Visit Jakarta (1)

12 12 2011

Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia is unique, stuffed with all the excesess and contradictions and wonders of Indonesian life. Jakarta is a tough city to explore.

The old city around Kota offers a clutch of museum and sights. However, sometimes it is just the best to accept Jakarta for what it is, and explore the restaurants, bars, clubs and shopping malls that the city does the best.

Getting into town

Soekarno-Hatta International Airport is 35 km northwest of the city. It is about an hour away via a toll road (up to two hours during rush hour). There is a damri bus service (Rp 15000) every 30 minutes from 3am to 7pm between the airport and Gambir station.

Alternatively, a metered taxy cost about Rp 130.000, including the airport service charge and toll road charges. These should be organized through the official booths in the arrival terminal. Avoid the freelance drivers outside for safety reasons.

Activities and sights

Kota

Kota is Jakarta crumbling historic heart. It brings us back to the Dutch capital of Batavia. There are some spots to visit in Kota. First, Taman Fatahillah. It’s the old town square, some fine colonial buildings and some ho-hum museums. From Jl Jaksa take the train to Kota station from Gondangdia station or by bus a northbound koridor 1 service from Sarinah busway on Jl Thamrin.  The fines way to enjoy the colonial experience is to take a drink in the magnificient Cafe Batavia and then explore Kota’s quirkier sights on foot.

Nearby, Gereja Sion is the oldest  remaining church in Jakarta. It was built in 1965 for the ‘Black Portuguese’ brougt to Batavia as slaves and given their freedom if they joined the dutch reformed church. Then, there is Toko Merah, formerly the home of Governor General Van Inhoff. It also has fine Dutch architecture. Further north, the last remaining Dutch drawbridge, the chicken Market Bridge spans the canal.

To the south of Kota, Glodok is a run-down chinese district of traditional markets and infamous nightclub. These days, most Jakartans favour air-conditioned shopping malls, so it will be more comfortable for shopping. Importantly, avoid dark side streets at night in this zone.

 


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6 responses

12 12 2011
dedisupendra

cool…different way and different style..

12 12 2011
sonyawinanda

yeah…wanna try some new stuff also to improve my english writting skill… you shoul try too…

13 12 2011
26maret2005Salim

sehat kak onya…

13 12 2011
sonyawinanda

sehat salim.. salim ba a?

16 12 2011
salmizul fitria

in what kind of thing do you concern now sist?grab all??????

16 12 2011
sonyawinanda

hahahha…just wanna try a new thing sist… how is my english?

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