The Old Batavia is quite big but because of my unending curiosity, I seldom blink while riding a cab then I saw this big and old building- Museum Mandiri. You wouldn’t miss to see this outstanding structure along the way to the center of the old town.
According to our small hand book of Jakarta cultural heritage, the museum consists of a wide range of collections related to banking activities during the old days to its development. Honestly, I’m more interested of the structure so I’m glad that I had a short glimpse of it.
Fatahillah Square encloses the center of the Old Batavia. Around the square are the Wayang Museum, Fine and Ceramic Museum, Fatahillah Museum and Café Batavia. This place is great for relaxation. The colorful bicycles with hats parked for rent infront of the Museum Wayang are just fantastic! There are students everywhere; most of them are very busy doing their paintings/ drawings while some take pictures with their digital cameras. There are also families having a picnic under the shaded tree. Vendors of foods and drinks walk around to make their living.
There are also mimes that really look like a statue at first but they know when to move a bit if they see people close to them then they’ll do some “dance” moves if you drop them money in their collection box.
Gereja Katedral Jakarta or Jakarta Cathedral is very much unique in where it is situated. It stands adjacent to the Masjid Istiqlal mosque.
The church is beautiful and built in neo-gothic style. When my friend and I stood infront of the church, I thought of Quasimodo. I was really fascinated by its architecture which is somewhat similar to the Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon. The difference only is that the Gereja Katedral Jakarta has these magnificent ivory towers. The church is quite old but it still holds its sophisticated image especially at night.
We visited the church on a Saturday so my friend and I decided to attend an anticipated mass. We waited for almost 2 hours to start the mass that I dozed off a bit due to exhaustion but I was able to observe and realize that there are a few different things the Catholics do here from what we used to do back home. When the mass is about to start, my friend and I forgot to ask an important thing to any of the locals… if the mass will be celebrated in English language….? Guess you know what the ending is… haha! We attended a Bahasa Indonesia anticipated mass. Well, who cares! Even we didn’t understand the language, the essence of being present spiritually in a holy celebration mattered most:)
It is the oldest church in Jakarta and it was build outside of the city walls for the "black portuguese", natives and europeans captured from Portuguese trading posts and brought here.
The church looks far from a typical portuguese church and is today protestant.
The influence of Portugal in indonesia was also evident in language where there are many words derived (Indonesian/Portuguese/English):
If you want to experience fancy malls in Jakarta, check out GI (Grand Indonesia) and PI (Plaza Indonesia) next to each other; Sency (Senayan City) and PS (Plaza Senayan) across each other. They will blow you away if you don't have malls where you live. Of course, they are malls full of good restaurants, cafés, normal (Zara) and fancy shops (Hermes). You have everything there: supermarket, hairdresser, furniture store, fitness center, toy store, lounge, theater, bank, day care.
If you want to experience less fancy malls, go to Mangga 2, Ambassador, they're good as well, just for a lower class usually.
Malls is a culture in Jakarta; you do everything there and can literally spend half a day there. Example: go to your bank, go ice-skating, then lunch, then watch a movie then go to a café, work out at gym, then go to the supermarket :)
This is a nice place to take your kids. They have various shows here like the Dolphin and Seal Show. Also a Pirate Show and also a 4D Movie which is really a great experience. They also have an underwater theatre here which is really cool to see all the under water acts. They also have another show with alot of animals like Hippo`s ,bears and so on. Your kids will love this.
This is one great place in Jakarta. I spent 2 months in Jakarta and you almost get the feeling that you don`t live anywhere near the sea beside every now and then I get a nice sea breeze as I lived in North Jakarta but going to Ancol changes that perception. There is really so much to do there including rent bicyles and riding around there along the beach as Ancol is big area. From swimming in the sea ,to a waterworld ,aquariam and theme park. It definitely comes high on my list of things to do when visiting Jakarta. It`s also great for a Sunday stroll along the beach.
At Ancol you can also book trips here to visit Thousand Island so I would say it`s must to put on the places to visit when in Jakarta.
Jakarta has many museums to be explored. Unlike many museums in other countries I have visited that provide audio guide or tour guide to explain exhibits and stories, museums in Jakarta are self-service. I would suggest you google or find the information before hand as many exhibits do not provide sufficient information.
I always take my kids to museum, rather than to shopping malls and they enjoy museums a lot. I am happy they learn more than their classmates.
There are many museums in Jakarta and I believe it will take lots of time to explore them all. I would suggest some not-to-be-missed museums if you have a very short time in Jakarta
1. Old Town (Kota Tua) - all in walking distance: Fine Art and Ceramic Museum, Jakarta History Museum or Museum Fatahillah, Maritime Museum, Museum Bank Indonesia & Museum Bank Mandiri (old fashioned banking equipment and computers), Wayang Museum
2. Jakarta Textile Museum: learn how to make Batik
3. Monas and National Museum
A concert to commemorate 200 years of Mendelssohn, held by Jakarta Festival Chorus in the newest and best concert hall in Indonesia. The repertoire is the first oratorio written by Mendelssohn in his life and going to be sung completely, the first ever in Indonesia.
For classical music lover, make sure you miss not this event!
Tickets available upon request.
For further information, please call:
Charity 021 - 6289618/19 (Mon ~ Fri / office hour)
i don't know what interesting to you so this is a rough guide to enjoy jakarta.
cultural visit: taman mini, national museum at merdeka barat, old town jakarta kota, old housing area menteng.
city tour: national monument monas, national sport facilities senayan, new development (grand indonesia, plaza indonesia, senayan city, plaza senayan).
shopping: mangga dua area, blok m area, big shopping malls in jakarta.
traditional stuff: sarinah thamrin, pasaraya blok m, batik city thamrin.
hang out: kemang area (night time).
food: kelapa gading area.
recreational: dunia fantasi ancol, kebun buah mekarsari.
around 3-hour drive out of jakarta: bandung (food and garments), bogor (food and botanical garden), anyer (beach and sea food), pulau seribu (small islands in northern jakarta).
please consider travel time since jakarta is famous for traffic jam. enjoy jakarta ..
A concert to inaugurate the first concert hall ever in Indonesia. The concert hall will be adorned with the biggest pipe organ in Indonesia too!
The concert will be divided into two programmes which will be held on two different weeks.
The first programme is: Magnificat - J.S. Bach by Jakarta Oratorio Society and Piano Concerto No. 5 "Emperor" - L.v. Beethoven by Jessie Chang. This concert will be held on 17-18 October 2009, at 19.30 pm.
The second programme is: Organ Concerto Op. 7 No 4 - G.F. Handel by Billy Kristanto and Oratorio The Creation - F.J. Haydn by Jakarta Oratorio Society. This concert will be held on 23-24 October 2009, at 19.30 om.
For both programmes:
- soloists: Huang Wei (soprano), Anna Koor (alto), Dan Decker (tenor), and Chen Yong Chen (bass)
- conductors: Dr. Stephen Tong and Dr. Jahja Ling
Ticket: 250.000 (25USD), 500.000 (50USD), 1.000.000 (100USD), and 2.500.000 (250USD)
Availability upon request.
Recommended for classical music lovers as well as people who are interested with architectures and arts.
Indonesia is the biggest Muslim country on the planet, and Jakarta is the biggest Muslim city of the world! So don’t be surprised you see mosques and mushollas (little mosques, or praying rooms) everywhere, at every street corner, or almost. . . They are all different, have their own style, personality. . . .
Some are squeezed between the skyscrapers, like here (picture 1), behind the Pacific Place building and I wonder how the muezzin calls for prayer. . . . Other mosques are on wide open space and you can see the minaret from far (picture 2, Pluit, west of Sunda Kelapa), some are decorated like cream cakes (picture 3, near Pasar Minggu) other are very modest or austere (picture 4, Mampang) hidden in gardens. All these mosques contribute to the aspect and atmosphere of the city, and in some areas, the muezzin concerts” are quite impressive.
Jakarta is well known for its high rise buildings. Constructions of sky scrapers began in Jakarta in the end sixties, and during the eighties and beginning nineties, before the economic crisis in Asia (1997) Jakarta was just a gigantic construction place, and the area between Monas in the north and Senayan and Kuningan in the south is now a forest of high rise buildings.
I like the contrast between the trees, modest natural things and the huge glass and concrete creations (picture 1, JSX building in the middle), or how we look tiny in some perspectives (picture 2, Pacific Place building, picture 3, JSX again).
From the Monas tower you can have a good overlook on this building forest, and can see it extends very far (picture 4); frem there you feel tall and dominating, but in general you (well, me at least!) feel very tiny, like an insect, and it is weird to bee in between these high buildings, looking for horizon between them, as they hide the sky. . . (picture 5).
Glodok is the historical Chinese quarter of Jakarta, a world for itself.
I already posted a few lines about in my general %LIndonesiapage, and I just add here a few impressions of my last visit.
Glodok is very well known for electronics; if you are looking for electronic devices, cameras, gameboys, laptops, memory cards, whatever, you may find here what you are looking for, and if they do not have on hand, they will get it for you within hours! Prices are not the most competitive, but you always can try bargaining.
The main places for electronics shops are the bridge over the wide avenue at the northern end of Jalan Gajah Mada, (on the first picture is one of the tens of camera shops there) and the big mall at the crossing of Jalan Pinangsia and Jalan Manga Besar, 200 m East of this bridge (walk along Jalan Pinangsia).
But there are not only electronics, and I looked with some scare at what I have seen for the first time on sale in Jakarta: fire arms (picture 2)! I am not expert and on the detail picture (picture 3) you may have a better idea (may be they are toys only, but I doubt), and also see, that there are not only arms, but also dirty movies and things like that; Glodok is also known for “red light” activities and things like that.
The Glodok I like is the Chinese quarter, and when I visited this time, I noticed I missed some Chinese festival, as there were dancers having a rest in their truck after a performance (picture 4), and the streets were decorated and lots of shops were selling festival clothes (picture 5)
In Kota is a huge bus terminal, near Pasar Ikan, where the buses (and the drivers! ) have a rest, before returning in the hell of the traffic jams, the pollution, the noise, the hectic and exhausting way of earning a living. . . . I passed there, on Jalan Kali Besar Timur, on the way to Taman Fatahillah, and as I looked curious, some of the guys were curious too, and we had the usual chat: Dari mana? Ke mana? Panas hari ini , ya? Dibangun jam berapa? Oooh susah! Bekerja duabelas jam sehari. . . . etc. . . etc. . . Where are you from? Where are you going? They work twelve hours a day, wake up early, it is very difficult life. These people like a lot you speak a bit with them in their language; usually they are just “transparent, for Indonesian and of course more transparent to the foreigners, they do not exist.
On the first pictures the drivers are awake, and on the four oter pictures you see some having a rest, either in their bus, or on the sidewalk, and some even make a mattress with the leaves of the trees under which they have a nap (picture 5)
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