MONAS - NATIONAL MONUMENT
As an icon of the city and a symbol of the struggle of Indonesia, Monas is a place worth visiting. In addition to the monument, you can also find The National History Museum in the area around Monas. In this museum there are many dioramas depicting the history of Indonesia. In addition to learning about the history of Indonesia, it is quite interesting to take pictures with Monas as a background. Be creative and make your own unique picture!
The monument and the museum are located in central Jakarta. They are open daily from 08.00 – 15.00 throughout the week except the last Monday of each month. The best time to visit Monas is in the evening just before the sunset.
TAMAN MINI INDONESIA INDAH
TMII (literary translated as Beautiful Indonesia Miniature Park) Jakarta is located in the eastern part of the city and is a very interesting place to visit to learn Indonesian culture. This place is practically a miniature of Indonesia.
We could see the pool with a decorative map of Indonesia. Besides the pavilions of each province of Indonesia there are also many museums in the TMII area worth visiting.
The Istiqlal Mosque and The Catholic Cathedral
Istiqlal is the largest mosque in Indonesia, and also claimed to be the largest in Southeast Asia. The Cathedral is located across the road from the Istiqlal Mosque, an amazing building with neo-gothic style. Both buildings offer beautiful and charming architecture. Many say that these buildings are evidence of the tolerance and harmony that is something to be achieved in this life.
Stroll Surabaya Street
A big fan of antique stuff? You should spare one evening to walk down Surabaya street. You can find a lot of stores that mostly sells antiques, but please be careful when you decide to buy something from here. Not all things that seems antique are antique, some of them are newly produced as antiques.
Pasar Baru is the oldest shopping center in Jakarta built in the early 1800s. Located near Lapangan Banteng and Gedung Kesenian Jakarta, this shopping street was, in its heydays, the exclusive haunt of the colonial elite. Today, Pasar Baru is passable only for pedestrians. The textile shops owned by Indian Bombay merchants are still there attracting their regular clientele looking for Indian silks, brocades and a variety of textiles at reasonable prices.
Pasar Baru is also popular with owners and operators of beauty salons all over Indonesia since here you can find almost anything a salon may need, from shampoos, lotions, to special scissors and hair dryers. Besides there are shoes and clothes at sales prices.
After a tiring stroll, stop at the nostalgic Bakmi Gang Kelinci for some of Jakarta’s most popular bowl of noodles and meatballs.