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    Museum Nasional

    by black_mimi99 Written Apr 24, 2006

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    Museum Nasional or popularly known as Gedung Gajah or "Elephant Building" because of the stone elephant offered by King Chulalongkorn of Thailand in 1871, placed on the front lawn of the building. . It has one of the most complete collections of bronzes and ceramics dating back to the Han, Tang and Ming Dynasties. The Museum has one of the finest numismatic collections in the world.

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    Museum Jakarta

    by black_mimi99 Updated May 1, 2006

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    Built in 1627, the building initially served as the Dutch East Indies Company's Town Hall. It provides the historical background of Jakarta through displays of maps and antiquities, including furniture and porcelain use by the Dutch rulers.
    Located in Kota, near Kota train station, infront of the museum we can find Batavia Cafe...

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    Topeng Moneyt

    by black_mimi99 Updated Apr 4, 2006

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    This is Jakarta's traditional transportation, Bajaj, like Tuk-tuk in Bangkok. But one thing intersting me to see this Bajaj is the monkey up on the Bajaj!!! The owner insight the Bajaj, and the monkey on the roof, That's Topeng Monyet group, the Traditional monkey show, where the monkey will do like the man do... we can see this show at the housing complex, or on the street stand resto.

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    Gedung Kesenian Jakarta

    by black_mimi99 Written Jun 25, 2006

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    Sir Thomas Raffles, who was renowned of his deep interest in the study and preservation of local culture paved the way to the birth of present GKJ, during the British Colonial rule. A simple bamboo theater was built and named 'Military Theater Venue' in Weltevreden.

    Then in 1821 this bamboo theater was replaced by erecting an ideal permanent art building with a size of 144 by 60 feet, called Schouwburg Weltevreden by Dutch Colonial Government.
    Later on its name had been changed several times: Gedung Kesenian Pasar Baru, Gedung Komidi (Comedie Gebouw) and Schouwburg. Since 1987 its official name is Gedung Kesenian Jakarta (GKJ)

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    History Museum

    by kokoryko Updated Apr 8, 2009

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    The former town hall (stadthuis) hosts the Museum Sejarah (History museum) since 1974; it is not a very great museum you would expect in the capital city of Indonesia, it is not a modern museum, but it has a provincial charm and there are few displays and explanations which give you an very good quick insight in the history of Indonesia and Jakarta. You start here from pre-historical times and walk through time in the museum till the days of independence.
    First of all, the building itself (picture 1), a long two storey (three with the mansards level) renovated, with a campanile above the entrance deserves a look; imagine how it was when Dutch militaries guarded it, the crowds on the square in front, it is a very interesting building.
    A few very important displays (originals, or casts) have to be seen in theis museum: the batu tulis (engraved stone) known as Ciaruteun stone (picture 2), dating back to an old Hindu kingdom of the fifth century; witness of the very important influence of Hinduism in Java, Hindu based philosophy and philosophy of life, which is far from having been erased by Islam, and the statue of Vishnu (picture 3) is another witness.
    In the museum are pre-historic remains, and I was deceived not to find some links to the “Man of Java”, the first discovered Homo Erectus (Discovered near Solo, in 1891), a possible ancestor aged one million years! (nothing to do with the much publicised “hobbits” of Flores).
    In the wide rooms of the museum, you will mainly see artefacts from Dutch colonial time, mainly furniture like on picture4.
    Ah, near the entrance is a strange winged Portuguese cannon (picture 5).
    A little part of the museum is really worth to visit, but all the furniture, tables, beds, dishes. . . too much for me!
    Open Tuesday Sunday, 9 am, 3 pm
    Closed Mondays and public holidays
    Entrance 2000 rp

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    Pantara Island

    by latte18 Written May 10, 2004

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    One of the islands in the Thousand Islands group, Pantara Island is the furthest island from Ancol Marina thus offers the clearest and cleanest water. About two hours by boat from Jakarta, the two islands that made up the Pantara Island Resort offers numerous water sports activities such as diving, snorkeling, swimming, jet ski, glass-bottom boat, and banana boat. The resort also offers two restaurants (coffee shop and Japanese), a discotheque, a movie screening room, and convention facilities.

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    Look at Jakarta from above

    by kokoryko Written Apr 7, 2009

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    Jakarta is a real megalopolis and spending hours in the traffic jams gives and idea of the size of this city with the tentacular avenues; from he top of the Monas tower you can have another view at this city; in whatever direction you look, the city extends to the horizon. To the south (first picture), it looks like if the towers and skyscrapers try to reach the heavy clouds. You can look in every direction from the terrace at the top of the Monas tower, and wide angle photographs with tags and explanations help to identify the buildings you see from far above. Looking North (picture 2), you see the Istiqlal Mosque, the biggest of south East Asia, to the East (picture 3), at the fringes of the park, you see Gambir train station, and to the west (picture 4) you see a spectacular skyscrapers forest.
    The weather was not the best when I visited there, but it was a good opportunity to observe an approaching thunderstorm (picture 5).
    Park open 8 am- 6 pm.
    Monument open Tuesday-Sunday, 9 am-3pm

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    Museum Joang'45

    by mkurniawan Updated May 16, 2004

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    The museum exhibiting historical objects related to the republic's struggle for independence. Photographs and pictures document the nationalistic movement between 1945 and 1950. On the backyard Plaza there are garage of the official cars of the first Indonesian president and vice-president.

    Open Tuesday - Sunday 09.00 - 15.00
    Monday and Holiday closed

    Adults IDR 2,000 include museum guide brochure

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    Kota Intan Bridge

    by black_mimi99 Written Oct 1, 2006

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    It built in 1628. Located near Jl. Kalibesar Barat in West Jakarta, the bridge has connected Pinangsia and Roa Malaka subdistricts since it was erected more than 300 years ago.
    In the 1600s, the bridge was nestled amid English and Dutch building complexes. In fact, the bridge then connected the fortresses of the two countries -- English on the west side and Dutch on the east. Similar bridges are built over canals in Amsterdam.

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    Exploring Taman Anggrek Mall

    by eduardoz Written Apr 11, 2007

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    This is one of the biggest in South East Asia, a vibrant and alluring paradise brimming with endless shopping, dining, recreational and entertainment opportunities, located in west Jakarta closed to well-known Tomang intersection.

    If you step in from the main lobby, a unique big revolving door is wating for you as the main entrance which directly guides you to the large atrium. In second, you will find a beautiful waterfall infront of you.

    There are more than 400 tenants and no less than 2 department stores: Galeria Matahari and Metro. Some pretty affordable shops but still good quality, obviously the choice is good and often bewildering. The upper floors are occupied by entertainment and food spots, including Olympic size ice skating rink, Cineplex Anggrek XXI, timezone, and Dapur Anggrek food court with various vendors.

    Easy to get lost here if you come for the first time to this mall with eight towers condominium above and, that's why, there are 17 spots of electronic-Directory kiosk showing map of places and shop with a handy buttons around the mall as a customer's guidance.

    The mall is well managed and makes good use of space in the basement with regular family-oriented and promotional events. Very popular with Chinese youngsters and also excellent for families with an active kids club. Blue Bird Taxi lines also ready to serve your trip out from the mall, if you don't come with your own vehicle.

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    Surabay Flea Market

    by black_mimi99 Written Oct 1, 2006

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    Stalls offer a wide range of goods, some of them antiquities, including ornate lamps, porcelain, brassware, handicrafts. Bargaining is necessary, including the skill to distinguish authenticity from imitations.

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    Before entering Bahari museum, look around

    by kokoryko Written Apr 8, 2009

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    I was the only one visitor in the museum. . . . and I enjoyed! Museum Bahari, museum of the sea is not a museum like we are used to visit generally; here you begin outside, with the watchtower over the harbour (first picture) and from there have a look at the harbour (picture 2) behind the fish market hall, the old Dutch buildings of the VOC Galangan (picture 3), now a restaurant, watch the kids playing in the tower vicinity picture 4, look at a few cannons at the feet of the tower (picture 5), and only then, you will enter the main part of the museum, after having walked in the streets of Pasar Ikan, following the guide, Ibu Herdanti, to the old VOC building group.

    Open Tuesday-Sunday 09.00 - 15.00 WIB (WIB means Waktu Indonesia Barat, West Indonesia time): 9 am-3 pm
    Closed Mondays and public holidays.
    entrance : Rp. 2.000

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    The Bahari museum building deserves a close look

    by kokoryko Written Apr 8, 2009

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    In the tower are few pictures of maritime life of the past, and if there were not the views over the area, it is not worth to risk to break a leg on the steep stairs getting you up the tower. . . On the main picture you see the main building of the museum, on the left, and before reaching it, look at the canalized Ciliwung River through the windows, and also at the roof made with very light wooden plates (picture 2).
    It is now time to reach the main building, and if the building is obvious, the entrance is a bit hidden behind the cars and trucks, between the two cannons (picture 3).
    The Museum Bahari is a maritime museum, but of prime interest is the building: this old warehouse has wonderfully been preserved or has very well been restored, and the warehouse architecture is still there in a sort of a splendour (picture 4); splendour, a bit exaggeration, but all the beams, ceilings the wide spaces, the windows. . . . it is very impressive. Here, on picture 5 is a model, but we will see real boats in the warehouses, and lots more.
    Open Tuesday-Sunday 09.00 - 15.00 WIB (WIB means Waktu Indonesia Barat, West Indonesia time): 9 am-3 pm
    Closed Mondays and public holidays.
    entrance : Rp. 2.000

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    Bahari Museum is really worth a long stay!

    by kokoryko Written Apr 8, 2009

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    On the ground level one of the biggest boats on display is this Asmat outrigger canoe (first picture), rather difficult to photograph in the museum rooms, and to have a better view on boats, it is better to look at models (picture 2), which are very nice and well done, with some explanations; many models are on display in the museum rooms, they look very tiny in the big hall of the warehouse (picture 3), but is it not nice to have that much space for the displays? And I was interested by displays on construction techniques, with big posters, but unfortunately most explanations are in Indonesian (picture 4); coming back near the entrance, I noticed not only that the warehouse was well preserved but the museum is artistically laid out, with nice colours matching with the décor (picture 5).
    Well, the Museum Bahari is certainly not a world top maritime museum, but it has a real personality, is located in a very interesting district of Jakarta, in a beautiful group of old buildings, and it is very enjoyable to spend two hours here and learn about this country made of thousands of islands.
    Open Tuesday-Sunday 09.00 - 15.00 WIB (WIB means Waktu Indonesia Barat, West Indonesia time): 9 am-3 pm
    Closed Mondays and public holidays.
    entrance : Rp. 2.000

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    The backyard of the History Museum

    by kokoryko Written Apr 8, 2009

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    There is a backyard in the museum, and, coming out from the building you “meet” this Hermes (first picture), a strange statue here! You can visit prison cells under the building (picture 2) which were still used by the Japanese when they occupied Batavia, and where now cannon balls are stored. In the garden, you will find some rusted boat anchors, a few cannons, can have a look at Hermes from another perspective, and admire the vegetation and the epiphytes on the trees. Very few foreign tourists visit this museum and in the garden it is very fun to watch the local tourists and have a chat with some of them, always curious and very kind.
    Open Tuesday Sunday, 9 am, 3 pm
    Closed Mondays and public holidays
    Entrance 2000 rp

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