Once the colonial hub of the Dutch East India Company, Jakarta is now the capital of Indonesia, and the main gateway into the country. Throughout its long history, Jakarta has known many different names and conquerors, including the French, British, Dutch, and even the Imperial Japanese. Today, Jakarta is the most populous city in Southeast Asia, and among the world's largest cities. Sprawling and chaotic, Jakarta has seen rampant development and is one of Asia's fastest growing economies.


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Cathedral Church

Right in front of the Istiqlal Mosque is the Cathedral Church, an old church built in the Gothic style.

Fish Market and Bahari Museum

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.

Istiqlal Mosque

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.

Jalan Surabaya

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.

Kepulauan Seribu

These beautiful islands are located in North Jakarta and feature lovely beaches, world-class resorts and marine parks.

Museum Wayang

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.

National Museum

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.

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