- Taman Impian Jaya Ancol
Taman Impian Jaya Ancol, an amusement park in north Jakarta, is home to Sea World, Fantasy World, Atlantis Water Adventure and Marina Beach. It is built on reclaimed beach land at the Bay of Jakarta, having, sea and freshwater aquariums, swimming pools, an artificial lagoon for fishing, boating, bowling, and an assortment of restaurants. The Ancol complex includes a Marina, Dunia Fantasi (Fantasy Land), a golf course, hotels and a drive-in theater. The “Pasar Seni” or art market has a varied collection of Indonesian handicraft, paintings and souvenirs on sale. At a nearby open-air theater art performances are held using the local dialect.
Taman Impian Jaya Ancol
- Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII)
TMII is an extensive park that offers the visitor a glimpse of the diverseness of Indonesian archipelago. Most of Indonesia’s provinces and their outstanding characteristics are featured, reflected most strikingly in the regional architecture of the province. An artificial lake in the center with surrounding pavilions illustrates Indonesia’s vast number of islands.
Taman Mini Indonesia Indah
- Monumen Nasional (Monas)
The National Monument, or ‘Monas’ as it is popularly called, is one of the monuments built during the Sukarno era of fierce nationalism. The top of the National Monument (Monas) is Freedom Square. It stands for the people’s determination to achieve freedom and the crowning of their efforts in the Proclamation of Independence in August 1945. The diorama exhibition in the basement gives such a view of Indonesian history. The 137-meter tall marble obelisk is topped with a flame coated with 35 kg of pure gold. This imposing obelisk is Jakarta’s most famous landmark. The monument is open to the public and upon request the lift can carry visitors to the top, which offers a bird’s eye view of the city and the sea.
The National Monument
Located in the historic Old Jakarta Kota area, Taman Fatahillah square offers three of the city’s most interesting museums: Jakarta History Museum, Shadow Puppets Museum, and Fine Art and Ceramic Museum. Since 1970, the surroundings of Taman Fatahillah have been declared as Cultural Property and it was totally preserved. Jakarta History Museum was inaugurated on 30 March 1974. It became the center for collection, conservation and research for all kinds of cultural objects and property related to the history of Jakarta city as well as a place that continues to share such learning with the community. Shadow Puppets Museum was built in 1912, previously as land of a church. Indonesian shadow puppet (commonly known as wayang) is greatly influenced by epic stories such as Ramayana (the Story of Rama) and Mahabharata (the Great Bharata). Visitors of this Museum learn more about various characters of the stories being performed. Such stories and art form have high value in the Indonesian culture. There are a number of collections of shadow puppets such as wayang kulit, wayang golek, patung wayang, topeng wayang, wayang beber, wayang kaca, gamelan (traditional music instrument set) as well as wayang paintings. Fine Art and Ceramic Museum has around 400 articles of fine art, including sculpture, graphic, wood totem, sketch, and painting batik. Among these collections are some masterpieces, collections useful for understanding art history in Indonesia. There are also various ceramic collections in this museum, both local and foreign. One treasured piece is the Majapahit ceramic from the 14th century.
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Malls in Jakarta house most urban entertainment, eating, shopping and activity outlets, from pleasing the palette with latest nibbles, to burning things up with latest fitness classes. Large book stores keep our brains fed with latest ideas, while many international clothing and accessory brand names ensure that our vanities are well catered to. Another common treat for the legions of working professional after a long week, is to get a head and neck massage or foot reflexology treatment at a reputable hair salon or health spa. Mal Kelapa Gading, Mal Artha Gading and Mall of Indonesia are found in North Jakarta. Plaza Senayan, Senayan City, FX Plaza, Pacific Place, Grand Indonesia Shopping Town, EX Plaza, and Plaza Indonesia are some of the popular malls in the city. Pondok Indah Mall is the most frequented one in South Jakarta. This list is not exhaustive as there are always new malls popping up in Jakarta.
Kemang is home to many boutique shops, galleries and fine restaurants in high street manner. If one feels particularly brave and wants to immerse in the shopping fever of the locals, Mangga Dua, Block M and Pasar Minggu each offer different experiences. Stay informed about concerts, cultural activities, exhibitions and performances in this mega-city. Jakarta Convention Centre – home of annual Java Jazz Festival, is one place to watch out for.
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