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Jakarta (DKI Jakarta) is the capital and largest city of Indonesia. Located on the northwest coast of Java, it has an area of 661 square kilometers and a population of 8,490,000. Jakarta is the country's economic, cultural and political center. It is the most populous city in Indonesia and Southeast Asia, and is the twelfth-largest city in the world. The metropolitan area, Jabodetabek, is the second largest in the world.

Shop 'till you drop is a tour you can book in many big cities all over the world, but most of them don't even mention Jakarta. But Jakarta has a lot to offer for those who are just shopping crazy. The malls are big, very big and the prices are much lower than you could probably imagine! Below is a list of the biggest and best malls of Jakarta. You will find much more of them if you want to, each m (...)

TransJakarta is a bus rapid transit system in Jakarta, Indonesia. TransJakarta started on January 15, 2004 and currently has ten corridors (or lines) in operation. Another five corridors are currently being planned. TransJakarta was designed to provide the citizens of Jakarta a fast and cheap public transportation system to help reduce rush hour traffic. (...)

Getting around Jakarta is a problem. The city layout is chaotic and totally bewildering, traffic is indisputably the worst in South-East Asia with horrendous traffic jams slowing the city to a crawl during rush hour, and the current railway system is inadequate to say the least. The construction of a monorail system, started in 2004, soon ground to a halt over political infighting and the main gli (...)

Are you getting bored with the modern, too-cool-for-school eateries around town? Want to savor the culinary delights of Indonesia in old-world ambiance? If so, drop by Kembang Goela, a place where one can taste traditional Indonesian home-cooking - and an opportunity for some to sample some of their ancestors' favorite food. Kembang Goela is the old-fashioned word for candy, these days (...)

Kepulauan Seribu ('Thousand Islands') is the only regency of Jakarta, Indonesia. A string of 105 islands stretching 45 kilometres north into the Java Sea, with the closest lying in Jakarta Bay only a few kilometres off mainland Jakarta. With total land area of 8.7 km˛ the population is about 20,000. Pulau Pramuka is the regency seat of the Thousand Islands although the most populat (...)

Some say Jakarta is a beautiful city to live in, but a worthless place to visit. It's no coincidence that n some places t-shirts with the print "I have been in Jakarta for two days, and I survived", can be bought. What's wrong with these disappointed tourists? There are little adventurous people who complain about polluted streets, thick smog, speeding, reckless crossing and other small misuses? (...)

Although they never figured as prominently in the capital's history as the ethnic Chinese, Arabs and their descendants have resided in the city since the 17th century. Several prominent Indonesians, including current Minister of Foreign Affairs Alwi Shihab and his predecessor Ali Alatas, are of Middle Eastern descent. This is the 74th article in our series on Old Batavia. When people in Batavia, n (...)

Jakarta, the capital, is the largest city. It is located on the north-western coast of the island of Java on Jakarta Bay, at the mouth of the Ciliwung River. Jakarta is also the centre of activities for the whole of Indonesia. There are more than 300 ethnic groups in Indonesia with over 200 languages being spoken. Half the total population are Javanese with the balance being made up largely of Sun (...)

Jakarta has developed from the north to the south, seen in an historical way. Places of interest can best be visited in a chronological way. Start with the old harbor in the north, and then go south towards the old V.O.C.-headquarters (Kota) and the Chinese quarter (Glodok), to end the journey at Medan Merdeka ('Freedom Square'), or in one of the new suburbs. Take half a day f (...)

Jakarta, the capital, is the largest city. It is located on the north-western coast of the island of Java on Jakarta Bay, at the mouth of the Ciliwung River. Jakarta is also the centre of activities for the whole of Indonesia. There are more than 300 ethnic groups in Indonesia with over 200 languages being spoken. Half the total population are Javanese with the balance being made up lar (...)

Pulau Seribu literally means 'thousand islands', but in fact this mini-archipelago constists of less than 200 coral atols. Scattered over that quiet and shallow Jawa Sea north of Jakarta, they formed the idylic refuge - ever since the time of the VOC - for them who want to escape the suffocating city. Travel time from Jakarta is about three hours by ferry, one hour by speedboat, and twenty minutes (...)

Sunda Kelapa is the old port of Jakarta located on the estuarine of Ciliwung River. Sunda Kalapa is the original name, and it was the main port of Sunda Kingdom of Pajajaran. The port is situated in Penjaringan sub-district, of North Jakarta, Indonesia. Today the old port only accommodate pinisi, a traditional two masted wooden sailing ship serving inter-island freight service in the archipelago. (...)

The center of control in old-Batavia was located on some distance of the harhor at a square, which is now known as Taman Fatahillah. The founders of the city ordered a splendid city hall to be built. Square and buildings were restored between 1972 and 1975, part of a big project aimed on saving Jakarta's historical places. The colonial buildings became museums. The city hall, on (...)

The Jakarta History Museum (Indonesian: Museum Sejarah Jakarta), which is also known as Fatahillah Museum or Batavia Museum, is located in Jakarta, Indonesia. The building was built in 1710 as a city hall of Batavia. Jakarta History Museum displays historical objects from the prehistoric times of Jakarta to the founding of the town of Jayakarta in 1527, and through Dutch colonization from the 16th (...)

Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, or 'Beautiful Indonesia Miniature Park', was built to be the showcase of Indonesia. In this park visitors will find many natural and cultural richness of Indonesia such as unique replica's of traditional houses from all around Indonesia, an Indonesia archipelago shaped lake and many other fascinating attractions. The park is an ideal spot for week-end family outi (...)

Jaksa Street (Jalan Jaksa) and Kebon Sirih Street (Jalan Kebon Sirih) are Jakarta's main backpacker hangout, with numerous low-priced hostels as well as some mid-range hotels. Whilst the area itself has a laid-back feel (which may be what attracts backpackers), it's not worth hanging around at the expense of seeing greater Jakarta. The area is just south of Gambir station and now fai (...)

The National Monument (Monumen Nasional or short Monas) is a 128.7 meter tower in Central Jakarta, symbolizing the fight for Indonesia's independence. Construction began in 1961 under the direction of President Sukarno and the monument was opened to the public in 1975. It is topped by a flame covered with gold foil. Background After the Indonesian governm (...)

The Barack Obama statue has soon become a controversial addition to the city of Jakarta after it was publicly revealed late 2009. The funders of the statue, mostly wealthy residents of the up-class Menteng area in central Jakarta, just wanted to express their happiness with the fact that the little boy Barry has become president Obama of the United States decades later. While others say he has don (...)

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