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Places to Visit in Central Jakarta : Educational and Entertaining Locations

by Yoga Adi

Previously, we gave you the information about the best ecotourism experiences and destinations near Jakarta Indonesia, places that were never seen before but still look wonderful anyway all this time. The list is the prove that Jakarta city actually has the potential to be a tourism city, aside from the center for business and government institutions.

Even though the cost living in Jakarta compared to India explains that living in Jakarta is not that cheap, but you can actually have a decent life there. Of course, after the stressing work, you can always enjoy some things to release your burden, like in these places to visit in Central Jakarta, which can greatly help you to increase your mood.

1 – National Museum

The first one in these places to visit in Central Jakarta is the National Museum. The museum is mostly known for its iconic elephant at the entrance gate. The location of this museum is in the street of Medan Merdeka Barat, Central Jakarta. Here you can see about some educational and informational stuff like the historical heritages in the forms of ceramics, statues, and the traditional musical instruments.

Location: Medan Merdeka Barat street

Opening Hours: Everyday except Monday from 8 am to 4pm

Average Cost: Rp5.000,-

Activities to Do: Learning about anything related to Indonesia

Best time to Visit: Morning and Day

2 – National Monument (Monas)

Aside from the beautiful refreshing natural waterfalls near Jakarta, the location that everyone should visit if they visit Jakarta is the National Monument or Monas. The tall monument is standing as an icon of the capital city. Monas has a height about 132 meters with the golden fire “burning” on top of it. Usually, people come to Monas for gathering purposes, including the New Year’s Eve.

Location: Tugu Monas street, Gambir

Opening Hours: 7 am to 12 am

Average Cost: Rp15.000,-

Activities to Do: Relaxing, visiting the tower, seeing the view of Jakarta

Best time to Visit: Morning, Day, Evening

3 – Pasar Baru

Another one in the places to visit in Central Jakarta is a location called Pasar Baru. Pasar Baru basically means the New Market. But this market is actually really old. Built during 1820, Pasar Baru was and still is the crowded market that visited by both domestic and foreign tourists. It has a structure which is the combination of European and Chines styles.

Location: Pasar Baru, Central Jakarta

Opening Hours: 10 am to 10 pm

Average Cost: No entrance fee

Activities to Do: Culinary hunting, viewing culture of Chinese and European

Best time to Visit: Morning, Evening

4 – Old Town Jakarta

Other than weekend gateway destinations from Jakarta-you-never-thought-possible, the name of Old Town Jakarta still rings a bell. The area that mostly used by the locals of Jakarta is still popular as gathering places for people of all ages. The adults can enjoy the historical trip by visiting the old buildings that still exist nearby, including the colonials building, while the teenagers can gather around with their group.

Location: Pinangsia, Tamansari

Opening Hours: Opens 24 hours

Average Cost: No entrance fee

Activities to Do: Seeing the events, seeing the historical building, riding the antique bike

Best time to Visit: Day, Evening

5 – Ismail Marzuki Park

Visiting park is not only useful for refreshing. We can also get some more things from it, like this park called Ismail Marzuki Park for example. The park is said to be the medium of art and culture. Ismail Marzuki park has about six different galleries plus the additional Planetarium for space viewing.

Location: Cikini, Menteng

Opening Hours: 7.30 am to 4 pm

Average Cost: Rp15.000,-

Activities to Do: Visiting the galleries and Planetarium

Best time to Visit: Morning, Day

6 – Taman Prasasti Museum

If the park above that included on the list of places to visit in Central Jakarta is cool enough for you, wait till you visit the other called Taman Prasasti Museum. Just like its name, in this park, you can find different kinds of statue from the colonial era. They used them for cemetery accessories once, and somehow they look very scary during the night.

Location: South Petojo, Gambir

Opening Hours: 9 am to 3 pm

Average Cost: Rp5.000,-

Activities to Do: Seeing the history and art via the statues

Best time to Visit: Morning until Afternoon

7 – Pecenongan

The next place on the list is Pecenongan. Almost the same as Pasar Baru, Pecenongan is also considered to be a very crowded place. The people of Jakarta usually refer to this location for hunting culinary during the night. You can almost have everything in here, especially the Indonesian meals like Tempe penyet or Lalapan Lele.

Location: Pecenongan, Gambir

Opening Hours: Opens 24 hours

Average Cost: Depens on the food price

Activities to Do: Culinary hunting

Best time to Visit: Night

8 – Fatahillah Museum

Location precisely on the location of Old Town Jakarta, the Fatahillah Museum still exists to bring the history of colonials in Jakarta in the old days for everyone who’s interested. You can see all the interesting things about Batavia, including the paintings, manuscripts, and even the puppets of important people during that time.

Location: Pinangsia, Tamansari

Opening Hours: 8 am to 5 pm (Monday closed)

Average Cost: Rp5.000,-

Activities to Do: Seeing the history of Batavia (Old Jakarta)

Best time to Visit: Morning til Afternoon

9 – Taman Mini Indonesia Indah

As one of the best places to visit in Central Jakarta, Taman Mini Indonesia Indah is the one you should visit. Even it has “Mini” in it, but it doesn’t look mini at all. In fact, the area is wide enough to fill with interesting stuff, including the miniature of islands in Indonesia. Entertaining yet very educational.

Location: Ceger, Cipayung

Opening Hours: 8.30 am to 6 pm

Average Cost: Rp35.000,-

Activities to Do: Enjoying the rides, learning about Indonesia

Best time to Visit: Morning, Day, Evening

10 – Istiqlal Mosque

Besides the aesthetic places in Jakarta for photo hunting that really look interesting, you can also visit the one iconic mosque of Jakarta called Istiqlal Mosque. The mosque is so wonderful for the religious journey for any Muslim out there. It’s also the biggest mosque in South East Asia region that can hold up to two hundred thousand people.

Location: Pasar Baru, Sawah Besar

Opening Hours: Opens always

Average Cost: No entrance fee

Activities to Do: Praying, seeing the architecture

Best time to Visit: Everytime

11 – Cathedral Church

For the other religion, there’s also a unique Cathedral Church. The church is really famous for its interesting European design from the old time. The church opens for everyone. Sometimes, there is tourists and children group who come there in order to see the beautiful architecture of Cathedral Church.

Location: Pasar Baru, Sawah Besar

Opening Hours: Opens 24 hours

Average Cost: No entrance fee

Activities to Do: Witnessing the art and history, praying, religious trip

Best time to Visit: Everytime

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