|For more information:
Kramat Raya 81
P.O. Box 409
Telephone (021) 310-3117
Facsimile: (021) 310 1146
or visit the nearest regional/provincial tourist office.
At Fantasy Land, you can take a journey of Old
Jakarta, America, Africa, Indonesia, Europe, Asia and the Palace
of the Dolls. It is situated inside Ancol Dreamland (Taman Impian
Jalan Lodan Timur
Telephone (021) 681512
in Miniature Park
This 400 acre or 160 hectare cultural park has
pavilions in the shape of traditional houses from all 27 provinces.
Every Sunday regional dance performances are held in 1 of the pavilions.
There is also an aviary, the Keong Emas theater and Museum Indonesia.
Jalan Raya Rd.
Gede Kramat Jati
Telephone (021) 840-0022
Ancol Dreamland (Taman Impian Jaya Ancol)
This dreamland occupies 343 acres or 137 hectares
of former marshland, next to the sea. It has a resort hotel, gallery
and art market, restaurant, hawker stalls, nightclubs and various
other entertainment venues.
Keong Emas Imax Theater
Miniature Park, is a theater in the shape
of a snail. The theater features a film on Indonesia.
Jalan Raya Rd.
Gede Kramat Jati
Landscaped gardens with thousands of orchard species and varieties
native to Indonesia. You can visit the mini-laboratory
and be taught how to grow orchards and cross seeds.
Jakarta History Museum
This museum is housed in the old Batavia Town Hall and is probably the most solid reminder of Dutch
rule anywhere in Indonesia. The big, bell-towered hall was built
in 1627 and served as the administration centre of the city, the
law courts, and even housed Batavia's main prison. Today, it's the
place to go if you're into heavy, carved furniture and other memorabilia
from the Dutch period. There are interesting exhibits such as a
series of gloomy portraits of all the Dutch governors-general and
early pictures of Batavia. The Jakarta History Museum is inside
Old Batavia, south of the square.
Jakarta's monuments can be somewhat described as 'inspired
tastelessness'. Among Soekarno's great legacies are his
heroes-of-socialism structures. The most impressive of these is
the 132m or 433ft National Monument (Monas). Construction
of the marble-and-gold project started in 1961 and took 14 years
to complete. The phallic symbol topped by a golden flame symbolises
the nation's strength and independence.
In the base is the National History Museum with
48 dramatic dioramas presenting a selective and overstated view
of Indonesian history. Take the lift to the top of the monument
for dramatic - though rarely clear - views of Jakarta.
The old town of Batavia is the oldest and best
reminder of the Dutch presence in Jakarta. At one
time, it contained a massive shoreline fortress surrounded by a
wall and a moat. In the early 19th century much of the city was
destroyed by the government in a bid to freshen things up, but there
are still plenty of Dutch influences in this part of town.
A few of Batavia's old buildings are still in use - some were restored
in the 1970's and now stand as museums. The centre of the area is
a cobblestone square, notorious as Taman Fatahillah.
To the west is the Kali Besar, the great canal
that formerly marked out the high-class residential area of Batavia,
and on the west bank of the canal stand the last remaining large
private homes dating from the early 18th century. Following the
canal north you'll see a small 17th-century Dutch drawbridge, the
last one in the city, named the Chicken Market Bridge.
Old Batavia is due north of the city centre at Kota train station.
A 10-minute walk north from Taman Fatahillah in
Old Batavia, the old port of Sunda Kelapa is home to the sailing
ships - the magnificent Makassar schooners. These
brightly painted ships are an important means of transportation
and freight delivery between Jakarta and the outer islands. They
also provide one of the most spectacular sights in the capital.
For a charge, old men in row boats will take you out for a closer
look at the ships. Don't hit your head on the gangplanks or mooring
ropes, and don't be surprised if you get pelted from above by rubbish
thrown from the decks. If you get out to the Palau Seribu
(Thousand Islands) in the Bay of Jakarta, you'll may see some of
these majestic schooners under sail.