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16 Beautiful Things to Do in Menteng Jakarta

by Hindarko Luh Setyawanto

Menteng is an elite area located in Central Jakarta. Although it seems intimidating, actually there are many interesting places that can be visited in Menteng without having to make you bankrupt. After all, fun does not always cost a lot of money. Let’s find out the easy things to do in Menteng Jakarta ..!

1. Visiting Menteng Park

Menteng Park is a green space that becomes an oasis in the middle of the hustle and bustle of life in Jakarta. The park is a blessing for Jakartans to take refuge from Jakarta’s polluted air.

In addition to its entertaining beauty, Menteng Park is also a favorite place to exercise. There are futsal courts, basketball court, jogging tracks, children’s playing ground and greenhouses used for exhibitions.

How to Get There
Menteng Park is located at HOS. Cokroaminoto Street, Menteng, Central Jakarta. It’s free entry. You only need to pay parking fee. Visiting Menteng Park is certainly one of cheap and fun things to do in Jakarta.

2. Visiting Situ Lembang Park

Although not so popular, Situ Lembang Park is a beautiful park that must be visited. The charm of this park lies on its artificial lakes, lotus flowers, fountains and shady trees.

In addition, Situ Lembang Park also has children’s playing ground, jogging track and free wifi. Afternoon and evening are times when the park is visited by people who exercise or just hang out.

How to Get There
Situ Lembang Park is located at Lembang Terusan Street, Menteng, Central Jakarta. It’s free entry.

3. Visiting Kodok Park

Kodok Park is famous for its cute frog sculptures and dancing fountain attraction. Kodok Park is located adjacent to Menteng Park, about five meters away.

Kodok Park is only for hanging out and relaxing. The park is relatively small and has no sports facilities. Nevertheless, Kodok Park is definitely an instagramable spot.

How to Get There
Kodok Park is located at Sidoarjo Street, Menteng, Central Jakarta. It’s free entry. If you wonder, there are lots of things to do in Jakarta Central Park.

4. Visiting Sunda Kelapa Mosque

The uniqueness of the Sunda Kelapa Mosque is the absence of a dome, which is an unusual thing for Indonesian mosque. The mosque, which was inaugurated in 1971, is located directly opposite Paul’s Church.

Sunda Kelapa Mosque became the center of religious activity for Menteng Muslims. The mosque is equipped with modern facilities such as air conditioner, sound system, library and multipurpose hall.

How to Get There
Sunda Kelapa Mosque is located at Taman Sunda Kelapa Street, Menteng, Central Jakarta.

5. Visiting Formulation of Proclamation Text Museum

The Formulation of Proclamation Text Museum was once the house where the founders of the nation formulate the proclamation text. At that time, the house was the residence of Rear Admiral Tadashi Maeda, a Japanese military officer who had sympathy for Indonesian people.

The museum was inaugurated in 1984. Inside the museum there is a replica of objects and historic events that changed the way of life of Indonesian people.

How to Get There
The Formulation of Proclamation Text Museum is located at Imam Bonjol Street, Menteng, Central Jakarta. The admission is Rp 2,000. Opening hours is 8 am – 4 pm. The museum is closed every Monday.

6. Visiting Sasmita Loka Ahmad Yani Museum

The Sasmita Loka Ahmad Yani Museum captures the abduction of General Ahmad Yani during the Communist Party’s rebellion against the Indonesian government. The museum was inaugurated in 1966 by General Soeharto who later became president.

The museum was once the residence of General Ahmad Yani. Inside the museum there are objects of the deceased, photographs of the deceased, paintings depicting the abduction and dioramas of the abduction.

How to Get There
The Sasmita Loka Ahmad Yani Museum is located at Lembang Street, Menteng, Central Jakarta. It’s free entry. Opening hours is 8 am – 4 pm. The museum is closed every Monday. There are indeed many museums in Central Jakarta. You can also do museum hopping as one of things to do in Gambir Jakarta.

7. Visiting Bartele Gallery

Bartele Gallery has thousands of collections of goods from the era of the Dutch East Indies. Here you can find ancient maps, paintings, photographs, home decorations to books.

The gallery was founded in 2009 by Bartele Santema, a foreigner who loves Indonesian culture. You must visit this place to get a glimpse of the face of Indonesia in the past.

How to Get There
Bartele Gallery is located at Jenderal Sudirman Street, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Menteng, Central Jakarta. It’s free entry. Opening hours is 11 am – 8 pm.

8. Visiting Ornamental Fish Promotion Center

If you are bored with the views of the storied buildings and road congestion, stop by the Ornamental Fish Promotion Center. Here you will get a peaceful atmosphere and a soothing view of the eye.

You can find a variety of beautiful and colorful ornamental fish for fresh water or sea water. There are also sea stars, sea horses, aquatic plants, coral reefs, turtles, and piranha fish.

How to Get There
Ornamental Fish Promotion Center is located at Sumenep Street, Menteng, Central Jakarta. Opening hours is 8 am – 8 pm.

9. Visiting Antique Market

Time seemed to stop spinning in the Antique Market. Here you can find thousands of antiques, ranging from ceramics, lights, radio, television, iron, telephone, to gramophone.

There is no fixed price in Antique Market. Therefore if you intend to buy something, you must be smart in haggle. You will also meet buyers who come from various regions in Indonesia, even from abroad.

How to Get There
The Antique Market is located at Surabaya Street, Menteng, Central Jakarta. Opening hours is 8 am – 5 pm. The market is closed every Sunday. 

10. Visiting Planetarium

Planetarium is a great place to have fun while expanding your knowledge. This is a place for all ages and all social strata.

Here you can see the beauty of the stars and other celestial objects. The Planetarium has sophisticated multimedia technology that will make you enjoy their show.

How to Get There
Planetarium is located in Cikini Raya Street, Menteng, Central Jakarta. The admission is Rp 12,000. Show hours for Tuesday – Friday is 4:30 pm, for Saturday – Sunday are 10:00 am, 11:30 am, 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm. Visiting Planetarium could be one of things to do in Jakarta on the weekend.

More easy things to do in Menteng Jakarta

11. Window shopping at Grand Indonesia Mall at M.H. Thamrin Street
12. Hanging out at Plaza Indonesia at M.H. Thamrin Street
13. Strolling at Sarinah Thamrin Plaza at M.H. Thamrin Street
14. Visiting Joang ‘45 Museum at Menteng Raya Street
15. Visiting Miniapolis Playing Ground at M.H. Thamrin Street
16. Visiting Surapati Park at Taman Suropati Street

That’s all guys. Now you know that having fun in Menteng does not always make you dig deep into your pockets. You have to try those easy things to do in Menteng Jakarta. You won’t regret it.

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