Having recently been to Indonesia to take a diving course, I like most, flew into the capital city of Jakarta and headed straight out to the crystal clear waters of Bali. After a brilliant week exploring the underwater life in the tropical paradise, I was set to fly out once again from the Capital. Hearing some very mixed reviews on Indo’s busiest city, I choose to head back a day early to discover what all the hype was about and decide for myself on the overall vibe of the bustling metropolis.
I had taken the train and ferry to get to Bali when I arrived, I opted to skip this on the way back to save time and booked a short flight through Traveloka to get back to Jakarta. Booking a taxi through the airport taxi stand I made my way into the city, arriving just after noon, it was hot and the city was noisy. Exactly what I was expecting. I was staying the Pullman Hotel Jakarta located in the Menteng area of central Jakarta so after dropping my bags down I was set to explore the nearby attractions.
I started with a visit to the national museum. Filled with history of the Indonesian people and collections of precious nation art and items. The museum was well worth a look. Directly outside of the National Museum is the National Monument of Indonesia. The 130+ meter tower stands in a large square, symbolizing the struggle the country went through for their independence.
Walking a few blocks east I came upon the Jakarta Cathedral. A neo-gothic catholic church that sits across from the Istiqlal Mosque. The proximity of the two buildings is a nice homage to the peace between the acceptance between the two religions. Entrance into both buildings was free of charge.
While in the Lapangan Banteng area I stopped to get some street food and enjoying the surrounding architecture and stumbled on Pasar Baru market. These covered markets were filled with clothes, produce, and souvenirs. After lunch, I took the metro out to old Kota to see the cities port and wander the old streets.
A short walk from my hotel, Kebon Sirih offered some of the best in local street eats. Plates of rice and curry were cheap and delicious. After
A short walk from my hotel, Kebon Sirih offered some of the best in local street eats. Plates of rice and curry were cheap and delicious. After dinner, I wanted to get a good view of the skyline at night. No view of the city lights is complete without a drink in hand. The open air view was Cloud lounge did not disappoint.
The following morning I flew out of the city mid-morning. Even with its chaos and constant haze, the city offered a lot for someone that was looking to spend a short time in. I’m glad I spent an extra day exploring the city and will certainly be back.