Jakarta Travel Guide


Jakarta, an introduction


The Indonesian capital Jakarta develops rapidly becoming the largest metropolitan area in Indonesia and also the 6th largest metropolitan area in the world. Jakarta is densely populated though still with friendly residents who most of them migrated from various cities around the country contributing to the cultural diversity of Jakarta.

Jakarta History

The Special Capital Region of Jakarta (Daerah Khusus Ibu Kota Jakarta) has a long history. The name “Jakarta” was started to be used in 1942 during Japanese occupation time. It was the abbreviation of Jayakarta. “Jayakarta” was used in 1527-1619. It was given by Demak and Cirebon people under Fatahillah on June 22nd, 1527. Up until now, June 22nd is celebrated as Jakarta’s anniversary. “Jayakarta” itself means city of victorious. But the actual meaning is “victory achieved by deed”.

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Jakarta on the map

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things to see

Things to see

Jakarta is a historical city with various cultures. Many historical places can be visited by tourists here. You can start by visit Monumen Nasional(Monas) or National Monument. This historical monument is an icon of Jakarta. Don't ever to claim visited Jakarta if you didn't visit Monas. You can find much things related to Indonesia's national history in here. If you want to know Indonesia closely in short time, go to Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII). Here you can find a lot of miniatures from all of cities and ethnics in Indonesia. TMII is a mini replica of Indonesia. You can also enjoy the past atmosphere here in Jakarta by visiting the Jakarta Old Town or Sunda Kelapa. You can capture its past beautiful scenery inside your camera.

things to do

Things to do

As a metropolitan city, you can do many things here such as enjoying the adrenaline's rides in Ancol Jakarta Bay City or you can just refreshing your mind to do sport in Jakarta's biggest stadium, Gelora Bung Karno Stadium. For shoppaholic, Tanah Abang is a must-visited. Tanah Abang is a fashion center with wholesale prices. You can also going around enjoying the city by Trans Jakarta, a typical public transportation which also called as busway.

things to eat

Things to eat

The most must-eat food in Jakarta is kerak telor. It's tasteful which made by fried chicken's or duck's egg with some ingredients. You can also eat this kerak telor with delicious srundeng and ketan. Srundeng is made from dry-fried grated coconut and ketan is sticky rice. Here in Jakarta you can find roti buaya (crocodille bread). This bread is unique because shaped as crocodille and always available on Betawi's traditional wedding ceremony. For Betawi people, roti buaya is a loyalty symbol for his/her mate. For another healthy food, you can try gado-gado. It's a famous food from Jakarta and you can find it in almost all over cities in Indonesia although it is a typical food of Jakarta. Mixed of various vegetables, egg, potatoes and krupuk (crackers) with soft peanut sauce make this food so tasty.

Things to see and do near Jakarta

Airport at Jakarta

Jakarta is served by the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport and Jakarta Halim Perdanakusuma Airport

Soekarno-Hatta International Airport

The Soekarno-Hatta International Airport of Jakarta is a huge airport, currently the tenth busiest in the world and one of the fastest growing airports in the world. The Soekarno-Hatta airport is located in the district Cengkareng (hence the IATA code CGK) about 20km northwest of downtown Jakarta. The Jakarta airport is the main hub for every airline for flights throughout Indonesia. Often direct flights between cities are not available or expensive and the best option is often with a transfer in Jakarta. From Jakarta you can reach every corner of Indonesia as well as numerous international destinations. The Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta Airport has three terminals. Terminal 1 is used for most domestic flights (except Garuda and Airasia), Terminal 2 is for international flights (plus domestic Garuda Indonesia flights), the new and comfy Terminal 3 is for all flights for Airasia and Mandala and several Lion air flights depart here.

Jakarta Halim Perdanakusuma Airport

Jakarta's Halim Perdanakusuma Airport was the city's main airport until the opening of Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta Airport in 1985 and was used for governmental flights and it is a major air force base for the Indonesian Air Force. Recently it was reopened for commercial flights to ease the congestion at the main airport. Citlink has moved some flights to Halim and more may follow.

Entering the city from the airport

Soekarno-Hatta International Airport

Taxis from the airport are available at kiosks just before the terminal exit or outside. Booking a taxi inside is more expensive (Rp. 150.000 to 200.000), but it will be faster. Outside you will find several taxi companies of which Blue Bird is one of the best but also bit more expensive. A ride into the city would cost about Rp 100.000 to Rp 150.000 depending destination and the taxi company. All taxis use the meter (argo). Once outside you will be greeted by many touts offering you taxis, just ignore them and head strait to the taxis.

Damri provides a good bus service to numerous destinations in Jakarta and beyond. The Damri busses are all air-conditioned and comfortable. They use the toll-road so it is a quick, convenient and cheap alternative. A ticket for a destination in Jakarta would cost Rp 30.000 to Rp 50.000. You can buy a ticket at the booth or inside the bus. The Damri busses depart in front of the terminals. At terminal 1 they depart on the other side of the road. At terminal 2 they depart at the arrivals floor on the far left side.

Jakarta is a very congested city so you need to take extra travel time into account, especially during rush hours.

Jakarta Train stations


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