With many of its top attractions located within close proximity to one another, you can experience the best of Jakarta within a 2 or 3 day trip. Here are the 5 sights we recommend including in your itinerary to make the most of your time in Jakarta.
Often known as the “Elephant Building”, the national museum features an extensive collection of over 60,000 artifacts pertaining to Indonesia’s archeology, history, and geography. Boasting one of the most complete collections of artifacts in Southeast Asia, the museum is a must visit on your itinerary.
Istiqlal (Independence) Mosque
The national mosque of Indonesia and the biggest one in South East Asia, Istiqlal Mosque can host up to 120,000 people at a time. Revered for its architecture, the mosque features a 45-meter diameter dome in the center supported by 12 huge columns, all covered in aluminum. For this and its magnificent interiors, the mosque is a sight not to be missed.
Being located directly across the Istiqlal Mosque, the Roman Catholic Cathedral is the personification of the deeply held Indonesian national motto – Bhinneka Tunggal Ika – which means unity in diversity. One of the most visited places in Jakarta and a must-have on any itinerary, the historical cathedral is notable for its architecture and intricate designs, creating a peaceful and serene atmosphere.
What was once the town square of the Dutch settlement in the city is now a vibrant place full of life, housing the Jakarta History Museum and Wayang Museum as well as local snack vendors and stalls offering traditional Indonesian knick knacks. Fatahillah square is the ideal place for people visiting Jakarta for only 2 or 3 days, and seek to experience the history and culture of the city in one sitting.
Designed to be a city within a city, Ancol Dreamland is home to a theme park, a water park, a bowling alley, a mall and an art market. Atlantis Water Adventures invite you and your family to enjoy an array of water slides and pools while Ocean Dream Samudra lets you get up close and personal with dolphins and sea lions. Combining many experiences in one extensive space, Ancol Dreamland should be on your itinerary, regardless of whether you are in Jakarta for a short 2-day trip or a long vacation.
For additional attractions to visit during your trip to Jakarta, contact our Concierge staff.