Located at the very center of Jakarta, Gambir encompasses the massive Merdeka Square, where the iconic National Monument stands. The district is also home to two of the capital's most important political centers, Merdeka Palace and Jakarta City Hall.
The Merdeka Square is surrounded by an array of tourist attractions, including the National Museum that showcases ancient stone sculptures, traditional textiles, and other archeological treasures from across the archipelago. The National Gallery houses an extensive collection of paintings by prominent Indonesian artists — such as Raden Saleh, Affandi, and Basoeki Abdullah — alongside temporary exhibitions of contemporary art and photography.
Gambir Station lies directly across the National Gallery. This busy train station, which dates back to the 19th century, connects Jakarta to major cities across Java Island including Bandung, Surabaya, and Yogyakarta. At the nearby Pecenongan area, humble food stalls and eateries offer delicious comfort food such as Cantonese congee and chocolate-filled martabak until midnight — or even for 24 hours.