frustrated or worn out why not unwind at the beach.
Unwind at Ancol Beach
Address: Taman Impian Jaya Ancol, Pantai Carnaval, Ancol, Pademangan, North Jakarta City, Jakarta 14430, Indonesia
Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)
16. Enjoy the water slides at SnowBay Waterpark TMII
Located near Indah Indonesia Mini Park, SnowBay is a waterpark consisting of 13 water rides that will surely keep you and your family entertained throughout the day. SnowBay also offers other entertainment such as live performances, parties, games, and open dance floor. SnowBay also hosts film viewing events in the mini-concert facility, actual mini-concerts, and seminars. SnowBay is a great destination if you are visiting Jakarta with a family.
SnowBay Waterpark TMII
Address: Komplek Taman Mini Indonesia Indah kel : Ceger kec : Cipayung, Jl. Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, Pinang Ranti, Kec. Makasar, Kota Jakarta Timur, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 13820, Indonesia
Website: SnowBay Waterpark TMII
Opening hours: 9am - 6pm (daily)
17. Admire the Chinese architecture at Glodok
Sitting at the district of Taman Sari Jakarta, Glodok is one of the largest Chinatown in the world. Visitors will be able to see the rich history, culture, and architecture of the place through historical buildings such as temples and other traditional Chinese structural buildings. Glodok came from the word “Golodog’ which means house entrance because it was once the main entrance to the kingdom.
Address: Jl. Pinangsia Raya No.1, RT.1/RW.6, Mangga Besar, Kec. Taman Sari, Kota Jakarta Barat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 11180, Indonesia
Opening hours: 10am - 8pm (daily)
18. Visit Jakarta Cathedral
Located at the northern corner of Lapangan Banteng, the Catholic Cathedral in neo-gothic architecture is a place where Christians can do their worship and prayers. The cathedral was build in the year 1829 and was rebuilt and renewed a couple of time until today. The place is dedicated to Virgin Mary and was named as Church of Our Lady of Assumption. The walls of the church have been painted with the Stations of the Cross depicting the sufferings of Jesus from the cross to his glorious resurrection.
Address: Jl. Katedral No.7B, Ps. Baru, Kecamatan Sawah Besar, Kota Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10710, Indonesia
Website: Jakarta Cathedraln
Opening hours: 6am - 12pm, 3:30pm - 9pm (daily)
19. Enjoy water slides at Atlantis Water Adventure
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Atlantis Water Adventure is a massive water park complex that has been divided into eight areas. The park includes assortments of water rides, water slides, pools, and even artificial beaches. If you are visiting Jakarting with kids, then the Atlantis Water Adventure will surely make them happy. So, why not visit, you and your kids could easily make some great memories at the park.
Atlantis Water Adventure
Address: Taman Impian Jaya, Jalan Lodan Timur No.7, RW.10, Ancol, Kec. Pademangan, Kota Jkt Utara, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 14430, Indonesia
Website: Atlantis Water Adventure
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 8am - 6pm; Sat - Sun: 7am - 6pm
20. Bring your kids to a fun day at Kidzania Pacific Place
Kidzania Jakarta is a place where you can let your child explore, learn, and be entertained at the same time. The place is meant to educate children on certain professions that they may want to take when they grow up. These professions can be on the line of doctors, pilot, firemen, police, chef, and many other exciting jobs that may encourage then to make their own goals and dreams. The entire Kidzania city was designed to be simple, safe, and a place for children to learn in a fun and entertaining manner.
Kidzania Pacific Place
Address: Pacific Place, Jl. Jend. Sudirman No.Kav. 52-53, RT.5/RW.3, Senayan, Kec. Kby. Baru, Kota Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12190, Indonesia
Website: Kidzania Pacific Place
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 9am - 4pm; Fri - Sun: 9am - 2pm, 3pm - 8pm
21. Explore the fabulous Basuki Abdullah Museum
The Basoeki Abdullah Museum is an art museum in Jakarta that houses the personal painting and collections of the late Basoeki Abdullah. He was a painter born in the year 1915 and was recognized as the most famous modern artist of Indonesia. Before his death in 1998, Basaoeki made a will that stated that a portion of his painting, collections, and even his house will be given to the state. In honor of the great artist, the state made him a museum that showcases his life’s work. If you know the story of Basoeki Abdullah or just interested in his painting, this museum is the only place where you will get the best of information about his life and works.
Basuki Abdullah Museum
Address: Jl. Keuangan Raya No.19, RT.7/RW.5, Cilandak Bar., Kec. Cilandak, Kota Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12430, Indonesia
Website: Basuki Abdullah Museum
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 8am - 4pm; Sat - Sun: 9am - 3pm
22. Dine with a view at Awan Lounge
Located at the top of Kosenda Hotel, the Awan Lounge is a restaurant that has a breathtaking view of the city. They serve Asian dishes, beers, cocktails, and other beverages. Some of the most popular dishes are the Soft Shelled Crab, Lamb Cutlets and Marinated Duch Breast. If you love chilling in the evening savoring good food and drinking your favorites beverages while watching sports tv and simultaneously having a great view of the city, Awan Lounge will surely make you feel at home.
Address: Kosenda Hotel Rooftop, Jl. KH. Wahid Hasyim No.127, Kb. Kacang, Kecamatan Tanah Abang, Kota Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10240, Indonesia
Website: Awan Lounge
Opening hours: Tue - Thu: 5pm - 12am; Fri - Sun: 5pm - 2am (closed on Mon)
23. Enjoy a rocking nightlife at Dragonfly
Being the frontlines of entertainment in the city of Jakarta, Dragonfly is a place of fun-filled nights and great memories. The place is heavily influenced by Asian culture. With a cutting-edge sound system, together with the talented DJs of Dragonfly, you will surely dance and jump to the beat. A place of great music, fun nighs, beautifully designed building, Dragonfly is one bar that you must not miss when visiting the city of Jakarta.
Address: Graha BIP Ground Floor Lobby, Jl. Gatot Subroto No.Kav. 23, RT.2/RW.2, Karet Semanggi, Kota Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12930, Indonesia
Opening hours: Wed, Fri - Sat: 9pm - 4am (closed on Mon, Tue, Thu & Sun)
24. Get to know traditional Indonesian weaving at Museum Tekstil
Constructed in the 19th century, the Textile Museum was once a private house. It was sold multiple times until it became the headquarters of Barisan Kaemanan Rakyat during the period of struggling independence. In the year 1947, it became the headquarters for the institution of elderly people. Then on the 28th of July 1976, the place finally became the Textile Museum. Today the museum exhibits the many kinds of Indonesian textile. On the exhibits, they would show or explain how these textiles are made, techniques in weaving, what they are used for, and it’s importance in Indonesian culture and history.
Address: Jl. Ks. Tubun No.2-4, RT.4/RW.2, Kota Bambu Sel., Kec. Palmerah, Kota Jakarta Barat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 11420, Indonesia
Website: Museum Tekstil
Opening hours: 9am - 4am (daily)
25. Check out the art pieces at Pasar Seni Ancol (Ancol Art Market)
If you want to view or purchase several different styles of painting all in one place, the Ancol Art Market is a popular place where you can purchase unique quality paintings at great prices. The place has dozens of stall that sell paintings and various forms of arts such as sculptures and puppets. So, if you are looking to bring home some art souvenirs and don’t want to spend tons of cash, then the Ancol Art Market may be able to cut you some deals.
Pasar Seni Ancol (Ancol Art Market)
Address: Taman Impian Jaya, Jalan Lodan Timur No.1/7, RW.10, Ancol, Kec. Pademangan, Kota Jkt Utara, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 14430, Indonesia
Website: Pasar Seni Ancol
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 9am - 5pm; Sat - Sun: 9am - 10pm
26. Learn the story of Indonesia's currency at Museum Bank Indonesia
Museum Bank Indonesia is located at Old Town Jakarta and is currently used as a bank museum. The museum is aimed to showcase to the public the role of the Bank of Indonesia to the history of Indonesia. They provide visitors both visual and auditory aids in order to help the visitor learn more about the bank and its importance to the country. If you are interested in the history of Indonesia specifically on its monetary policies and payment systems, then this museum may spark your interest.
Museum Bank Indonesia
Address: 6, Jalan Lada 3, RT.3/RW.6, Pinangsia, Kec. Taman Sari, Kota Jakarta Barat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 11110, Indonesia
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 8am - 3:30pm; Sat - Sun: 8am - 4pm (closed on Mon)
27. Have fun at Ancol Dreamland
Ancol Dreamland is a theme park that hosts over 40 rides and attractions. It is located in the northern corner of Jakarta. Like all Ancol parks, Ancol Dreamland is so massive that they had to divide it into eight parts to make management easier. These parts or regions are as follows: Jakarta, Indonesia, Asia, Africa, America, Europe, and Legendary Fantasy. Each of the regions will have their own themes and unique attractions that you should try to also visit. If you visited Jakarta with your friends and love the thrill of the ride, this park will surely give you the time of your life.
Address: Jalan Lodan Timur No.7, RW.10, Ancol, Kec. Pademangan, Kota Jkt Utara, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 14430, Indonesia
Website: Ancol Dreamland
Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)
28. Pay your tribute at Jakarta War Cemetery
Jakarta War Cemetery is a place that contains more than 2,000 graves of people who fought bravely and resisted the Japanese invasion and occupancy. The cemetery was made to properly give those who have heroically fallen the proper burial that they deserved when trying to protect the lands of Jakarta. You do not need to be related to any of the fallen, nor do you need to be Indonesian, if you want to pay your tributes to these brave and noble men and women, you can do so by visiting Jakarta War Cemetery.
Jakarta War Cemetery
Address: Jl. Menteng Pulo RT.003/ RW.012, Menteng Dalam, Tebet, RT.4/RW.12, Menteng Dalam, Kec. Tebet, Kota Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12870, Indonesia
Opening hours: 7am - 5pm (daily)
A place of learning, explorations, and fun activities
Jakarta is a big city with numerous big attractions. If you are a traveler that is looking for a destination in Indonesia that is a master in showcasing their tradition and history, the city of Jakarta is usually going to be first on the list. A lot of their attractions would center upon experiencing the country’s cultures and traditions, luxury visits, food and drinks, and appreciating the beauty of Indonesia in the form of visual arts such as architecture, paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and photography. Jakarta is also a great place for people visiting together with their families, as they have a lot of attractions that are also family-oriented such as several theme parks, a mega zoo, beaches, and luxury malls.
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