Jakarta is one of the most beautiful capital cities in the World. Located in Indonesia, few tourists choose to visit Jakarta apart from more popular tourist destinations like Bali. This is because of the low awareness amongst tourist about all the exciting things that this wonderful city has to offer. Jakarta is dotted by a number of interesting tourist destinations that include places of ethnic and cultural importance rather than mostly places of national value. Of course, like every capital in the world, Jakarta also has tourist spots of historical value but what makes these places different is the strong influence of ancient cultured civilizations over the architecture of these buildings.
Tourist places of such historical value include, Pancasila Sakti Monuments, Central Station TVRI and National Museum. The cultural places that one must simply not miss out on, include the Istiqlal Mosque, Taman Mini Indonesia Indah and the Taman Ismail Marzuki. The wild life enthusiasts will enjoy Kepulauan Seribu, Taman Impian Jaya Anciol and Ragunan Zoo.
Jakarta also has a vibrant night life for the party animals. Here is a list of the top 5 famous tourist attractions and a little something about them:
- The Miniature Park of Indonesia – Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII): This fascinating tourist spot is a magnificent presentation of the Indonesia in all its glory. This miniature park represents the charm of the people of Indonesia and their cultural diversity. There are a number of platforms from which the tourists get to see a huge variety of traditionally built houses, costumes, arts and crafts, religious practices and traditional dances from all the 33 provinces of Indonesia. This place is located in a sprawling property that gives you the experience of travelling through the entire country in just one day. It is filled with museums built especially for students; birds museum, reptiles museum, engineering museum and crafts museum. Periodically, there are natural cultural arts festivals that are conducted with great pomp and show.
- The National Monument – Monas: Every capital in the world has its National Museum that it takes great pride in, Jakarta is no exception. This 200 year old building is plated with real gold and offers a spectacular view at night with the beautiful lighting. It is located right in the centre of Jakarta city at the Jalan Medan Barat Park. It is a geaographical, historical, archaeological and ethnological museum. One can experience the life and culture of Indonesia for free at this place.
- Zoo – Ragunan Zoo: This old zoo was formed in 1864 and named ‘Planten En Dierentuin’ that means ‘Plants and Zoo’. The Government back then, gifted the zoo 30 hectares of land which is now home to a variety of animals. It has since then expanded continually and is now about 140 acres large which is home to 295 species of 4040 specimens.
- Ancol Dreamland: This is a famous tourist spot in the northern part of Jakarta. This is a massive recreation park that includes theme parks, hotels, night clubs, swimming pools, golf course and a lot more. A perfect getaway from a busy life.
Jakarta is worth exploring, so if you do plan a trip to Bali, make sure you include Jakarta in your Itinerary.