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Don’t Miss Visiting these 5 Memorable Historical Places in Jakarta

by Ivonne Puspakencana
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Jakarta, as the capital city of Indonesia, has lots of interesting and outstanding tourist attractions. The tourist attractions range from the natural ones to the historical ones. Indonesia is rich in cultures and has a very memorable history.

That’s why there are some places that are designed as tourist attractions so that the tourists or visitors can learn Indonesian history. Get to know these cultural attractions in Jakarta for a meaningful holiday too!

Jakarta also has lots of interesting historical places tourists can visit. They can enjoy the stories of Indonesian struggle in getting the independence and many more.

If you love visiting historical places, then take note on these 5 memorable historical places in Jakarta you should visit.

  • Indonesia Miniature Park (Taman Mini Indonesia Indah)
indonesia miniature park (TMII)
Rumah Gadang, the traditional house of West Sumatera in TMII

This is a miniature park which beautifully shows the rich cultural heritage across Indonesia. There are six areas in this park, which represent the six main islands of Indonesia. They are Java, Sumatera, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Maluku and Papua.

This is a miniature park which beautifully shows the rich cultural heritage across Indonesia. There are six areas in this park, which represent the six main islands of Indonesia. They are Java, Sumatera, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Maluku and Papua.

While visiting this miniature park, don’t forget to visit the traditional houses from various provinces, such as Rumah Gadang of West Sumatera, Toraja Tongkonan of South Sulawesi and Balinese house.

Don’t hesitate to enter the traditional houses too, as you will find some traditional furniture, handicrafts, and traditional clothes inside the house. If you wish to have fun, you can also take a ride on a cable car and enjoy the aeral view of TMII from above.

  • Fatahillah Museum
Fatahillah Museum
Fatahillah Museum which used to be the Batavia City Hall

Visiting historical places is not complete without visiting museum. One of the most famous museums in Jakarta is Fatahillah Museum, or is usually called as Jakarta History Museum.

This museum is located in the Old Town. It was built in 1710. This museum will serve the visitors some interesting stories they can learn. For your information, Fatahillah Museum was used as the Batavia City Hall during the long Dutch colonization.

Inside the museum, you will find a variety of historical objects starting from the prehistoric period of the city region, the Dutch colonization period until Indonesia’s Independence in 1945.

There’s also an underground prison that was once used to imprison Pangeran Diponegoro, the Javanese freedom fighter.

  • Monas (The National Monument Statue)
Monas
Monas, the icon of Jakarta city

The National Monument Statue or what people usually call as Monas is a monument that was built to commemorate the struggle of Indonesian heroes who fought the colonial domination. This monument is 132 meter tall and is chosen as Jakarta icon that symbolizes the fight for Indonesia.

Monas was built based on the idea of Ir. Soekarno, the first president of Indonesia. He was helped by Sudarsono and F. Silaban as the architect and Ir. Rooseno as the consultant. It was then officially opened on 17th August 1961 by President Soekarno.

The top of the monument shaped like a flame, which symbolizes the spirit of Indonesian people which never be extinguished. It was made of a bronze medal which was 14.5 ton and was plated with 35 kg gold.

The standing pilar of the monument is 137 meter and it symbolizes a rice pestle while the cup representing a rice barn. Rice pestle and barn are traditional tools used to pound rice, which symbolizes Indonesia as an agricultural country.

There are some places you can visit in Monas, such as the national museum, independence room and the fountain attraction. You can also get inspired about what to do here by reading 14 Top Things to Do Near Monas (National Monument of Indonesia).

  • Museum Nasional Indonesia (The National Museum of Indonesia)
National Museum of Indonesia with its thousands statues

This museum is also popular as the Museum Gajah (the Elephant Building). This museum is located in Jalan Merdeka Barat, Central Jakarta. This museum has thousands of statues and historical heritage.

This museum is called as the Elephant Building because of its icon, which is an elephant statue. If you wish to explore all the statues from prehistoric times, then you should visit this museum. You can also take some pictures here as there are a lot of interesting spots.

Get all this information about this place by reading All You Need to Know about National Museum of Indonesia.

  • Istiqlal Mosque
istiqlal mosque
Praying together in Idul Fitri in Istiqlal Mosque

Istiqlal Mosque is the largest mosque in Southeast Asia and the sixth largest mosque in the world. Located at Jalan Taman Wijaya Kusuma in Central Jakarta, this mosque stands out with its 45 diameter dome and tall minarets.

This mosque is also located across the Jakarta Cathedral, the most famous Catholic Church in Jakarta. Istiqlal Mosque is also listed as one of the iconic landmarks of Jakarta. Read more about it in Let’s Take a Picture with these 5 Iconic Landmarks of Jakarta.

While visiting Indonesia on 9th and 10th November 2010, US President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama made a special visit to this mosque.

He praised the Istiqlal Mosque as a symbol of religious tolerance. This religious tolerance is one of the characters Indonesian people have and it inspires the world.

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