Asia Guide - Indonesia

Indonesia straddles the Equator between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. While it has land borders with Malaysia to the north as well as East Timor and Papua New Guinea to the east, it also neighbors Australia to the south, and Palau, the Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, and Thailand to the north, India to the northwest.  a Southeast Asian nation made up of thousands of volcanic islands, is home to hundreds of ethnic groups speaking many different languages. It’s known for beaches, volcanoes, Komodo dragons and jungles sheltering elephants, orangutans and tigers. On the island of Java lies Indonesia's vibrant, sprawling capital, Jakarta, and the city of Yogyakarta, known for gamelan music and traditional puppetry.


Jakarta

Jakarta is the capital and largest city of Indonesia, located on the northwest of the island of Java. Jakarta is the country's economic, cultural and political centre and the most populous city not only in Indonesia but in Southeast Asia as a whole. It is filled with an exciting nightlife and vibrant shopping areas. The city is also the centre and melting pot of Indonesian culture which might be the thing for you to enjoy Jakarta. A historic mix of cultures such as Javanese, Malay, Chinese, Arab, Indian and European that has influenced its architecture, language and cuisine. The old town, Kota Tua, is home to Dutch colonial buildings, Glodok (Jakarta’s Chinatown) and the old port of Sunda Kelapa, where traditional wooden schooners dock.

Shopping Malls in Jakarta

Grand Indonesia

Mall Taman Anggrek

Plaza Indonesia


Theme Parks in Jakarta

Ancol Dreamland

Taman Impian Jaya Ancol otherwise known as Ancol Dreamland is an integral part of Ancol Bay City, a resort destination located along Jakarta's waterfront, in Ancol Kelurahan, Pademangan, Indonesia. Ancol Dreamland opened in 1966 and is currently the largest integrated tourism area in South East Asia, boasting an international championship golf course, a theme park, hotels and other recreational facilities. There are 27 rides at Fantasy World, 8 pools at Atlantis Water Adventure and 8 shows at Ocean Dream Samudra.

  • Dunia Fantasi (Fantasy World)
  • Atlantis Water Adventure
  • Ocean Dream Samudra
  • SeaWorld Ancol
  • Beaches
  • Pasar Seni
  • Executive Golf Fun
  • Jaya Bowling
  • Ocean Eco Park
  • Ancol Beach City

History, Culture & Arts in Jakarta

Jakarta History Museum

The Jakarta History Museum , also known as Fatahillah Museum or Batavia Museum, is located in the Old Town (known as Kota Tua) of Jakarta, Indonesia. The building was built in 1710 as the Stadhuis (city hall) of Batavia. Jakarta History Museum opened in 1974 and displays objects from the prehistory period of the city region, the founding of Jayakarta in 1527, and the Dutch colonization period from the 16th century until Indonesia’s Independence in 1945.The museum is located in south side of Fatahillah Square (former Batavia city square) near Wayang Museum and Fine Art and Ceramic Museum. The building is believed to be modeled after Dam Palace.

National Monument (Monumen Nasional)

The National Monument (Indonesian: Monumen Nasional, abbreviated Monas) is a 132 m (433 ft) tower in the centre of Merdeka Square, Central Jakarta, symbolizing the fight for Indonesia. It is the national monument of the Republic of Indonesia, built to commemorate the struggle for Indonesian independence. Construction began in 1961 under the direction of President Soekarno. Monas was opened to the public in 1975. It is topped by a flame covered with gold foil. After the Indonesian government returned to Jakarta from Yogyakarta in 1950 following the Dutch recognition of Indonesian independence, President Sukarno began to contemplate the construction of a national monument comparable to the Eiffel Tower on the square in front of the Presidential Palace.

Merdeka Square

Merdeka Square (Indonesian: Medan Merdeka or Lapangan Merdeka) is a large square located in the center of Jakarta, Indonesia. Measuring one square kilometer in area, if the surrounding fields within the Merdeka Square are included, it is considered the largest square in the world or one of the largest. At 75 hectares, it is over five times the size of Tiananmen Square, and 12 times the size of Place de la Concorde. At its center stands the National Monument, often called Monas (Monumen Nasional). The paved plaza surrounds the monument often host national events such as military and float parades, as well as civic demonstrations. Surrounding the Monument is now a park with a musical fountain in eastern side, and a deer enclosure where deer roam among the shady trees in the southeast corner. The square is a popular destination for Jakartans for sports and recreation especially on weekends. It is surrounded by important government buildings such as the Merdeka Palace, the National Museum of Indonesia, the Supreme Court and various governmental ministries. During the colonial Dutch East Indies era the square was called Koningsplein (King's square). Merdeka is the Indonesian word for freedom or independence.

Wayang Museum

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The Wayang Museum is a museum dedicated to Javanese wayang puppetry. The museum is located in Kota Tua, Jakarta, Indonesia. It is one of several museums and galleries facing the Fatahillah Square, which include Jakarta History Museum, Fine Art and Ceramic Museum, and Kota Post Office art gallery. The museum has a collection of various kinds of wayang, such as wayang kulit and wayang golek. It also displays various collections of wayang and dolls from countries like Malaysia, Thailand, Suriname, China, Vietnam, France, India and Cambodia. The museum also shows gamelan sets, wayang sculptures, as well as wayang paintings. Inside the museum is the plate marking the tombstone of Jan Pieterszoon Coen. A wayang theater and a workshop of wayang-making is periodically organised in the museum.

Taman Prasasti Museum

Museum Taman Prasasti (Indonesian for Museum of Memorial Stone Park or Inscription Museum[1]) is a museum located in Jakarta, Indonesia. The museum was formerly a cemetery, built by the Dutch colonial government in 1795 as a final resting place for noble Dutchmen. Several important person that was buried in the cemetery area are Olivia Mariamne Raffles the first wife of British governor general Thomas Stamford Raffles and Indonesian youth activist Soe Hok Gie.The cemetery area is the oldest of its kind in Jakarta and may have been the oldest modern cemetery in the world by comparison with the Fort Canning Park (1926) in Singapore, Gore Hill cemetery (1868) in Sydney, Père Lachaise Cemetery (1803) in Paris, and Mount Auburn Cemetery (1831) in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Bali


Bali is an Indonesian island known for its forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs. The island is home to religious sites such as cliffside Uluwatu Temple. To the south, the beachside city of Kuta has lively bars, while Seminyak, Sanur and Nusa Dua are popular resort towns. The island is also known for its yoga and meditation retreats.

 

Tanah Lot

Tanah Lot is a rock formation off the Indonesian island of Bali. It is home to the pilgrimage temple Pura Tanah Lot, a popular tourist and cultural icon for photography and general exoticism.

Uluwatu Temple

Uluwatu Temple is a Balinese sea temple in Uluwatu. The temple is regarded as one of the sad kahyangan and is dedicated to Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa in his manifestation as Rudra.

Ubud Monkey Forest

he Ubud Monkey Forest is a nature reserve and Hindu temple complex in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. Its official name is the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary (Balinese Mandala Suci Wenara Wana), and its name as written on its welcome sign is the Padangtegal Mandala Wisata Wanara Wana Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. The Ubud Monkey Forest is a popular tourist attraction and is often visited by over 10,000 tourists a month.

Bali Safari and Marine Park

Bali Safari and Marine Park, or Taman Safari III is a branch of Taman Safari located in Gianyar, Bali. Tickets can be purchased through the official BSMP ticketing partner Voyagin.

Puri Lukisan Museum

The Puri Lukisan Museum is the oldest art museum in Bali which specialize in modern traditional Balinese paintings and wood carvings. The museum is located in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

Garuda Wisnu Kencana

Mandala Garuda Wisnu Kencana, or Garuda Wisnu Kencana, is a cultural park covering approximation 60 ha area located in Ungasan, Badung Regency, or about 10–15 minutes driving from Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport.

Medan


Medan is the capital of Indonesia’s North Sumatra province. The huge Maimun Palace and octagonal Great Mosque of Medan dominate the city center, combining Islamic and European styles. Just north are Jalan Selat Panjang street, famed for its ethnic food stalls, and Tjong A Fie Mansion, a museum in a former Chinese merchant’s home. Southwest is the striking Indo-Moghul Catholic church of Graha Maria Annai Velangkanni.

 

Lake Toba

Lake Toba (Indonesian: Danau Toba) is a large natural lake occupying the caldera of a supervolcano. The lake is about 100 kilometres long, 30 kilometres wide, and up to 505 metres (1,666 ft) deep. Located in the middle of the northern part of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, with a surface elevation of about 900 metres (2,953 ft), the lake stretches from 2.88°N 98.52°E to 2.35°N 99.1°E. It is the largest lake in Indonesia and also the largest volcanic lake in the world.

Maimun Palace

Maimun Palace or Maimoon Palace is an istana of the Sultanate of Deli and a well-known landmark in Medan, the capital city of North Sumatra, Indonesia. Today, it serves as a museum.

Tjong A Fie Mansion

Tjong A Fie Mansion is a two-story mansion in Medan, North Sumatra, built by Tjong A Fie (1860 - 1921) a Hakka merchant who came to own much of the land in Medan through his plantations, later becoming 'Majoor der Chineezen' (leader of the Chinese') in Medan and constructing the Medan-Belawan railway.

Graha Maria Annai Velangkanni

Our Lady of Good Health Church, Indonesian: Graha Maria Annai Velangkanni, is a Catholic temple in Indo-Mogul style opened in 2005 in Medan, Indonesia. It is devoted to Our Lady of Good Health and is also known as Our Lady of Vailankanni.

Rahmat International Wildlife Museum & Gallery

Rahmat International Wildlife Museum & Gallery is a natural history museum in Medan, Indonesia. The museum displays various collections of wildlife from the smallest to the largest according to the habitat.

Yogyakarta


Yogyakarta (often called “Jogja”) is a city on the Indonesian island of Java known for its traditional arts and cultural heritage. Its ornate 18th-century royal complex, or kraton, encompasses the still-inhabited Sultan’s Palace. Also within the kraton are numerous open-air pavilions that host classical Javanese dance shows and concerts of gamelan music, characterized by gongs, chimes and plucked string instruments.

 

Prambanan

Candi Prambanan or Candi Rara Jonggrang is a 9th-century Hindu temple compound in Central Java, Indonesia, dedicated to the Trimurti, the expression of God as the Creator, the Preserver and the Destroyer.

Borobudur Temple Compound

Borobudur Temple Compounds is a term used by the World Heritage designation of the area of three Buddhist temples in Central Java, Indonesia. It comprises Borobudur, Mendut, and Pawon.

Taman Sari

Taman Sari also known as Taman Sari Water Castle is a site of a former royal garden of the Sultanate of Yogyakarta. It is located about 2 km south within the grounds of the Kraton, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Keraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat

Kraton of Yogyakarta is a palace complex located in the city of Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta Special Region, Indonesia. The palace is the main seat Sultan of Yogyakarta and his family.

Bandung

Bandung, capital of Indonesia’s West Java province, is a large city set amid volcanoes and tea plantations. It's known for colonial and art deco architecture, a lively, university-town feel and – thanks to its 768m elevation – relatively cool tropical weather. Bandung is also a shopping destination, with fashion outlets clustered along Jalan Setiabudi and Jalan Riau in the Dago district.

 

Masjid Raya Bandung

The Grand Mosque of Bandung, previously known as the Great Mosque of Bandung, is a mosque in Bandung, the provincial capital of West Java, Indonesia. The mosque received the status of provincial mosque of West Java Province in 2004.

Patenggang Lake

Patenggang Lake is a lake located in the area of natural tourist attractions in the southern Bandung city, West Java, Indonesia, to be exact it is in Ciwidey village.

Kawah Putih

Kawah Putih is a striking crater lake and tourist spot in a volcanic crater about 50 km south of Bandung in West Java in Indonesia. Kawah Putih lake is one of the two craters which make up Mount Patuha, an andesitic stratovolcano.

Bandung Geological Museum


The Bandung Geological Museum opened in Bandung, Indonesia in 1928. On December 10, 1871, six meteorites fell in Sindanglaut, West Java, Indonesia.

Ranca Upas

Enjoy camping with the serenity and beauty of nature accompanied by deers that can be seen nearby.

Puncak


Puncak or Puncak Pass is a mountain pass in West Java, Indonesia. The pass connects the city of Bogor and Bandung, and is spread within the regencies of Bogor, Cianjur, and Sukabumi. The area is a popular area for tourism.

Telaga Warna

Lake Warna (Lake Colour) is located in  The Inland Hill which offers a stunning scenery. Lake Warna is able to change the colour following the natural surroundings, that’s why it is called Lake Warna.

Location :  North Tugu Village, Cisarua Sub District, about 39 km from Bogor

Curug Kembar

Another name of the Twins waterfall is Ponds Green waterfall. This waterfall has a height of about 15 m and below of the ponds is green. The water is very clean, but it also contained a cliff that resembles a cave. This waterfall is from Gumawang River.

Location : Batulayang Village, Cisarua Sub District, about 26,5 km from Bogor

Taman Safari

Taman Safari, Cisarua, with about 170 hectares has around 2,500 animals. The majority of animals are from Indonesian, including Bengal tigers, Giraffe, Malayan Sun Bear, Orangutan, Hippo, zebra, cheetah, elephants, and komodo. There are also many conserved faunas here, including the Bali Starling, a small white Mynah bird. The safari is a drive through and it is possible to be extremely close to all the animals.

Locatuion : Jl. Raya Puncak No.601 Cisarua

Agro Gunung Mas Tourism

You can enjoy a cup of tea, looking at the green expanse of tea plantations and mountains with blue sky making the heart calm and forget every day routines for a moment . To enjoy it all, we can go to a Tea Plantation in Gunung Mas Agro Tourism.

Location : Jl. Raya Puncak KM 87, Tugu Village, Cisarua Sub District, 25 km from Bogor

Kebun Raya Cibodas

You will find an outstanding collection of ferns, palms, 65 pieces of eucalypt, Mexican mountain pines, and glasshouses bursting with cacti and succlents. A road loops around the gardens, passing via the Japanese garden with its cherry trees, and there are also paths leading throughforests of bamboo to the impressive Cismun waterfall.

Location: Mount Gede Pangrango Area, Cimacan Village, Cianjur.

Taman Bunga Nusantara

Taman Bunga Nusantara (TBN) has many diverse collection of beautiful and fresh flowers, ranging from plants to tropical climate as well as for a cold climate, not even just the interest that comes from Indonesia, flowers from all over the world were there. In addition to refresh the eye, we also will get a lot of new insights about the flowers.TBN is located in the Village District Kawung-Luwuk Sukaresmi Cipanas-Cianjur, with total area of ??35 acres, Garden Flowers Collection presents the beauty and charm and natural flowers arranged beautifully. Founded 10 years ago precisely on September 10, 1995, Indonesia’s first display garden is equipped with various collections of plants and flowers are renowned worldwide unique.

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