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Jakarta Sightseeing Guide - TravelPuppy.com
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Kramat Raya 81
Jakarta
P.O. Box 409
Telephone (021) 310-3117
Facsimile: (021) 310 1146

or visit the nearest regional/provincial tourist office.

Fantasy Land

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 Jaya Ancol).

Jalan Lodan Timur
Ancol, Jakarta
Telephone (021) 681512

Indonesia 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
Jakarta
Telephone (021) 840-0022

Jaya 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.

Ancol, Jakarta

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

Jakarta

Orchard Garden

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.

Slipi, Jakarta

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.

Merdeka 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.

Old Batavia

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.

Sunda Kelapa

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.