To understand the history of the country, visit Jakarta’s many Museums and historical landmarks. The National Museum houses artifacts of the entire Indonesian archipelago from prehistoric times to the modern era. Here are stone statues, ceramics to intricate gold crowns and accessories.
Visit Kota Tua or Old Batavia for an insight into the history of Jakarta, then wander through the many museums around the Fatahillah Square, housing Wayang puppets, paintings of Indonesia’s master painters from Raden Saleh to Affandi, or see old-style banking and money at the Mandiri and the Bank Indonesia museums.
Other historic landmarks in Old Batavia are the Dutch drawbridge, the tower of the harbourmaster, old Chinese temples, and a lot more.
Taman Mini Indonesia Indah is another education-cum-recreation area. Initiated by Indonesia’s former First Lady IbuTien Soeharto, Taman Mini is a huge park which in addition here also have numbers of museums.
There is also the Fauna Museum in the shape of a large Komodo dragon, the Transportation museum, and a whole lot more, besides an Imax theatre and a Planetarium. Regular cultural performances in traditional and contemporary style from around the Indonesian archipelago in drama, dance and music are held regularly in the two main theatres.
A small conservation area of mangrove forests on the north coast of Jakarta. It was originally established by the Netherlands Indies government as a nature preserve on 17 June 1939 with an area of 15.04 ha, and later expanded to 1,344.62 ha in the 1960s.
As the last remaining mangrove forest in Jakarta, SMMA, which has a conservation area of 25.02 hectares, is Jakarta's last line of defense against seawater abrasion and rising tides, as well as functioning as lungs for the city and a runoff area for floodwaters.
The National Monument (Indonesian: Monumen Nasional, abbreviated Monas) is a 132 m (433ft) tower in the centre of Merdeka Square, Central Jakarta, symbolizing the fight for Indonesia. It is the national monument of the Republic of Indonesia, built to commemorate the struggle for Indonesian independence.
The Ancol Art Market is open air where you may find many of Indonesia’s up and coming artists gather to display and sell their paintings, carvings, and other handicrafts. Browse here and you may well find some pure artistic gems. Meet the artists, and have your own portrait painted on the spot.
On weekends the Art Market presents traditional performances, from wayang to contemporary dances based on ancient traditions.
Pasar Baru is the oldest shopping center in Jakarta built in the early 1800s. Located near Lapangan Banteng and Gedung Kesenian Jakarta, this shopping street was, in its heydays, the exclusive haunt of the colonial elite. Today, Pasar Baru is passable only for pedestrians. The textile shops owned by Indian Bombay merchants are still there attracting their regular clientele looking for Indian silks, brocades and a variety of textiles at reasonable prices.
After a tiring stroll, stop at the nostalgic Bakmi Gang Kelinci for some of Jakarta’s most popular bowl of noodles and meatballs.
Fishing is a traditional custom and life of Jakarta / Batavia since several centuries ago. The harbour and a traditional fish market and a traditional fish drying still exisit as in the past. You can see the trace marks of sea level rises on fisherman housing area