15 Best Things To Do in Jakarta

The capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta, is blessed with incredible natural beauty and modern structures. People rightly refer to Jakarta as the city of contrasts as it is a perfect mixing pot of old and the new as well as brings many cultures like Java, Indian, European, and Arab together. Some famous tourist attractions in Jakarta include Taman Mini Indonesia and the National Monument of Indonesia. One of the best places to visit in Jakarta is the Old Town of Jakarta the streets of which are dotted with Dutch colonial buildings. The theme parks like Ancol and Atlantis add more to the points of interest in Jakarta. Below you will find the 15 best things to do in Jakarta that you should keep in your itinerary.

Here's the list of Jakarta points of interest  and 15 best things to do in Jakarta:

1. Get a glimpse of Indonesian culture at Taman Mini Indonesia Indah

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 Located in East Jakarta, Taman Mini Indonesia Indah is also called the Beautiful Indonesia Miniature Park. Sprawling over an area of 250 acres, this cultural recreational area is the best place to get a glimpse of Indonesian lifestyle within a short period. As you enter the park, you will find 26 replicas of traditional Jakarta houses. Taman Mini Indonesia is home to some museums, performing theatres, and arts and crafts stalls, and also provides accommodation facility. Once you are here, you will understand how diverse the culture of Indonesia is.

2. Click pictures of the National Monument

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The National Monument of Indonesia is located at the center of Merdeka Square. The monument is lovingly known as Monas by the locals. The monument was built to mark the first proclamation of Independence of Indonesia from the colonial rule in 1945. This 137-meter-tall monument catches everyone’s attention who is hopping around the Merdeka Square. At the top of the monument, you will see a 14.5-meter bronze flame coated with gold. Click some photographs of the national monument during the dusk and it will be the best pic of your Jakarta trip.

3. Have a fun-filled day at Dunia Fantasi

Dunia Fantasi is a part of Ancol Dreamland in North Jakarta. This beautiful theme park is also known as Dufan by the locals. There are over 40 rides and plenty of attractions inside the park that promise a fun-filled day for the entire family. The park was opened in 1984 and since then it has been a favorite spot for recreational activities and picnic for families and school kids. You can enjoy a tornado that can spin you in all directions, one-of-a-kind roller coasters, and the thrills of free fall tower.

4. Take a dip in history at Jakarta History Museum

For all the history buffs who are always looking to combining the fun with knowledge, a visit to the Jakarta History Museum is a must. Also known as Fatahillah Museum or Batavia Museum, this interactive museum showcases the Indonesian history from the prehistoric period to the Dutch rule and then independent Indonesia. The building was modeled after the Dam Palace, the Royal Palace of Amsterdam. A walk through the 37 ornate rooms of the museums will introduce you to the wonderful historical facts about Indonesia.

5. Meet the Indonesian fauna at Ragunan Zoo

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 Home to a large number of exotic animals, Ragunan Zoo is a fantastic place to be it. The locals call it Kebun Binatang Ragunan and it is one of the oldest zoos in the world while southeast Asia’s largest. You will find the animals like Sumatran tiger, komodo dragon, chimpanzees, gorillas, and other Indonesian animal species as well as the animals from Arabia, Africa, and America. The zoo also features a kid’s park and a pond where families can enjoy a picnic. You can visit the zoo between 9am to 4pm on all days of the week except Monday.

6. Live an Ocean dream at Sea World Indonesia

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Also called Sea World Ancol, this beautiful aquarium is a like an ocean dream one can see with open eyes. There are several tanks in the aquarium including one main tank and one shark tank. In addition to this, you will find a freshwater area, an Antasena tunnel, an ecosystem tank, Dugong tank, and a deep-sea area that will familiarize you with the magnificence of marine life. You can also enjoy feeding the sharks. Discover over 3500 marine animals at Seaworld Indonesia.

7. Spend a peaceful time at St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral

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 Known for its beautiful spires and towers, St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral in Jakarta is one of the must-see attractions. This Roman Catholic cathedral is built in Neo-Gothic style. It is located in central Jakarta and you can easily reach here from the Merdeka Square. There are 3 spires in the Cathedral two of which are 60 meters tall. While the exterior cathedral looks out of picture postcard, its interior is equally beautiful. There is a small museum on the second floor where you can explore the relics of Catholic rituals.

8. Spend a relaxing time at Taman Suropati

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 Located in central Jakarta, Taman Suropati is one of the most beautiful spots to relax and refresh. While the place remains peaceful and calm on weekdays, its burst into laughter and festivities on weekends as people from Jakarta come here to spend a joyous time. This hill-shaped park was named after the national hero Untung Suropati who fought for Indonesia’s independence. You will also see some statues and monuments inside the park marking the friendship between Asian nations.

9. Admire the architecture of Istiqlal Mosque

The largest mosque in southeast Asia, Istiqlal Mosque the center of attraction in Jakarta, Indonesia. It is also called the National Mosque of Indonesia. The word istiqlal means independence and this mosque was built in order to commemorate the Indonesian independence. The mosque has a modern structure and a 96.66 meters tall minaret. Inside the mosque, there is a wonderful work of stainless steel, ceramics, and marble. You will also see seven gates of the mosque representing the seven heavens of Islam.

10. Take a ferry ride to Pramuka Island

One of the popular spots for couples in Jakarta, Pramuka Island is located in the Thousand islands archipelago. A ferry ride from Marina Ancol Jakarta to Pramuka Island itself is something you will remember for a lifetime. The ethnic groups like Betawi, Baten and Madura are the inhabitants of this island. You would love to visit the turtle conservation area on the island as well as the mangrove surrounding it. There are homestays for tourists staying where you can best experience the local vibe.

11. Learn about the soul of Indonesia at National Museum of Indonesia

The National Museum of Indonesia is the place where you can learn about the history, culture, ethnicity, archaeology, and geology of Indonesia just under one roof. Referred to as a pride of Jakarta, the National Museum is located on the west side of Merdeka Square. A tour of the museum will let you explore 141,000 objects related to the archaeology, history, and geography of Indonesia. There are wonderful exhibits from ancient Java and Sumatra regions. The prehistory collection and ceramics collection are also worth seeing.

12. Walk along the colonial buildings of Merdeka Square

Top see the colonial impact on Indonesia, the historical square of Merdeka is a must stop. Located in the heart of Jakarta, Merdeka Square is home to the National Monument. Having an area of 1 square kilometer, it is considered as one of the largest squares in the world. Apart from the monument, you will find a lush green park and a musical fountain in the square. The square serves as a venue for the sports and recreational activities for the locals on weekends. There are a number of Dutch buildings

13. Witness the maritime history at Maritime Museum

Opened in the Dutch East India Company warehouse, the Maritime Museum of Jakarta is dedicated to the maritime history of Indonesia and with the help of various artifacts and exhibits explain the significance of sea in the Indonesian economy. Inside the museum, you will see a wonderful collection of ship models and cannons and will also learn about the tools used by ships. Reading about the maritime customs and listening to the folklore about the sea are other interesting things in the museum.

14. Take a tour of the National Gallery of Indonesia

After learning about the history of the place and admiring its natural beauty, it’s time to witness the incredible art of Indonesia. And for this, no place could be better than the National Gallery of Indonesia. The gallery was opened as a cultural institution in the year 1999. Take a tour of the gallery and you will fall in love with the 1770 phenomenal artwork by the local and international artists. The museum was established to preserve the visual art of Indonesia.

15. Splash around at Atlantis Water Adventure

A perfect place for aqua adventure, Atlantis Water Adventure attracts the tourists with its exciting slides and wave pool. The water park has eight different sections promising a fun-filled time for the visitors. In addition to the slides, you will also find the artificial beaches where you can enjoy swimming or just relax. The park also has chairs and benches to rest and a restaurant at your service.

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  1. Monas

    # 1 of 204 Things To Do in Jakarta | Added 3420 times in trip plans
    Monas

    Tags: Monument, Statue

    Address: Medan Merdeka, Jakarta Pusat, Indonesia

    Timings: 08:00 am - 03:00 pm Details

    Indonesia National Monument or what Indonesian and Jakarta people usually call as Monas is a monument built to remember the struggle of Indonesian heroes fighting the colonial domination. Mo...Read more

  2. Taman Mini Indonesia Indah

    # 2 of 204 Things To Do in Jakarta | Added 3136 times in trip plans
    Taman Mini Indonesia Indah

    Tags: Park, Picnic Spot

    Address: East Jakarta, Jakarta, Indonesia

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    The Taman Mini Indonesia Indah is one of the premier attractions of Jakarta and even more importantly shows the rich cultural diversity of the island country. As it is a very popular attraction, ticke...Read more

  3. Ancol Dream Park

    # 3 of 204 Things To Do in Jakarta | Added 2847 times in trip plans
    Ancol Dream Park

    Tags: Amusement Park, Theme Park, Entertainment, Rides

    Address: Jl. R. E. Martadinata, North Jakarta.

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Jaya Ancol Dreamland Park is a recreation area located at the seashore of Jakarta Gulf. Jaya Ancol Dreamland Park is better known as Ancol by most of Indonesian people. There’re several recreati...Read more

  4. Istiqlal Mosque

    # 4 of 204 Things To Do in Jakarta | Added 2766 times in trip plans
    Istiqlal Mosque

    Tags: Mosque, Religious Site

    Address: Jalan Taman Wijaya Kusuma, DKI Jakarta 10710, Indonesia

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Inaugurated in 1978, Istiqlal Mosque (id: Masjid Istiqlal) owned by Indonesian State Secretary with Ministry of Religious Affairs of Indonesian Republic.  Istiqlal meaning ‘Independence&rsq...Read more

  5. Jakarta Old Town

    # 5 of 204 Things To Do in Jakarta | Added 2902 times in trip plans
    Jakarta Old Town

    Tags: Walking Area, Historical Site, Old Town

    Address: Jakarta, Indonesia

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Old Town of Jakarta covers a tiny area in the capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta. The special heritage only including a 1,3 square kilometer area crossing North Jakarta and West Jakarta (Pinangsia, Ta...Read more

  6. National Museum Of Indonesia

    # 6 of 204 Things To Do in Jakarta | Added 1970 times in trip plans
    National Museum Of Indonesia

    Tags: Exhibition , Specialty Museum

    Address: Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat No.12, Gambir, Jakarta Pusat 10110, Indonesia

    Timings: 08:30 am - 02:30 pm Details

    Also known as Elephant museum to mark the elephant sculpture made of bronze metal gifted by the king of Thailand; this is the national museum of Indonesia. National Museum has more than 140,000 collec...Read more

  7. Kidzania

    # 7 of 204 Things To Do in Jakarta | Added 886 times in trip plans
    Kidzania

    Tags: Amusement Park, Theme Park, Entertainment, Rides

    Address: 6th floor of Pacific Place Shopping Mall, Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav 52-53, SCBD Complex, Jakarta 12910

    Timings: 09:00 am - 04:00 pm Details

    A full time entertainment theme park for kids, Kidzania is an international brand name for games and activity center for kids. It has variety entertainment units, game kiosks and children have to work...Read more

  8. Sea World

    # 8 of 204 Things To Do in Jakarta | Added 1428 times in trip plans
    Sea World

    Tags: Water Body, Aquarium, Picnic Spot

    Address: Jl. Lodan Timur No 7, Taman Impian Jaya Ancol, Jakarta Utara, DKI Jakarta 14430, Indonesia

    Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    A Sea world as the name suggests, ideal for kids and family picnics. Attractions inside the sea world: Main aquarium Shark aquarium Touch pool Dugong AquArapaima

  9. Indonesia Bank Museum

    # 9 of 204 Things To Do in Jakarta | Added 1349 times in trip plans
    Indonesia Bank Museum

    Tags: Specialty Museum

    Address: JL. Pintu Besar Utara 3, Jakarta, Indonesia

    Timings: 07:30 am - 03:30 pm Details

    Bank Indonesia Museum is a museum in Jakarta , Indonesia which is located on West Jakarta with the former Bank building occupies an area of town that is an Indonesia...Read more

  10. Wayang Museum

    # 10 of 204 Things To Do in Jakarta | Added 847 times in trip plans
    Wayang Museum

    Tags: Entertainment, Performance, Specialty Museum

    Address: Jalan Pintu Besar Utara No.27, Pinangsia, Jakarta Barat 11110, Indonesia

    Timings: 09:00 am - 03:00 pm Details

    Standing today on the grounds of a former old church, Wayang museum has theatrical performances employing puppets and human dances. A combination of neo classic and Dutch style of construction is refl...Read more

  11. Jakarta Cathedral

    # 11 of 204 Things To Do in Jakarta | Added 1632 times in trip plans
    Jakarta Cathedral

    Tags: Religious Site, Cathedral

    Address: Jl. Katedral No.7B Pasar Baru Sawah Besar Jakarta Pusat DKI Jakarta, Indonesia

    Jakarta Cathedral is a Roman Catholic Cathedral in Jakarta, Indonesia, which is also the seat of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Jakart. Its official name is Gereja Santa Maria Pelindung Diangkat Ke ...Read more

  12. Ragunan Zoo

    # 12 of 204 Things To Do in Jakarta | Added 1231 times in trip plans
    Ragunan Zoo

    Tags: Zoo

    Address: No. 1, Jalan Harsono RM, Pasar Minggu, Kota Jakarta Selatan, DKI Jakarta 12550, Indonesia

    Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    Ragunan Zoo is a 147 hectares park and home for 2.000 specimen and are covered more than 50.000 trees those become environment are cool and comfort. The lands are designed and are built and some are s...Read more

  13. Fatahillah Square

    # 13 of 204 Things To Do in Jakarta | Added 1092 times in trip plans
    Fatahillah Square

    Tags: Walking Area, Square

    Address: Old Batavia, Jakarta, Indonesia

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Fatahillah Square, also known as Old Batavia, is the historical district of Jakarta located in Kotas. Once a heart of the city, it is now home to attractions such as the Jakarta History Museum and man...Read more

  14. Jakarta History Museum

    # 14 of 204 Things To Do in Jakarta | Added 472 times in trip plans
    Jakarta History Museum

    Tags: History Museum

    Address: Jalan Taman Fatahillah No.1, DKI Jakarta 11110, Indonesia

    Timings: 09:00 am - 03:00 pm Details

    Jakarta History Museum is known as Fatahillah Museum. Jakarta History Museum provides information on Jakarta’s history, starting from the prehistoric age to current age, in a creative way, throu...Read more

  15. Gedung Kesenian

    # 15 of 204 Things To Do in Jakarta | Added 263 times in trip plans
    Gedung Kesenian

    Tags: Performance, Theatre

    Address: Jalan Gedung Kesenian 1, 10110, Indonesia

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Jakarta(Jakarta Arts Theatre): It’s the proud landmarks among the numerousJakartabuildings that are conserved. A number of town best performances by each native and visiting artist are usually he...Read more

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