Jakarta

The capital city of Indonesia is a bustling metropolis, famous for its colonial-era relics, beautiful mosques, plentiful shopping and family entertainment.

Jakarta is a destination of contrasts and that’s why it’s often referred to as the “Big Durian.” Like the local durian fruit, this city, located on the northwestern corner of the island of Java, has a layer of ruggedness yet is also bursting with rewarding flavor and color.

Start your exploration in the picturesque central district of Kota, formerly Batavia, where the cobblestoned square Taman Fatahillah still shows some Dutch influences. Trace the city’s history since the Stone Age at the Jakarta History Museum. Spot work by Indonesian artists at the Balai Seni Rupa gallery and Ceramics Museum.

Head to Jakarta’s historic port, Sunda Kelapa, and watch brightly painted fishing boats arrive from the outer islands. Learn about Indonesia’s naval history at the Maritime Museum, housed in a 17th-century spice warehouse.

Gaze up at the 450-feet (137-meter) tall National Monument (Monas Tower), in the heart of Medan Merdeka public square. Ride the elevator to the tower’s summit for impressive city views. Check out the ethnographic artifacts at the National Museum. Take a tour of the Presidential Palace or visit the sparkling white Istiqlal Mosque, which can host 120,000 devotees. Admire over 2,000 fabrics and materials at the Textile Museum.

Browse the market stalls of Jalan Surabaya for traditional Indonesian wayang puppets and sarongs. Sample the local street food, which mixes Arab, Chinese, European and Indian influences. Shop for high-end brands at Grand Indonesia or go to the out-of-town Living World, a huge retail and entertainment complex.

Ride the waterslides at Ocean Park or the roller coasters at Taman Impian Jaya Ancol (Ancol Dreamland). See replicas of traditional Indonesian houses at the Taman Mini Indonesia cultural park.

Jakarta is hot and smoggy and monsoon showers are frequent from November to March. Avoid the heat and rain by traveling between sights via low-cost taxis or the large bus network.

This fascinating city is the gateway to many of Indonesia’s natural treasures, including pristine coral reefs, volcanoes, surfing beaches and wildlife, such as orangutans and Komodo dragons.

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Where to stay in Jakarta

Old Jakarta

Old Jakarta

4.5/5Wonderful!(11 area reviews)

Theme parks, shopping and cafes are some highlights of Old Jakarta. Make a stop by SeaWorld Ancol or Jakarta History Museum while you're exploring.

Old Jakarta

Top hotels in Jakarta

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Grand Hyatt Jakarta
Grand Hyatt Jakarta
5 out of 5
The price is SG$154 per night

Located in the heart of Jakarta, this luxury hotel is steps from Bundaran Hi and Plaza Indonesia. Grand Indonesia Shopping Mall and Sarinah Mall are also within ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (277 reviews)
8 of 10

"great hotel...location was perfect..need some renovation on carpet and the wall before you go to your room.....service quite pleasing and look forward to stay with you again"…"

Reviewed on 25 Feb,2020

Grand Hyatt Jakarta
THE 1O1 Jakarta Sedayu Darmawangsa
THE 1O1 Jakarta Sedayu Darmawangsa
3.5 out of 5
The price is SG$48 per night

Situated in a provincial park, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Blok M Square, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Gelora Bung Karno Stadium and Grand Indonesia Shopping ...

4/5Very Good! (177 reviews)

"A great hotel, in a great location."…"

Reviewed on 9 Mar,2020

THE 1O1 Jakarta Sedayu Darmawangsa
Mercure Jakarta Batavia
Mercure Jakarta Batavia
4 out of 5
The price is SG$44 per night

Located in Old Jakarta, this spa hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Old Town, and within 3 mi (5 km) of SeaWorld Ancol and Pasar Baru. Jakarta International Expo ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (52 reviews)

"Foods was good and just needs an attentions before it’s run out especially the drinks 😊"…"

Reviewed on 13 Mar,2020

Mercure Jakarta Batavia

Popular places to visit in Jakarta

Taman Mini Indonesia Indah
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Taman Mini Indonesia Indah

3.5/5(7 reviews)

Discover the captivating diversity of the Indonesian archipelago at the typical houses, museums and gardens of this all-encompassing theme park.

National Monument
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National Monument

4/5(21 reviews)

Standing high above the city skyline, this giant sculpture boasts superb views and some of the most important documents in Indonesia’s history. 

Grand Indonesia
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Grand Indonesia

4.5/5(32 reviews)

Shop at wide-ranging retail outlets, dine on local delicacies and enjoy family-friendly entertainment at this huge mall in downtown Jakarta.

Top things to do in Jakarta

Fullday Jakarta Wonderful Tour with Lunch,Insurance & Free S
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Fullday Jakarta Wonderful Tour with Lunch,Insurance & Free S

SG$162
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Private Full-Day Bandung Volcano and Hot Springs with Lunch
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Private Full-Day Bandung Volcano and Hot Springs with Lunch

SG$288
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Private Jakarta City & Indonesia Miniature Park Tour
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Private Jakarta City & Indonesia Miniature Park Tour

SG$342
Per adult
Day Trip to Puncak Safari Park Tour with Lunch & Insurance
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Day Trip to Puncak Safari Park Tour with Lunch & Insurance

SG$286
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Private FullDay Jakarta Shopping Tour with Travel Insurance
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Private FullDay Jakarta Shopping Tour with Travel Insurance

SG$139
Per adult
Private Arrival Transfer from Soekarno–Hatta Airport(CGK) to Jakarta City Center
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Private Arrival Transfer from Soekarno–Hatta Airport(CGK) to Jakarta City Center

SG$62
Per adult

Reviews of Jakarta

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Top Destination

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5 - Excellent 31.182795698924732%
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4 - Good 50.53763440860215%
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3 - Okay 15.053763440860216%
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2 - Disappointing 3.225806451612903%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

6 Feb 2020

Typical metropolis with a surprising number of Western shops and brands available nearby. Friendly people often with good levels of English language. Some terrible pedestrian pavements and few road crossing points. Polluted rivers and traffic fumes.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

31 Jan 2020

MRT

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

28 Jan 2020

Traffic is bad. But if you like to shopping or eat, Jakarta will surprise you and it has plenty to offer.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

2 Dec 2019

Almost perfect! Just the traffic that's quite tiring...

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

18 Nov 2019

Nothing

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

15 Nov 2019

Jakarta has bunch of surprises to reveal along the way. Just brace yourself for some fun here, including the crowded traffic :)

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