Top Ten Things to Do in Jakarta

Top things to do in the city of Jakarta | #ExploreSunda

There are so many exciting things to do in Jakarta since this city is the largest, the busiest and the most crowded city in Indonesia. Jakarta has many great places for family vacations and entertainments. 

You will find huge and sophisticated shopping malls scattered everywhere. If you love history, you should visit the old town near Sunda Kelapa harbor as well as the many museums in Jakarta, especially the National Museum. Then there are zoo and aquariums to see the wild animals.  Or go have fun in the waterparks and theme parks. Sport lovers will also have great time at bowling alley, billiard pools, golf courses, driving range, ice rinks, go-kart circuits, or join specific sport clubs at Bung Karno Stadium Complex at Senayan.

But, if you have a limited time, here's the list of the top things to do in Jakarta. Enjoy :)

1. Visit Monas - The National Monument

Monas - Monumen Nasional (the National Monument), the landmark of Jakarta.

The first on the list of the top things to do in Jakarta is to see the landmark of Jakarta, the National Monument. In Bahasa Indonesia it is called Monumen Nasional, more popularly known as Monas. It is a 132 meter tower in the middle of a vast garden. You can stroll in the garden, explore the  National History Museum in the semi-basement, and look at the view of Jakarta from its observing deck near the top of the monument. 

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2. Explore Kota Tua Jakarta

Kota Tua Jakarta - The Old Town of Jakarta

While Monas is the landmark of the city, the old town is the best place to learn the history of Jakarta. The surrounding area has many historical buildings and museums, but the most popular place is Fatahillah Square. 

It used to be a city square, when the Jakarta History Museum was a city hall. Read the story of "From a City Hall to a Museum" here...

But then again Jakarta History Museum wasn't born in this city hall. It was established in the nearby building, which was started as a church. Read the story of "From a Church to a Museum" here...

They are a couple of stories which is part of this old town history and charm. Find out more about Kota Tua ...

3. Look around the museums in Jakarta

If you love history, one of the things to do in Jakarta would be visiting the museums. Jakarta has  many museums, ranging from the government owned to the private owned, each has its own theme. The prominent ones are:

  • The National Museum of Indonesia, but many people know it as Museum Gajah (The Elephant Museum). Continue reading to find out why it is popular as Museum Gajah ...
  • The National History Museum, which is located in the semi basement of Monas. This museum is unique because it told the history through many dioramas. Continue reading the National History Museum...
  • Taman Mini Indonesia Indah has the most museums located in one place. Presently, there are 18 museums, each has different theme. Continue reading museums in TMII ...
The National Museum of Indonesia, which is popularly known as Museum Gajah (The Elephant Museum)
The National History Museum in Monas
Museums in Taman Mini Indonesia Indah
District Museum at Kota Tua Jakarta
  • Another place where you can walk from one museum to the other is called District Museum at the old town of Jakarta. There are six museums here, all depict the history from various angles: the maritime, the origin of Jakarta, history of banks in Indonesia, and cultural in terms of arts, ceramic and puppets.
Museum Sejarah Jakarta | Jakarta History Museum at Kota Tua Jakarta
Museum Wayang | Puppet Museum at Kota Tua Jakarta
Museum Bank Indonesia at Kota Tua Jakarta
Museum Bank Mandiri at Kota Tua Jakarta
Museum Bahari | Maritime Museum at Kota Tua Jakarta
Museum Seni Rupa dan Keramik [Ceramic and Art Museum]

4. Explore Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII)

Do you want to see the beauty and richness of Indonesian culture in one day? You should put Taman Mini Indonesia Indah in your list of things to do in Jakarta. TMII has beautiful traditional houses from every province and ethnic groups in Indonesia. There are 18 museums in TMII, 7 different places of worships, a planetarium, a waterpark, an IMAX and many parks. 

Read Taman Mini Indonesia Indah in detail here ...

5. Have fun in Taman Impian Jaya Ancol (Ancol Dreamland)

Next on the list of things to do in Jakarta is going to the beach! It means going to Ancol, the beach in the north of Jakarta. It started out as a beach, but over the years it has developed into an integrated tourist attraction. In addition to the beach, you will find a theme park (Dufan), Sea World, a mall (Ancol Beach City), a water park (Atlantis Water Adventure), a cable car, animal shows in Ocean Beach Samudra, a zoo in Allianz Eco Park, a marina, a bowling alley (Jaya Bowling), a golf course, hotels, and restaurants.

6. Go to Ragunan Zoo

Ragunan Zoo, Jakarta

Opened since 1966, Ragunan Zoo is one of the most favorite places to visit in Jakarta. There are many wild animals and spacious lawns for picnics. Make sure you also visit Schmutzer Primate Center, where many primates reside, including a couple of gorillas!

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7. See sea creatures in Jakarta Aquarium

Jakarta Aquarium, Jakarta

Jakarta Aquarium is the best place to see sea creatures in Indonesia. All are contained in various sizes of aquariums. Its collection also includes animals that live in the beach, mud, and mangrove. Don't miss the live performance in the main tank where the performers act like mermaids and swim without oxygen tank. 

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8. Have fun in Kidzania Jakarta

Kidzania - Jakarta

Your children might put Kidzania in their top list of things to do in Jakarta because Kidzania is a children playground to play pretend. It looks like a small city complete with all of the amenities and facilities designed with children in mind. 

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9. Spend time in Taman Wisata Alam Angke Kapuk

The Mangrove Forest at Taman Wisata Alam Angke Kapuk, Jakarta.

Taman Wisata Alam Angke Kapuk is a conserved mangrove forest that has been developed to accommodate tourists. It provides lodging, boats, and walking paths to roam the mangrove forest easily.

Where is it? What things you can do there? Continue reading Taman Wisata Alam Angke Kapuk to find the answer ...

10. Things to do in Jakarta: Shopping

Being a metropolitan, Jakarta has many places for shopping. The most obvious one is the shopping malls that are scattered all over the city. Today's shopping malls have transformed into a one stop entertainment for the whole family. Hence, you might go to a mall for shopping, watching movies, hanging out with friends, etc. Some malls have ice skating rinks, bowling alleys, and aquariums. Even the @america, the U.S. Embassy's American cultural center, is in a mall.

Taman Anggrek Indonesia Permai (TAIP)

But malls are not the only place for shopping. If you like orchid, you should visit Taman Anggrek Indonesia Permai (TAIP). Here they sell many types of orchids, from seedling to plants with blooming flowers. 

Continue reading Taman Anggrek Indonesia Permai ... 

Jakarta Great Sale Festival

If you visit Jakarta on late June, you might stumble upon the Jakarta Great Sale Festival. It is a whole month event to celebrate Jakarta's anniversary. The biggest event is the Jakarta Fair. Then there are a whole month of retail sale in shopping malls as well as traditional markets. Recently, the online markets also participate in this event.

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So many places you want to explore in Jakarta, so little time. Don't worry! Get some ideas from these free itinerary:

There are so many things to do in Jakarta, which also spread out to nearby places such as Thousand Islands (Kepulauan Seribu in Bahasa Indonesia), Anyer beach, Puncak Pass, Bandung, Lembang and Bogor.  Find out what's so interesting there:

Puncak Pass
Anyer beach.

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