Let’s have a look at the top things to do in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia.  As the capital city of Indonesia, we know that most foreigners came to the capital for business or educational trip. Those, some time can leave you frustrated, burned out, and tired. However, to avoid a stressful situation and anxious there are are a couple of things you can do to improve the experience. No matter what type of traveler you are, finding the right balance is key to make your travels enjoyable. Here are the 12 things to do in Jakarta include experiencing its diverse, interesting sights and places, traditional arts, and crafts industry.

  1. Thousand Island Jakarta

    thousand island @anam_67

    Jakarta is undoubtedly the busiest city in Indonesia. But, there is a place where you can break free from the hustle-bustle city life for a while. Get away from Jakarta crowd, just take pleasure in a peaceful and beautiful natural environment of Thousands Island (Pulau Seribu). It’s actually a great option for a short trip, only 2 Hours by fast inter-island boat from Marina Ancol Harbour.

    The islands actually comprise of 110 islands only. Bidadari Island, Pramuka Island, Pelangi Island, and more are the names of the island. The reason why most people love to go there is that you can feel a little piece of Bali without going to Bali for real. Beach, sunbathing, and snorkeling are interesting things you can do!

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  2. Jakarta Old Town

    Jakarta Old Town @mbrian87

    Home to historic buildings, Jakarta’s Old Town also called Kota Tua is a popular destination for both local and foreign tourists. Strolling on this old town and admiring the buildings with the Dutch colonial architecture will always bring you peace somehow. It is also home to interesting spot for photography. That’s why this place become popular locations for photo section.

    Museum hopping is a recommended activity while visiting Jakarta’s Old Town. There are three museums located in Fatahillah Square, those are: Jakarta History Museum (Museum Sejarah Jakarta), the Museum of Fine Arts and Ceramics (Museum Seni Rupa dan Keramik) and the Puppet ‘Wayang’ Museum.

    Jakarta Old Town
    Address: Jl. Kali Besar Timur 4 No.29, RT.7/RW.7, Pinangsia, Kec. Taman Sari, Kota Jakarta Barat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 11110
    Opening Hours: Open 24 hours
  3. Istiqlal Mosque

    istiqlal mosque
    Source @netbihalindo

    As the largest mosque in Southeast Asia, the Grand Istiqlal Mosque is the place that you shouldn’t skip. With 45 meters of the dome, 4 levels of the balcony, and 12 round columns, the mosque is able to accommodate up to 120,000 people. Although the size comes in great numbers, the design remains to stay simple. The location of the mosque is right across the Cathedral Jakarta. Seeing this location, the former US President, Barrack Obama said that this mosque is a symbol of religious tolerance that could inspire the world.

    Istiqlal Mosque
    Address:
    Jl. Taman Wijaya Kusuma, Ps. Baru, Kecamatan Sawah Besar, Kota Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10710

  4. Jakarta Chinatown

    china town @like_jakarta

    Home to historic buildings, Jakarta’s Old Town also called Kota Tua is a popular destination for both local and foreign tourists. Strolling on this old town and admiring the buildings with the Dutch colonial architecture will always bring you peace somehow. It is also home to interesting spot for photography. That’s why this place become popular locations for photo section.

    Museum hopping is a recommended activity while visiting Jakarta’s Old Town. There are three museums located in Fatahillah Square, those are: Jakarta History Museum (Museum Sejarah Jakarta), the Museum of Fine Arts and Ceramics (Museum Seni Rupa dan Keramik) and the Puppet ‘Wayang’ Museum.

    Jakarta Chinatown
    Address:
    Jl. Gajah Mada, RT.2/RW.1, Glodok, Kec. Taman Sari, Kota Jakarta Barat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 11120

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  5. Ancol Beach

    ancol beach
    Source @meli_tjen

    What if you only have a tight schedule during your visit to Jakarta but you still want to have a quick trip? Well, Ancol Beach is one thing that you should consider. The beach might not as good as in Bali or Thousand Islands, but, one day in the beach could get away your stress. A little tip insider for you, come in the early morning to spectate the sunrise. If you are lucky enough, you can see many fishermen and even buy some fish or seafood from them!

    Ancol Beach
    Address:
    Taman Impian Jaya Ancol, Pantai Carnaval, Ancol, Pademangan, North Jakarta City, Jakarta 14430

  6. Wayang Museum

    source: tripadvisor

    If you want to learn about traditional puppets called “wayang”, you should schedule a visit to the Wayang Museum. Located in the Old Batavia or Jakarta Old Town, the museum has various collections of puppets starting from the local one to the puppets from around the world. Wayang Museum doesn’t only present an art exhibition, every Sunday this museum usually hosts a wayang performance.

    After watching the whole collection, why don’t you give yourself a try to make your own Wayang? Through a workshop, you can have your own Wayang and watch the mini theatre of Wayang in the museum!

    Wayang Museum
    Address:
    Jalan Pintu Besar Utara No.27 Pinangsia, RT.3/RW.6, Kota Tua, Kec. Taman Sari, Kota Jakarta Barat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 11110

    Opening Hours: 9 AM – 4.30 PM (Monday closed)

  7. Taman Suropati

    taman suropati
    Source @renisaskusumah

    Meet the local “Central Park” in Jakarta. In the middle of the busy and fast life of the city, there is one place where you can break free from them. Come to Suropati Park in the morning, when you can feel the true peace of nuance. Jogging, exercise, or simply enjoy the park are the things you can do here. A little piece of advice for you, the music community often hold a performance in the Sunday. Make sure you don’t miss it!

    Taman Suropati
    Address:
    Jl. Taman Suropati, RT.5/RW.5, Menteng, Kec. Menteng, Kota Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10310

  8. Ragunan Zoo

    ragunan zoo
    Source @gabysitohang

    Welcome to the first zoo in Indonesia. Established since 1966, the zoo has become a popular destination among the tourists. Set out in 147 hectares big open spaces and tropical setting, making it a favorite destination for family trip learning about wildlife. The animals inside are also varied. Reptiles, mammals, birds, and more are ready to welcome you inside. Want something more? Come enjoy the snake dance and the elephant ride!

    Ragunan Zoo
    Address: Jl. Harsono RM No.1, Ragunan, Kec. Ps. Minggu, Kota Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta
    Opening Hours: 7.30 AM – 4 PM (Monday Closed)

  9. Monas Jakarta

    monas jakarta
    Source Bisnis Jakarta Website

    Firstly opened in 1975 by the founding father of Indonesia, Monas Jakarta becomes the landmark of Jakarta. Monas is the abbreviation from Monumen Nasional (National Monument). The idea behind this monument is to commemorate the real struggle of reaching the country’s independence. The top of the monument is covered with gold foil and you can even reach the top!

    Monas Jakarta
    Address: Gambir, Central Jakarta City, Jakarta
    Opening Hours: Daily, 8 AM – 10 PM

  10. Taman Safari Indonesia

    taman safari indonesia
    Source @fannyfabriana

    This world-class zoo is not located in Jakarta precisely but in Bogor. It only takes a few hours of driving to go there. The zoo offers you the new experience of exploring the zoo. The animals are not put in the cage but they are free to wander around. If you want to meet them, you can use the car or hop into the minibus. Taman Safari Indonesia also asks you to test your adrenaline. Are you brave enough to do the night safari when the beasts rise and show its wildness in the dark night?

    Taman Safari Indonesia
    Address: Jalan Kapten Harun Kabir No. 724, Cibeureum, Cisarua, Cibeureum, Kec. Cisarua, Bogor, Jawa Barat 16750
    Opening Hours: 9 AM – 5.30 PM

  11. Taman Mini Indonesia Indah

    source: tripadvisor

    Have you ever wondered that there is a big area where you can learn the whole culture of a country? Taman Mini Indonesia (TMII) can do that. You can spectate many cultural products visually such as traditional houses of Indonesia, dance, clothes, tradition, and more. What makes it more interesting, you can enjoy many rides and watch a movie in a snail-shaped cinema!

    Taman Mini Indonesia Indah
    Address: East Jakarta City, Jakarta
    Opening Hours: Daily, 7 AM – 10 PM

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  12. Dunia Fantasi

    Dunia Fantasi @yossiesr

    Dunia Fantasi is a theme park that features tons of fun rides. Are you an adrenaline junkie who likes some thrill things? Here are the rides that you have to try: Ontang Anting, Halilintar, Kora Kora, and the Tornado! Or some water things to fresh up your day? Arung Jeram and Niagara-gara are ready to make you wet! Dunia Fantasi is also a home for many events. If you’re lucky you can catch some of them!

    Dunia Fantasi
    Address: Jalan Lodan Timur No.7, RW.10, Ancol, Kec. Pademangan, Kota Jkt Utara, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 14430
    Opening Hours: Daily, 10 AM – 6 PM

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