Ancol Luar Biasa


On Jakarta's bayfront, the people’s ‘Dreamland’ is a landscaped recreation complex popular with families. It has worn amusement rides, and sporting and leisure facilities, including bowling, but it gets crowded on weekends. Prime attractions include the Pasar Seni (art market), which has cafes, craft shops and art exhibitions.

The park also includes the Gondola and the Atlantis Water Adventure water-park complex, where there's a wave pool, water slides and a slide pool, plus artificial beaches. There's also the Epic Cable Park wakeboarding course and the huge Dunia Fantasi fun park, which includes various rides from roller coasters to bumper cars and big swings. There's also an 'Eco Park' with a deer enclosure and a zipline.

Marine mammal lovers be warned – Seaworld Ancol, with its controversial marine-life shows, lives here too (scientific studies are now providing incontestable evidence that keeping cetaceans in captivity for public entertainment is harmful to the animals).

The park is huge and taxis operate inside; if you plan on walking, give yourself enough time to get from one attraction to another. A free shuttle can be caught to and from the main attractions inside the park. If you want to stay and do it all again the following day, there's a Mercure hotel inside the park.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Jakarta attractions

1. Dunia Fantasi

0.17 MILES

This fun park has bumper cars, a giant swing ride, a Ferris-style wheel, spinning tea cups, a Hello Kitty adventure, an Ice Age Arctic Adventure ride and…

2. Atlantis Water Adventure

0.72 MILES

Yes, like everything else at Ancol Luar Biasa, it’s big! This water-park complex has eight separate areas, including a wave pool, water slides and a slide…

3. Gereja Sion

1.23 MILES

Dating from 1695, this is the oldest remaining church in Jakarta. Also known as Gereja Portugis (Portuguese Church), it was built just outside the old…

4. Museum Seni Rupa Dan Keramik

1.24 MILES

Built between 1866 and 1870, the former Palace of Justice building is now a fine arts museum. It houses a vast collection of historic Indonesian and…

5. Taman Fatahillah

1.32 MILES

Kota’s central cobblestone square, surrounded by imposing Dutch colonial buildings, is Jakarta's most attractive location and a popular gathering spot for…

6. Jakarta History Museum

1.36 MILES

The Jakarta History Museum is housed in the old town hall of Batavia, a stately whitewashed Dutch colonial structure that was once the epicentre of an…

7. Museum Wayang

1.36 MILES

This puppet museum has one of the best collections of wayang (flat wooden puppets) in Java and its dusty cabinets are full of a multitude of intricate,…

8. Kali Besar

1.41 MILES

The Kali Besar is an 18th-century canal built along the Ciliwung River, connecting the port to the old city of Batavia. It once thrived with commerce, and…