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Things to do in  Jakarta

The ultimate megacity

The capital of the island of Java, Jakarta is a megacity of contrasts. Its metro area is home to more than 30 million people, and sleek malls, hotels, and skyscrapers are perched alongside striking poverty. The city’s official nickname is “The Big Durian,” and, like its namesake, Jakarta is spiky and stinky with a surprisingly soft, sweet center. Travelers will find plenty of things to do here, from visiting mosques, cathedrals, museums, and galleries to exploring Old Town (Kota Tua), the old port (Sunda Kelapa), and Chinatown (Glodok).

Top 13 attractions in Jakarta

Indonesia National Monument (Monas)

The Indonesia National Monument (Monas) towers 433 feet (132 meters) above Jakarta’s geographical center, topped with a gilded flame. Designed by Indonesia’s first president, Sukarno, it houses a museum of dioramas and an observation platform.More

Glodok (Jakarta Chinatown)

Jakarta Chinatown, better known to locals as Glodok, was born after the massacre of 5,000 Chinese in 1740, when the remaining population were moved to a separate settlement outside the city walls. Today it’s a bustling hub where Chinese eateries, temples, street markets, and medicine shops nudge up against electronics stores.More

Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (Beautiful Indonesia in Miniature Park)

In East Jakarta, Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (Beautiful Indonesia Mini Park) showcases the sheer diversity of this archipelago of approximately 18,000 islands. The 247-acre (100-hectare) space houses full-scale replicas of homes from different cultures, plus museums, theaters, gardens, a waterpark, an aviary, an IMAX cinema, a cable car, and more.More

Sunda Kelapa (Jakarta Old Port)

Jakarta’s old port, Sunda Kelapa is a popular stop on any tour of historic Jakarta (or Batavia, as it once was). Wooden 2-masted pinisi sailing ships still moor here, while porters move goods to and fro as they have since the 13th century. Converted warehouses hold the Maritime Museum, and a watchtower and lighthouses stand guard over the bustling harbor.More

National Museum

Opened in 1868, in a grand building on Merdeka Square, Indonesia’s National Museum is one of Jakarta’s most fascinating attractions. A rich collection spanning hundreds of thousands of years covers everything from early hominids to the archipelago’s spectacular range of textiles, along with gold, statuary, and architectural models.More

Museum Wayang (Puppet Museum)

In a historic building on Fatahillah Square, at the heart of Jakarta’s Old Town, the Wayang Museum is devoted to Indonesia’s rich tradition of puppetry. Puppets are on display from across the archipelago, as well as Asia and Europe, and include shadow puppets, giant costume-style puppets, and rod puppets more similar to those found in the West.More

Jalan Surabaya Market (Pasar Antik Jalan Surabaya)

Jakarta’s best-known street market, Jalan Surabaya Flea Market (Pasar Jalan Surabaya) offers a cornucopia of choice, from factory-made junk and (generally) fake antiques to vintage finds. Head here for everything from textiles to jewelry, furniture, old coins, ship salvage, rare vinyls, old typewriters, and ancient cameras.More

Fatahillah Square (Taman Fatahillah)

Fatahillah Square (Taman Fatahillah) is the heart of the Jakarta Old Town (Kota Tua) with a cobbled square with historic colonial buildings. Notable landmarks include the Cafe Batavia restaurant and bar, Wayang Museum of puppetry, and Jakarta History Museum, housed in the old town hall.More

Pejaten Village

Jakarta’s middle classes love a good mall as much as any southeast Asian cosmopolitans, and South Jakarta’s Pejaten Village contains many key elements. A medium-size mall, Pejaten Village has junk food by the gallon, popular Indonesian mall brands such as Matahari department stores, and a smattering of international brand names too.More
Waterbom Jakarta

Waterbom Jakarta

Sibling to the hugely popular Waterbom Bali, Waterbom Jakarta is a North Jakarta water park. Occupying around 9 acres (4 hectares) of landscaped grounds in Pantai Indah Kapuk (PIK), it offers slides, artificial waves, a lazy river, and areas for younger kids. There are a range of food options as well as gazebos for rent.More
KidZania Jakarta

KidZania Jakarta

Indonesia’s first outpost of the children’s edutainment concept that’s taken the world by storm, KidZania Jakarta occupies over 80,000 square feet (7,500 square meters) of space in South Jakarta. Younger kids will thrill to the opportunity to role-play careers from firefighter and doctor to beauty therapist in a miniature model city.More
Ancol Dreamland (Taman Impian Ancol)

Ancol Dreamland (Taman Impian Ancol)

Jakarta’s favorite recreation area, Ancol Dreamland (Taman Impian Ancol) occupies a slice of waterfront. First opened in the 1960s, the site houses beaches, hotels, a gondola, food options, and tourist attractions. Some of the best-known are: Fantasy World (Dunia Fantasi), Ocean Dream Samudra, Sea World Ancol, and Atlantis Water Adventures.More
Ancol Ocean Dream Samudra

Ancol Ocean Dream Samudra

Ancol Ocean Dream Samudra, an “edutainment” theme park, centers on dolphins but is home to creatures including sea lions and penguins. In addition to animal and stunt shows, the park has a 4D cinema and an underwater theater with shows featuring dolphins and divers. Children will enjoy the small selection of rides and the bird park.More
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All about Jakarta

When to visit

Most travelers choose to visit Java, including Jakarta, during the dry season (roughly April to October), when rainfall and humidity are lower and floods less likely. Be aware that travel anywhere on Java becomes exceptionally difficult during mudik. That’s the period when migrant workers from across the archipelago travel home to visit their families for the Eid al-Fitr holiday at the end of the Muslim fasting month, Ramadan.

Getting around

Getting around central Jakarta is easier than it was thanks to the Jakarta MRT light rail system, which opened in 2019 and is still expanding. Bus networks, however, are confusing, and frequently gridlocked traffic makes self-driving challenging. Many travelers opt to book tours, hire private drivers, or make their way around using Bluebird taxis or regional ride-sharing apps, such as Grab and Gojek.

Traveler tips

For a taste of upscale, up-to-the-minute Jakarta, head to Pantja for cocktails and farm-to-table dining with an emphasis on open fire cooking, all set under a stunning brick archway in South Jakarta. Travelers on the hunt for culture should visit Museum MACAN (Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara), which showcases local and international artists, from Japan’s Yayoi Kusama to Mexico’s Miguel Covarrubias.

People Also Ask

How can I have fun in Jakarta?

There are different ways to have fun in Jakarta, from visiting theme parks—like the seaside Ancol complex or the Beautiful Indonesia in Miniature Park (Taman Mini Indonesia Indah)—to eating street food or savoring the upscale bar and restaurant scene to shopping at malls or the Jalan Surabaya Flea Market.

What’s famous in Jakarta?

Many of Jakarta’s most famous sights are recently constructed, including the Indonesia National Monument (Monas) in Merdeka Square and the Istiqlal Mosque, the largest mosque in Southeast Asia. Well-known older sites include the Jakarta old port (Sunda Kelapa), Old Town (Kota Tua), Merdeka Square, the National Museum, and Jakarta Cathedral.

Is Jakarta good for tourists?

Not really. Jakarta is a megacity and not primarily geared toward tourists. Many travelers to Java opt for more approachable cities like Yogyakarta instead. However, Jakarta is home to great museums, including Museum MACAN and the National Museum, some interesting sights, and a food and nightlife scene.

What’s to do in Jakarta at night?

As you’d expect for a megacity, Jakarta has many things to do at night. Shop for bargains and sample street food at markets, such as Kota Tua Night Market. Visit the city’s lively malls, which often stay open until 10pm. Drink, dine, and dance at bars, restaurants, and clubs aplenty.

What is the biggest problem in Jakarta?

Like any big city, Jakarta has some crime, but it remains much safer than most US cities. The biggest problem in Jakarta is that the city is sinking fast—literally. The city sits on a delta, and rising seas, tropical rains, and depleted aquifers combine to lead to frequent, serious flooding.

What is the coldest month in Jakarta?

Jakarta is hot and steamy all year round, with average highs between 86°F (30°C) and 91°F (33°C). While average temperatures are slightly lower in January and February, the rainy season humidity offsets the temperature change. Temperatures feel most comfortable during the dry season (June–September), with humidity typically lowest in September.


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