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20 Must-Visit Attractions in Jakarta

Putu Bagus Susastra Wiguna / © Culture Trip
Putu Bagus Susastra Wiguna / © Culture Trip
Indonesia’s capital city, Jakarta, is a fascinating place to visit due to its long history, diverse culture, charming natural beauty, and never-ending development. From historical sites to high-end restaurants, discover these must-visit attractions.

National Monument (Monumen Nasional or Monas)

Building, Museum, Park
The national monument of Indonesia
The national monument of Indonesia | © Seika/Flickr
This iconic landmark of Jakarta serves not only as a magnificent viewing deck with unrestricted views of the city, but also a museum depicting the nation’s history. Towering at 115 meters (377 ft) high, the building is also majestic to see from the outside, topped with a flame-shaped gold foil.
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Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Crowded, Local
Sun - Sat:
7:00 am - 12:00 am

Sunda Kelapa Harbor

Building
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Sunda Kelapa Harbour | © Sándo r / Flickr
Sunda Kelapa is an old port first established during the Pajajaran Hindu Kingdom. Once serving as a main port, the area now only lodged traditional pinisi ship. Other than its historical significance, this harbor also retains its aesthetic beauty, owed to charming colorful ships and clear blue skies.
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Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Photo Opportunity, Local

Taman Suropati

Park
A green area in the middle of the busy city, Taman Suropati is more than just a lush tropical garden with a calming ambiance. It also houses six ASEAN monuments placed as a symbol of peace and friendship. During the day, the area is lively with visitors who come to exercise, play music, or sit on the bench and enjoy nature. The park is also home for hundreds of doves roaming around freely.
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Kota Tua Jakarta

Museum, Park, Building
The Fatahillah Museum in Kota Tua, Jakarta
The Fatahillah Museum in Kota Tua, Jakarta | © siska maria eviline / Flickr
Jakarta was first established as a capital city by Dutch colonials, and the area that is now called Kota Tua served as the headquarters of the Dutch East India Company. The area has several old, European-style buildings that still stand today. Tourists can tour the place by foot or rent a charmingly decorated bicycle.
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Touristy, Photo Opportunity, Historical Landmark, Architectural Landmark

Fatahillah Museum (Jakarta History Museum)

Building, Museum
Putu Bagus Susastra Wiguna
Putu Bagus Susastra Wiguna | © Culture Trip
First built by the Dutch colonials as the city hall, this building has reopened as a museum in 1974, showing historic relics found in Jakarta. The neo-classic architecture is inspired by the Dam Palace in Amsterdam. Fatahillah Museum is located within the charming Old City of Jakarta (Kota Tua Jakarta).
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Kepulauan Seribu

Technically still a part of the Jakarta Province, Kepulauan Seribu (Thousand Islands) comprises of hundreds of pristine, idyllic small islands, many of them still inhabited. However, tourism is vibrant in some of the more developed islands, including Bidadari Island, Pramuka Island, and Tidung Island.

Kepulauan Seribu Regency, Jakarta, Indonesia

National Museum

Building, Museum
Putu Bagus Susastra Wiguna
Putu Bagus Susastra Wiguna | © Culture Trip
The National Museum of Indonesia is as intriguing outside as it is inside. The European architecture building houses historic and ancient archaeological collections from throughout the country. It was first built by the Dutch during the colonial era and has been developed further by the Indonesian government after independence.
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Lara Djonggrang Restaurant

Restaurant, Indonesian, $$$
One of the best restaurants in Indonesia, Lara Djonggrang Restaurant is inspired by the tale of an ancient Java princess by the same name. Guests will be served the most authentic Indonesian food and experience what it’s like to be an Indonesian royal in ancient times.
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Sun - Mon:
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Mon - Tue:
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Tue - Wed:
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Wed - Thu:
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Thu - Fri:
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat:
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Sat - Sun:
11:00 am - 1:00 am

Petak Sembilan

Market, Chinese, Street Food
Putu Bagus Susastra Wiguna
Putu Bagus Susastra Wiguna | © Culture Trip
Located in the Jakarta Chinatown area, Petak Sembilan is a lively neighborhood with Chinese-style buildings, temples, and the most authentic Chinese food in the city. Tourists can munch on delicious Chinese street food while exploring the ornate neighborhood lined up with temples, old houses, and stores.
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Jakarta Cathedral

Cathedral, Museum
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Putu Bagus Susastra Wiguna | © Culture Trip
The mighty cathedral stands tall at the heart of the city, boasting tall spires and impressive neo-gothic architecture. Built during the colonial era, many of the cathedral’s materials and pieces of furniture are sourced from the Netherlands, including its massive pipe organ and ornate main altar. One of the spires also serves as a museum that shows Catholic relics.
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Pantai Indah Kapuk Mangrove

Park
Despite being a crowded metropolitan city, Jakarta has its share of tranquil nature. A vast and lush mangrove forest located in the northern area offers tourists a much calmer side of the city to enjoy. The forest also shares the neighborhood with some of the city’s best restaurants and cafés.
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Wayang Museum

Museum
Putu Bagus Susastra Wiguna
Putu Bagus Susastra Wiguna | © Culture Trip
Dedicated to Java’s traditional puppet wayang, this museum showcases various kinds and forms of wayang from all over the country. Tourists can learn and observe the country’s lost art that dates back more than 1,500 years. The building itself is of historic significance, built by the Dutch in 1640 as a church before being devastated by an earthquake, repurposed as a research center, then reopened as a museum.
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Taman Mini Indonesia Indah

Amusement Park, Park, Cinema
Traditional house in Taman Mini Indonesia Park
Traditional house in Taman Mini Indonesia Park | © buitenzorger / Flickr
Literally translated as “Beautiful Indonesia Miniature Park”, this vast complex sums up Indonesia’s vast and diverse culture in collections and depictions of traditional houses, clothing, artifacts, and traditions. It also has a cable car, museums, and a cinema that plays documentaries about the country.
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Local, Touristy, Photo Opportunity
Sun - Sat:
7:00 am - 10:00 pm

Glodok

A part of Jakarta Chinatown, Glodok is known as the center of cheap goods, especially electronics. The area is still alive with some of the city’s oldest stores, restaurants, and temples. Tourists can experience service or taste meals from legendary vendors, such as the famous ice coffee from Waroeng Tak Kie that has been there since 1927 and Jakarta’s oldest barbershop Ko Tang, established in 1936.

Glodok, West Jakarta City, Jakarta, Indonesia

Putu Bagus Susastra Wiguna / © Culture Trip

Putu Bagus Susastra Wiguna / © Culture Trip

Toko Merah

Memorial
Putu Bagus Susastra Wiguna
Putu Bagus Susastra Wiguna | © Culture Trip
An iconic building near Fatahillah Museum, Toko Merah (Red Shop) is one of the oldest buildings in the city, catching the attention of tourists with its bright red color. The building has a long history that involves being owned by the most influential Dutch governors and a Chinese local, giving the building its unique European-Chinese style. It is considered mystical and even haunted by some locals, adding intrigue to the interesting building.
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