The Indonesian capital Jakarta develops rapidly becoming the largest metropolitan area in Indonesia and also the 6th largest metropolitan area in the world. Jakarta is densely populated though still with friendly residents who most of them migrated from various cities around the country contributing to the cultural diversity of Jakarta.
The Special Capital Region of Jakarta (Daerah Khusus Ibu Kota Jakarta) has a long history. The name "œJakarta" was started to be used in 1942 during Japanese occupation time. It was the abbreviation of Jayakarta. "œJayakarta" was used in 1527-1619. It was given by Demak and Cirebon people under Fatahillah on June 22nd, 1527. Up until now, June 22nd is celebrated as Jakarta's anniversary. "œJayakarta" itself means city of victorious. But the actual meaning is "œvictory achieved by deed". Read more Jakarta History
Things to see
Jakarta is a historical city with various cultures. Many historical places can be visited by tourists here. You can start by visit Monumen Nasional(Monas) or National Monument. This historical monument is an icon of Jakarta. Don't ever to claim visited Jakarta if you didn't visit Monas. You can find much things related to Indonesia's national history in here. If you want to know Indonesia closely in short time, go to Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII). Here you can find a lot of miniatures from all of cities and ethnics in Indonesia. TMII is a mini replica of Indonesia. You can also enjoy the past atmosphere here in Jakarta by visiting the Jakarta Old Town or Sunda Kelapa. You can capture its past beautiful scenery inside your camera.
Things to do
As a metropolitan city, you can do many things here such as enjoying the adrenaline's rides in Ancol Jakarta Bay City or you can just refreshing your mind to do sport in Jakarta's biggest stadium, Gelora Bung Karno Stadium. For shoppaholic, Tanah Abang is a must-visited. Tanah Abang is a fashion center with wholesale prices. You can also going around enjoying the city by Trans Jakarta, a typical public transportation which also called as busway.
Things to eat
The most must-eat food in Jakarta is kerak telor. It's tasteful which made by fried chicken's or duck's egg with some ingredients. You can also eat this kerak telor with delicious srundeng and ketan. Srundeng is made from dry-fried grated coconut and ketan is sticky rice. Here in Jakarta you can find roti buaya (crocodille bread). This bread is unique because shaped as crocodille and always available on Betawi's traditional wedding ceremony. For Betawi people, roti buaya is a loyalty symbol for his/her mate. For another healthy food, you can try gado-gado. It's a famous food from Jakarta and you can find it in almost all over cities in Indonesia although it is a typical food of Jakarta. Mixed of various vegetables, egg, potatoes and krupuk (crackers) with soft peanut sauce make this food so tasty.
Getting to Jakarta
Flying to Jakarta: Jakarta is served by Soekarno–Hatta International Airport and Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport. Soekarno–Hatta International Airport is located about 20 km west from Jakarta. A taxi into the city from Soekarno–Hatta International Airport would cost 150.000. Read more about Soekarno–Hatta International Airport or look for Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport is located about 13 km southeast from Jakarta. A taxi into the city from Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport would cost 100.000. Read more about Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport.
A train to Jakarta: Jakarta is also reachable by train. The city has several train stations where long-distance trains stop: station Gambir, station Jakarta Kota, station Jatinegara, station Manggarai, station Pasar Senen, station Tanah Abang, station Tanjung Priuk.
Look for trains to Jakarta.