Top 5 must see sights in Jakarta
Replies: 14 - Last Post: Jan 19, 2013 5:09 PM Last Post By: GeoffW
Mar 23, 2012 2:30 PM
Mar 23, 2012 10:23 PM
1what are your interests? If you are interested in history and culture my list would include (not necessarily in order)
1) National Museum (Musium Gajah)
2) Taman Fatihillah (old dutch city hall) and Cafe Batavia, old city with Bahari shipping area
4) Taman Mini (not a must see really but if you have time)
5) Puppet Museum
6) Just for fun tour some of the opulent shopping malls
Mar 23, 2012 11:36 PM
21. Exit road south 2. Exit road east 3. Exit road west 4. Train station where you catch express to Bandung 5. Airport departure lounge - domestic or international. Only joking - it's not that bad, but it's not that good either. #1 has set you on the right path. What about the old harbour at Sunda Kelapa? Is that still a going concern?
Mar 24, 2012 5:03 AM
3I know a guide who has taken us through Central Java and to Mt. Bromo. He is the UNESCO Advisor to Bobodurur. When I mentioned I could have a day in Jakarta and what would he suggest I do hesaid not much. He had arranged tours for Australians, Americans and Brits that had a required layover and in hids his opinion with 18 years in the business he advised me to pass for the only 2 worthwhile sights in his opinion and the feedback of guests that he arranged tours for was the National Museum and Puppet Museum (worth 30 minutes) and maybe Taman Fatihillah on a stretch. Sorry.
Mar 24, 2012 6:10 AM
4If you are into arquitecture, in Taman Mini Indonesia Indah you'll find life-size replicas of traditional houses of various parts of the country.
Mar 24, 2012 9:33 AM
5I liked the harbor with the tall masted boats (is that Sunda Kelapa? - been awhile) Read about the Bugi sailors before you go to gain an appreciation for their sailing skills and the construction of those ships. Can't say I liked much about Jakarta in general though. Sorry to say I think it is the ugliest city in SEA.
Although some of the biggest candles I have ever seen , I saw in the Buddhist temples in Jakarta Chinatown - that was kinda neat.
Mar 24, 2012 11:59 AM
6anybody been to the Bank Indonesia Museum http://www.bi.go.id/web/en/Tentang+BI/Museum/ ?
Mar 24, 2012 10:08 PM
Mar 24, 2012 10:11 PM
Mar 25, 2012 2:51 PM
9#1's got the "must sees" covered but Jakarta is less about "must sees" and more about "must dos". Jakarta has good shopping, good food, and good nightspots. It's also where you will find people from all around the archipelago and plenty of opportunities to engage with them. Most people passing through don't like Jakarta but, like anywhere, you've got to stay a while to get to know and appreciate the merits of the place.
I always find it interesting when contributors input with other people's information rather than their own and think that has credibility. Have you ever been to Jakarta #3 or are you just peddling second hand information from someone whose own experience appears to be based on passing through as a tour guide from time to time?
Mar 25, 2012 6:04 PM
10I agree with 8 and 9.
Just enjoy the atmosphere, and don't worry about ticking off tourist attractions.
Hopefully your brother knows some good street food stalls.
I personally cannot be bothered, in Asia, with city tours. Too damn hot, whatever colonial building I'm supposed to be looking at is probably falling down and fronted with horrible traffic, and, call me a heathen, but I don't appreciate these things much at the best of times (but certainly if the temperature was 10 degrees lower, I'd be more inclined to have a close look).
Mar 28, 2012 6:00 PM
11Yes, #8 and #9 are correct. I emailed my guide friend just to make sure I was not misleading you.
The other places are a "real" stretch. Considering the heat and humity likely being 90-95 you are not going to want A/C and he said many of the places suggested above do NOT have A/C.
So have fun and be happy.
Apr 24, 2012 7:16 PM
12At #6, Bank Indonesia Museum is a great place to visit when you visit the old city of Jakarta. There are several other museum in this vicinity like Fatahilah Museum and Bank Mandiri Museum. Bank Indonesia Museum is a cyber like museum operated by Bank Indonesia, the central bank of Indonesia. The Museum displays vast colection of currencies of Indonesia and also currencies from all over the world. Finally ( #11) considering the heat and humidity of the area, it is a cool place to visit since the bulding is fully airconditioned.
May 12, 2012 5:14 AM
13Also check out the Taman Ismail Marzuki, the TIM, a performing arts center. In the courtyard, outdoor performances sometimes take place.
May 12, 2012 7:41 AM
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