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Jakarta is the capital city of Indonesia. It is a perfect destination if you want to experience the hustle and bustle of life in this city never sleeps. Jakarta is known as the busiest city in Indonesia and has the largest population.
The history of the megapolis begins from a small port called “Sunda Kelapa” which is located at the estuary of the Ciliwung River which is believed to exist in the days of Hindu civilization as early as the 5th century. The port has received numerous visits from traders all around the world and the first traders to arrive was the Portuguese. The Portuguese immigrants were later granted permission to set up a barrier at the Sunda Kelapa’s estuary in the 16th century. Prince Fatahillah from Cirebon and Java felt unhappy when the country was colonized. Therefore, they acted to expel the Portuguese in 1527 and changed the name of Sunda Kelapa to Jayakarta which means 'Victory City'. However, Jayakarta was unable to survive for a long time because in the year 1619, the city was captured by the East Indies Syarikah and they had changed its name to Batavia. Batavia had reached its peak time when the city became the SHTI administration centre and they have become the most important city in the country. However, during the Second World War, Batavia had fallen into the hands of the Japanese army and renamed it as Jakarta to win the hearts of the local people. The name of Jakarta remains until today and since then, they have gone through various aspects of evolution to become the capital city of Indonesia.
Jakarta is divided into six parts namely Central Jakarta, West Jakarta, South Jakarta, East Jakarta, North Jakarta and Thousand Islands (Kepulauan Seribu). Each of these parts has its own attractions and tourist destinations. Among the must-visit places are the National Museum, Merdeka Square, Grand Indonesia Shopping Town, Istiqlal Mosque, Mangga Dua Market, Indonesia Waterbom and many more. The currency in Indonesia is Indonesian Rupiah, or the short form for them is IDR. Looking at the current exchange rate, Indonesian Rupiah value is much lower than the Singapore Dollar and this is the opportunity for the Singaporeans to visit Jakarta. During a visit to Jakarta, it may not cause language problems for us who can speak Bahasa Melayu because the citizens are using Bahasa Indonesia which is similar to the Malay language.
The capital city of Indonesia has a tropical monsoon climate. For rainy season, it will usually begin from October until May while May until September is a hot season. So if you want to make a visit to Jakarta, you have to plan your trip wisely. For food lovers, they need to take the opportunity to taste the uniqueness and diversity of Indonesian food in Jakarta. The tourists will experience to eat from Western food to the traditional Indonesian food such as Bakso, Nasi Padang, Gudeg and many more.
If you are interested in traveling from Singapore to Jakarta, there are two transportation methods that can get you there. The fastest way is travelling by plane. They will take a flight from Singapore Changi Airport to Soekarno Hatta International Airport. There are several flights that land at Soekarno Hatta International Airport. Among them are Garuda Indonesia, Singapore Airlines, Citilink Indonesia, Indonesia Air Asia, and Batik Air. Moreover, there are about 35 flights per day and the prices offered are quite competitive among the airlines. Usually, the price for the return ticket will be around SGD 100 to SGD 150.
The second way is travelling by ferry. For those who choose this option, the journey will take a long time and it is quite challenging if you want to travel with your family as there will be discomfort and a barrier in the language. You will have to take a ferry at the Harbourfront Ferry Terminal which is located in Singapore to Batam, Indonesia since there is a route from Singapore directly to Jakarta. The journey takes about an hour. When you arrive in Batam, you can choose to take a plane directly to Jakarta or continue to use ferry service. If you choose to travel by ferry, you need to take a ferry from Batam to Dumai. There are two operators that provide ferry services namely Dumai Express and Batam Jet. When you have reached Dumai, you need to travel by bus and it will take you to Jakarta which will take more than a day! Once again, the tourists need to be reminded that the ferry ride is quite challenging and it will take a longer time if compared with travelling by plane.
There are many interesting places to visit in Jakarta. You can request what you want; be it spending your free time by doing some activities with your family, exploringing the historical sites, visiting exciting eateries, exclusive boutiques, and a few shops in Jakarta.
The National Museum of Indonesia, or known as the 'Gedung Gajah', is one of Jakarta's main landmarks. This museum was built in 1862 and it has preserved many heritages from a long time ago. Located at Medan Merdeka Barat Street, the visitors can learn the history of Indonesia in this museum. It is recognized as one of the best museums in Southeast Asia. There are over 141,000 ancient artefacts, archaeological remains, ceramics, historical tools, geographical resources and many more. This museum has stored a variety of Hindu statues and Buddhism statues during the Java era. The National Museum of Indonesia opens from Tuesday until Sunday. It starts the operation as early as 8 o'clock in the morning.
Located next to the Indonesian Merdeka Square, there is a mosque called as the Istiqlal Mosque. It was opened to the public on 22 February 1978. This mosque is the largest mosque in Southeast Asia and it is the third world largest mosque in terms of capacity. Istiqlal Mosque was built to celebrate the independence of Indonesia and the word 'Istiqlal' itself means independence. Besides that, it features modern and contemporary architeture. If you have the opportunity to visit this mosque, appreciate the beauty of the interior as well as the exterior design of this magnificent building.
National Monument or known as 'Monas' among the citizens in Indonesia is a 132-meter high tower which is located in the middle of Merdeka Square, Indonesia. The tower was built as a symbol of the struggle of Indonesians to achieve independence. They start to build the tower in 1961 under the leadership of President Soekarno and it was officially opened in 1975. There are sculptures on the exterior wall of the Monas during the empire Singhasari, Majapahit, and the rule of Europe as well as Japanese. This place opens daily and it has received many visitors from local and foreign countries. For the tourists who are into history, this place is a perfect destination to visit.
Gado-Gado is a salad that is served with peanut sauce. It consists of a few types of vegetable, tofu and fried Tempe. To enjoy the best Gado-Gado in Jakarta, make a visit to Bonbin Gado-Gado Restaurant.
This dish consists of rice and fried meat. Bebek rice is served with fresh vegetables. It can be found easily at any stalls as well as luxurious hotels. This meal is nice to be eaten during lunch or dinner time.
Barito Chicken Porridge
Barito chicken porridge is very well recommended by the lcoal people. It is ideal for those who love porridge. It has a soft texture which it is also suitable for all walks of life, be it a child or even an elderly! This porridge is served with a few types of dishes. The visitors can drop by at the barito chicken stall. This stall will start to operate at 7 pm.
Ancol Dreamland or in the Indonesian language called as Taman Impian Jaya Ancol is one of the parts in Ancol Bay City. It is a famous resort which is located on the coast of Jakarta. Ancol Dreamland was officially opened in 1966 and it is the largest integrated tourism centre in Southeast Asia. It has theme parks, bowling centres, hotels, golf courses and a few types of leisure facilities. Ancol Dreamland is an ideal destination for a weekend getaway. Visitors get a chance to spend their leisure time and have fun at the theme park with their families and friends.
Tanjung Lesung has a relaxing beach with white sand and colourful coral reefs! The journey to get there takes about 4 hours and 30 minutes by driving from Jakarta. Visitors are able to enjoy the beauty of the environment along the way to Tanjung Lesung! Besides that, there are a lot of accommodations if they plan to have a night at this place.
Ujung Kulon National Park
Visitors can explore a few types of unique wildlife in this Ujung Kulon National Park. This national park is situated more than 230 km from Jakarta. It is one of the UNESCO heritage sites in Jakarta. This national park houses many animals and endangered plants such as rhinoceros and many more. In a nutshell, Ujung Kulon National Park is a perfect destination for the visitors who want to witness the wildlife and be embraced by nature.
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