Stop At: Jakarta Old Town, Jl. Kali Besar Timur, Jakarta 11110 Indonesia This one museum is very popular among tourists. Every time you visit the Old City, tourists will definitely take the time to come to him. During the Dutch colonial era, this building functioned as a city hall which at that time was known as Stadhius. In addition to the city hall, it also functioned as a court, civil registry office, Sunday worship place, and the place of the Municipal Council.
Stop at : Museum Fatahilah Square
Stop At: Sunda Kelapa Harbour, Jakarta 12430 Indonesia Sunda Kelapa, better known as Pasar Ikan (meaning fish market) is located at the mouth of the Ciliwung River. The fish catch of the day was auctioned in the early morning at the old fish market. The street leading to it was lined with shops selling all sorts of shells, dehydrated turtles, lobsters and mostly everything the seafarer might need. This 500-year-old harbor area was a vital link to markets of the outside world for the 15th century kingdom of Pajajaran. It was formerly the harbor town of Sunda Kelapa where the Portuguese traded with the Hindu Kingdom of Pajajaran in the early 16th century. Since than this port has belonged to the portuguese and Dutch. Dutch domination of Jakarta and the rest of Indonesia began from this area, whereas the remnants of Kasteel Batavia, an old fort and trading post of the Dutch East Indies Company can still be seen now. Sunda Kelapa is at present a fisherman’s wharf and an inter island port. Tall-misted Bugis schooners from South Sulawesi anchoring there offer a picturesque scene. They belong to one of the last-fleets of sailboats in the world and still ply the seas between the islands, as they did centuries ago, carrying merchandise. Tough little remains of bustling old Sunda Kelapa except the name, the harbor is still one of the most important calls for sailing vessels from all over Indonesia. The magnificent and brightly painted Makassar schooner called Pinisi is still an important means of transporting goods to and from the outer islands. This is one of the finest sights in Jakarta. Wander around the old Sunda Kelapa port, watching gangs of sinew-stretched coolies smoking pungent clove-laced cigarettes unload cargos of timber, coal and spices from stunning wooden schooners. Hire a dugout canoe and paddlers and enjoy the waterside scenery. The boats also go to the nearby old fish market, which can be reached easily by foot from the port and is free to enter. Work starts here at 3am and it’s essential to arrive by 6am to see the best of the action.
Stop at : Museum National
Stop At: National Monument (MONAS), Jl. Silang Monas, Jakarta 10110 Indonesia 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 137-meter tall marble obelisk is topped with a flame coated with 35 kg of gold. The base houses a historical museum and a hall for meditations. 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 on the city and the sea.
Stop At: Istiqlal Mosque, Jl. Taman Wijaya Kusuma Central Jakarta, Jakarta 10710 Indonesia ISTIQLAL MOSQUE Inaugurated in 1978, Istiqlal Mosque is owned by Indonesian State Secretary with Ministry of Religious Affairs of Indonesian Republic. Istiqlal meaning ‘Independence’, is a reminder of Indonesia’s struggle for national independence. Its 17 years construction was personally supervised by the first President of Indonesian Republic, Soekarno. Today, this mosque has become the largest mosque in Southeast Asia both in structure and capacity, as it can accommodate congregation of up to 120,000 people, has 4 levels of balcony.
Stop At: Jakarta Cathedral, Jl. Katedral No.7B, Ps. Baru, Kecamatan Sawah Besar, Kota Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10710, Indonesia Jakarta’s neo-gothic Roman Catholic Cathedral stands on the north corner of Lapangan Banteng, or Banteng Square, which, during the Dutch colonial period was called Waterlooplein, or Waterloo Square in Central Jakarta. Today, the Cathedral stands right across Jakarta’s largest mosque, the Istiqlal Mosque.
Stop At: ITC Mangga Dua, Jl. Mangga Dua Raya, Jakarta 11110 Indonesia Located at the northern part of Jakarta, Mangga Dua area is not merely a shopping centre. Dinas Pariwisata dan Kebudayaan (Department of Tourism and Culture) of North Jakarta has included Mangga Dua as one of the 12 coastal tourism spots to attract foreign tourists. Don’t be surprised if you hear people speak in Malaysian or Arabian in this area. Not only foreign tourists, Mangga Dua has also been the favorite shopping destination for local tourists, especially those from outside Java.
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