The main prayer room of Masjid Istiqlal (Photo: – Jakarta as the capital of the Republic of Indonesia is also a business center and cultural center. Although it is still struggling to overcome various problems, especially traffic jams and floods, Jakarta is the most developed city in Indonesia and has a modern infrastructure.

With all its advantages and disadvantages, Jakarta has always been a magnet for many people to visit.

There are many tourist attractions in Jakarta that are interesting to explore, such as Ancol, Taman Mini, Ragunan, Kota Tua, Mangrove Forest, and others. Let’s discuss them one by one.

8. Setu Babakan
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In addition to Ragunan Zoo, another tourist area that you can visit in South Jakarta is Setu Babakan. Setu or Situ means a small lake.

This small lake is located in Srengseng Sawah, Jagakarsa Subdistrict, about 5 kilometers southeast of Ragunan Zoo. Setu Babakan is located in the center of Betawi Cultural Village, an area devoted to the preservation of Jakarta’s original cultural heritage.

Tourists use dragon boats down the Setu Babakan, Srengseng Sawah, Jagakarsa, South Jakarta (Photo: KOMPAS/WAWAN H PRABOWO)

Setu Babakan Lake has an area of 32 hectares with a depth of 1-5 meters, the water comes from the Ciliwung River. There are parks surrounding this lake planted with fruit trees, such as bananas, coconuts, and cashews.

In the lake there are more than 100 floating net cages that are used to breed various types of fish, including goldfish, indigo, and some types of ornamental fish.

Many Betawi culinary are found here, among others are Kerak Telor (rice crust with egg), Toge Goreng (rice cake with bean sprouts), Arum Manis (cotton candy), Rujak Bebek (various pounded fruits), Soto Betawi (Betawi soup), Bir Pletok (non alcoholic beer made from herbs and spices), Nasi Uduk (some kind of Lemak rice), Lontong Sayur (rice cake with vegetable coconut milk), etc.

Here you can also see typical houses of Betawi.

9. Istiqlal Mosque
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If you are a Muslim, after traveling around Jakarta, you may stop by to worship while resting for a while at the Istiqlal Mosque. This is the largest mosque in Indonesia and Southeast Asia that has a modern architectural style with marble walls and floors, decorated with geometric ornaments of stainless steel.

Literally, Istiqlal means ‘Independence’, because this mosque is built as an expression and a form of gratitude for the Indonesian nation, which for the blessings and graces of The One Almighty God has been freed from the hands of the invaders.

The main prayer room of Masjid Istiqlal (Photo:

The Istiqlal Mosque has a large main dome composed of a stainless steel frame. The dome’s diameter span is 45 meters and is supported by 12 large pillars arranged in a circle.

The Istiqlal Mosque has seven entrances named after Asma al Husna: Al-Fattah, As-Salam, Ar-Razzaq, Al-Quddus, Al-Malik, Al-Ghaffar, and Ar-Rahman. The mosque is able to accommodate more than 200,000 worshipers.

This mosque became one of the famous tourist attraction in Jakarta. Tourists who visit generally are domestic tourists and also some Moslem foreign tourists. Non-Muslims can also visit this mosque, although the area to visit is limited and should be accompanied by a guide to provide information about the Istiqlal Mosque and Islam.

Across the East of this mosque stands Jakarta Cathedral Church. This symbolizes the harmony and tolerance of religious communities in Indonesia where two religious houses of worship can stand close to each other.

10. Jakarta Cathedral Church
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This is the oldest Catholic church in Jakarta built in 1901 with the neo-Gothic architectural style built in Europe at that time. In this church, you may visit the museum which has about 400 collections of goods.

Some of the cathedral’s museum collections are Pope Paul VI’s wand and Pope John Paul II’s trophy, as a memento when visiting Indonesia. There are also postage stamps, and a replica of the boat of Pastor P. Bonnike, SJ.

The Jakarta Cathedral Church has 3 towers: Tower of Fortress Daud, Ivory Tower and Angelus Dei Tower. The towers were made of iron. The lower part was imported from the Netherlands and the top was made at Willhelmina’s workshop, Batavia.

11. Sabang Street
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One of the street culinary centers in Jakarta is Jalan Sabang. There are many delicious dishes available here. From traditional Indonesian dishes to international cuisine, from street vendors to air-conditioned restaurants, from relatively cheap to expensive ones. Complete!

Goat Satay (illustration)

In this busy street you will find a variety of culinary and food that comes from various places throughout Indonesia, such as Betawi, Javanese, and even Aceh, as well as food from Madura, Palembang and Minang.

This is definitely something you do not want to miss, is it?

12. KidZania Jakarta
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For those of you who have small children, may be interested to visit this place. KidZania Jakarta is the first South East Asia theme park or a ‘city’ for children which mix the elements of education and entertainment for children ages 2-16 years old.

Kidzania Jakarta

In this city, children can play a role or adult professions, such as being a doctor, pilot, police, cooks, more than 100 scientists and other professions. KidZania especially designed and built to resemble a replica of a real city, but with the scale of the children, complete with highways, urban facilities such as hospitals, supermarkets, salons, theater, factories and much more.

KidZania Jakarta is located on the 6th floor of Pacific Place Mall, Sudirman Central Business District, Jakarta, with maximum visitor capacity of 1,800 people in one shift.

13. Kota Tua (Jakarta Old Town)
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Jakarta Old Town is a historical tourist attraction in Jakarta that will give a lot of knowledge, especially if you visit historic buildings and other interesting spots there.

Jakarta Old Town or Oud Batavia (Dutch for Old Batavia), is an area of 1.3 square kilometers across North Jakarta and West Jakarta (Pinangsia, Taman Sari, and Roa Malaka).

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Jakarta History Museum

Dubbed the “Asian Gem” and “Queen of the East” in the 16th century by European voyagers, Oud Batavia is home to several historic sites and buildings in Jakarta, such as Fatahillah Museum, National Archives Building, Museum of Fine Arts and Ceramics (formerly Batavia Court), and Kota Intan Drawbridge which is the only surviving Dutch drawbridge in Indonesia.

In addition, there are also old buildings that were revitalized in the year of 2000s, such as Bank Indonesia Museum and Bank Mandiri Museum.

14. Angke Kapuk Nature Tourism Park
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Angke Kapuk Nature Tourism Park is one of the natural tourist sites in North Jakarta, near Waterbom Jakarta. This natural park is managed by the Provincial Government of DKI Jakarta.

The park has a land area of about 100 hectares. Here you can take a walk around the mangrove forest through a wooden walkway. You should come in the morning or late afternoon because the air is more comfortable.

Angke Kapuk Nature Tourism Park (Photo:

For recreational facilities, you can rent a rowing boat to enjoy the coast of this mangrove forest.

There are some things you should consider when visiting this mangrove forest area. You can not carry any food from outside the forest area. Then the use of DSLR cameras is also not allowed, except by paying a certain amount previously. But you are still allowed to use the camera phone.

If you want to feel the sensation of staying in the mangrove forest, there are villas or wooden houses that can be booked, and also some tents at the camp.

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