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Indonesia

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Jakarta

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About

The canvas of cultures, faces and colours that is Jakarta has been in existence since the 12th century, It received its original name—Jayakarta, or ‘victorious city’—from Prince Fatahillah in the 1500s, and has lived up to this title ever since with its rapid development and integral role as Indonesia’s capital. It is by no means an unexciting place, though, as the city is especially reputed for its vibrant nightlife and vast variety of shopping destinations. Throw in some delectable dishes and impressive landmarks, and you have a city that promises an enjoyable time for all.

Things to do in Jakarta

Sate Khas Senayan (Indonesian Sate)

Sate Khas Senayan (Indonesian Sate)
Sate Khas Senayan (Indonesian Sate)

Sate Khas Senayan (Indonesian Sate)

To Eat

Indonesia’s take on sate does not stray much from its cousins in Malaysia and Singapore, although its variety is certainly more colourful. Its more famous variants include sate babi (pork sate) and sate Madura, which is a form of sate that is served with a unique sauce that is made of peanut paste, petis (shrimp paste), fried shallots, garlic and other local ingredients.

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Royale Jakarta Golf Club

Royale Jakarta Golf Club
Royale Jakarta Golf Club

Royale Jakarta Golf Club

To Do

The Royale Jakarta Golf Club invites all to enjoy a few rounds of the sport on its golf course with 27 holes. It is celebrated for its well-maintained grounds, as well as for its friendly and hospitable staff. You can also head over to the club’s Royal Palace restaurant for a satisfying meal amidst an environment that is relaxing and calming.

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Surabaya Street

Surabaya Street
Surabaya Street

Surabaya Street

To Shop

Surabaya Street—or as locals refer to it, Jalan Surabaya—is Jakarta’s go-to shopping destination for antiques. Be warned when shopping here, though: some shops on the street are known to sell counterfeit antiques, so keep an eye out for these. You may also wish to put your bargaining prowess to the test here.

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National Monument (Monas)

National Monument (Monas)
National Monument (Monas)

National Monument (Monas)

To See

Indonesia’s National Monument—or Monas—stands in Jakarta as a reminder of the value of freedom and independence. Its construction began in 1961 under the administration of President Soekarno, but it was only completed in 1975, during the time of President Suharto. Its grounds are occupied by a number of notable structures, including the National History Museum which tells of Indonesia’s struggle for independence through a series of detailed dioramas.

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Kerak Telor

Kerak Telor
Kerak Telor

Kerak Telor

To Eat

Kerak telor is a culinary creation of the Betawi people that is essentially a unique take on omelets. This traditional Indonesian dish requires eggs to be cooked with glutinous rice, prior to being served with dried shrimp, serundeng (fried shredded coconut) and shallots. It is seasoned quite simply with just salt, pepper and some spices. Most Indonesians consume it as a snack or side dish.

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Kite Museum of Indonesia

Kite Museum of Indonesia
Kite Museum of Indonesia

Kite Museum of Indonesia

To Do

It’s not everyday or everywhere that you find a museum devoted to kites – which is why the Kite Museum of Indonesia is an intriguing place to visit. It was established as a tribute to the fact that kites play an important role in Indonesian traditions, and allows visitors to learn more about these traditions, as well as the types of kites involved. You can also purchase a few kites for yourself here.

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Indonesia Museum

Indonesia Museum
Indonesia Museum

Indonesia Museum

To See

The Indonesia Museum is an establishment that gives visitors the opportunity to acquaint themselves with Indonesia’s arts and cultures. This is done through three floors of exhibits that zoom in on the different ethnic groups that are found in the Indonesian archipelago. The museum’s building is also a sight to behold, with its commanding and intricate Balinese architecture.

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