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16 Things to Do in Thamrin Jakarta (Typical Urban Charms)

by Hindarko Luh Setyawanto

Thamrin is a busy area located in the center of Jakarta. Time seems to tick at full speed here. If by chance you stop at Thamrin, take the time to get out of your dull activities. You will be surprised to know various things to do in Thamrin Jakarta. Let’s see some of them ..!

1. Visiting Thamrin City

Thamrin City is well known as a place to shop for unique and inexpensive items. Therefore Thamrin City is often visited by local and foreign tourists.

Thamrin City sells a variety of items ranging from clothes, souvenirs, antiques, household appliances to delicious foods. Thamrin City is actually a mixed-use complex. In addition to shopping mall, there are apartments and hotel.

How to Get There
Thamrin City is located at KH. Mas Mansyur Street, Central Jakarta. Opening hours is 9 am – 10 pm.

2. Visiting Grand Indonesia Mall

Grand Indonesia Mall is a famous mall for the upper class. You can find all the popular brands here ranging from clothes, shoes, bags, to foods.

Grand Indonesia Mall has an elegant and charming design. So even if you are not shopping, strolling around in the vast Grand Indonesia Mall can also be an entertainment.

How to Get There
Grand Indonesia Mall is located at M.H. Thamrin Street, Central Jakarta. Opening hour is 10 am – 10 pm.

3. Visiting Textile Museum

Textile Museum keeps a collection of fabrics from various regions in Indonesia. It also displays the use of those fabrics in everyday life, such as for carpets, pillowcases and bed sheets.

Textile Museum routinely organizes short courses for visitors who are interested in batik, a traditional method of color dyeing. Visitors only need to pay Rp 40,000 and certainly after completing the course they can take their batik home.

How to Get There
Textile Museum is located at KS. Tubun Street, West Jakarta. Opening hours is 9 am – 3 pm. Every Monday museum is closed.

4. Visiting Bartele Gallery

If you want to catch a glimpse of Indonesia in the past, come to Bartele Gallery. Bartele Gallery has hundreds of maps, photographs, prints and books from the Dutch East Indies.

One of the most eye-catching maps is the Java Sea Chart that has guided Dutch sailors to explore the island of Java. Bartele Gallery also sells antique items that are perfect for gift or souvenir.

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. Bartele Gallery is also one of attractions in Menteng. If you have time, there are other things to do in Menteng Jakarta.

5. Visiting National Gallery of Indonesia

National Gallery of Indonesia is one of the best instagramable spots in Jakarta. Visitors can see Indonesian artwork from time to time, various contemporary artwork and 3D mural.

The building of the National Gallery of Indonesia is also beautiful. It is a Dutch colonial architecture style. The presence of library and canteen makes visitors more comfortable to spend time here.

How to Get There
The National Gallery of Indonesia is located at Medan Merdeka Timur Street, Central Jakarta. It’s free entry. Opening hour is 10 am –8 pm. The National Gallery of Indonesia is also located near Gambir. Take time to stroll around Gambir. There are many things to do in Gambir Jakarta.

6. Visiting Suropati Park

Suropati Park is an oasis in the middle of Jakarta’s traffic jam. The rush of trees provides coolness, freshness and protection from Jakarta’s polluted air.

Suropati Park was built during the Dutch colonial era in 1920. The existence of artistic statues and pigeons that roam freely become an additional attraction of this park.

How to Get There
Suropati Park is located at Taman Suropati Street, Central Jakarta. It’s free entry and open 24 hours.

7. Visiting Situ Lembang Park

The charm of Situ Lembang Park lies on its man-made lake which is festooned with fountain and lotus. In addition to its beautiful scenery, visitors also love to linger here because the trees offer shade from the sun.

The green atmosphere, clean environment and neat arrangement make Situ Lembang Park a favorite hangout. Children, young people and families often visit this park in the afternoon.

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

8. Visiting Monas

Monas, which is the icon of Jakarta, symbolizes the struggle of the Indonesian nation during the war of independence. At the bottom of Monas there is a museum that holds the history of the Indonesian nation from time to time in seizing the freedom from the invaders.

Monas also serves as a public space. Every morning Monas area is used by people to exercise or just walk around enjoying the morning sunshine. At night the luminous Monas becomes the object of photography enthusiasts. Inarguably, visiting Monas is surely one of cheap and fun things to do in Jakarta.

How to Get There
National Monument (Monas) is located in Gambir, Central Jakarta. There is no fee to enter Monas area. But to get into Monas, visitors will be charged. Payment of admission uses e-Money, which is Rp 10,000 for adults and Rp 2,000 for children. To get to the top of Monas visitors will be charged again, which is Rp 5,000 for adults and Rp 2,000 for children. Opening hours for Tuesday – Friday is 8 am – 4 pm and 7 pm – 10 pm; while for Saturday – Sunday is 8 am – 4 pm and 7 pm – 0 am. Please note that every Monday Monas is closed.

9. Hanging Out at Anomali Coffee Menteng

Anomali Coffee is one of Jakarta’s popular hangouts. Its cozy atmosphere and strategic location make people love to linger here.

Anomaly coffee is famous for its fresh brewed domestic coffee. It also has a diverse menu ranging from omelette, salad, sandwich, pasta, fried rice to nachos.

How to Get There
Anomali Coffee Menteng is located at Teuku Cik Ditiro Street, No.52, Central Jakarta. Opening hours is 7 am – 0 am.

10. Hanging Out at Skye

Skye is the best place to see the beauty of Jakarta at night. With the concept of rooftop, visitors can see flickering urban lights accompanied by drinks and light meals.

Skye is also a romantic place for dinner. The menu offered is ranging from rice, noodle, chicken, duck, beef, pork to seafood. Dinner at Skye is definitely one of romantic things to do in Jakarta .

How to Get There
SKYE is located at M. H. Thamrin Street, No. 1, BCA Tower, Floor 56, Central Jakarta. Opening hours is 10 am – 2 am.

More things to do in Thamrin Jakarta

11. Visiting National Library at Medan Merdeka Selatan Street, Central Jakarta
12. Visiting Ismail Marzuki Park at Cikini Raya Street, Central Jakarta
13. Visiting Menteng Park at HOS. Cokroaminoto Street, Menteng, Central Jakarta
14. Visiting National Museum at Medan Merdeka Barat Street, Central Jakarta
15. Visiting Formulation of Proclamation Text Museum at Imam Bonjol Street, Central Jakarta.
16. Visiting Plaza Indonesia Mall at MH. Thamrin Street, Central Jakarta

Jakarta is a metropolitan city that has a million charms. You will never get bored here. There are lots of things to do in Thamrin Jakarta. As long as you want to make time, you can explore it whenever you like.

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