Jakarta attractions things to do & see on holiday
Bogor is near enough to Jakarta to be a suburb but is also the third largest city in Indonesia. It has a world renowned botanical garden and a presidential palace ( noted for it's distinctive architecture, and extensive art collection ). Bogor is renowned for having a wide variety of delicious cuisine and also offers golf courses, tennis and other recreational activities, there are several striking waterfalls in the region which are well worth a visit.Gedung Kesenian Jakarta, (Jakarta Arts Theater): A meticulously restored Neo-renaissance structure one of the outstanding landmarks among the Jakarta buildings which have been conserved. One of the best places to see performances by both local and visiting artists.
Textile Museum (Museum Tekstil): An elegant 19th-century mansion houses a stunning colection of Batik, intricately woven ikat, and gold-threaded songket. A showcase of vintage and modern fabric creations from across Indonesia.
Ragunan Zoo: A 185-hectare city zoo containing a large collection of wildlife from throughout Indonesia, including the rare Komodo dragon, gorillas and other exotic primates.
National Monument ( Monas ): The capital city's signature landmark, built to celebrate Indonesia's independence in 1961. A trip to the observation desk nearly 400 feet high will give you a close up of the iconic gold flame spiraling toward the clouds.
Kota Tua (Old town Batavia): The picturesque old town of Jakarta, with it's old colonial Dutch charm is situated north of Jakarta near by Glodok China Town. Complete with museums and plenty of cafes and street vendors it's a great place to have a bite to eat and watch the world go by.
Gedung Proklamasi (Proclamation Building): The historical site of Indonesian independence, where on August 17th, 1945 Soekarno-Hatta (Indonesian first President and vice-President) declared the nation's independence from the Netherlands.
Other options include: Jakarta Cathedral ( one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Asia ), Museum Wayang (Puppet Museum) ( Dedicated to puppetry, one of Indonesia's most famous traditional art forms ) Jalan Surabaya ( a lively open-air antique market on the outskirts of Menteng, a great place to bargain for exotic treaures and curios ), Golfing ( very popular with Indonesia's upper-class, there are plenty of quality courses in the area ).
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