Right in front of the Istiqlal Mosque is the Cathedral Church, an old church built in the Gothic style.
At the mouth of the Ciliwung River, is the fish market and museum, which provides an interesting glimpse into the city's rich history as a maritime port. The museum is located along the harbor in restored warehouses that date back to the first trading outposts of the Dutch East India Company.
The biggest mosque in Southeast Asia, the Istiqlal Mosque has a capacity of 120,000 devotees. Interestingly enough, Istiqlal was designed by Frederich Silaban, a Christian architect.
Within central Jakarta sits Jalan Surabaya, a complex of antique shops and stores. Products include batik, or traditional, wax-dyed cloth; wayang golek, or Javanese wooden puppets; as well as Indonesian antiques, paintings, and scriptures.
These beautiful islands are located in North Jakarta and feature lovely beaches, world-class resorts and marine parks.
Puppets are a famous traditional art form in Jakarta and they are on display here in full force: three-dimensional puppets, shadow puppets and dancing puppets. Wayang features weekly performances, held on Sunday mornings at 10, and visitors with children are encouraged to attend. Afterwards, enjoy lunch at Café Batavia right across the street.
Built in the 1700s as the Royal Batavian Society of Arts and Sciences, the National Museum is charged with preserving Indonesia’s rich cultural and historic heritage. The museum is home to a large collection of ethnographic, prehistoric and archeological artifacts.