5 Great Holiday Destinations in Jakarta
Tired of the old classic trip to the mall in Jakarta on a family weekend? Change things up and go for adventurous trips this school holiday. There is more to Jakarta than dull tall buildings and bright-lighted malls. Discover a whole new Jakarta in a venturesome trip you and your family can enjoy – from historical museums to fun-loving amusement parks.
Here are some ideas to get you started.
From an amusement park to the largest oceanarium in South East Asia, Ancol Dreamland has it all. Located along Jakarta’s waterfront, the resort provides a great variety of recreation options for you and your family to spend on your holiday. Either for a one-day trip or a weekend stay, Ancol Dreamland provides great accommodations. With various hotels and restaurants overlooking the beautiful Jakarta shore, you would never have to leave the premises. With endless option of entertaining activities, Ancol Dreamland is the place to go to for a fun-packed holiday.
IMAX Movie Theater
Go out for the movies – the big way. Located in Gandaria City’s XXI movie theater, the recently opened IMAX Theater offers a brand new movie experience for you and your family. Unlike the usual standard theaters, the IMAX will make movie lovers feel like they are in the movie themselves with the help of remarkable 3-D imagery. With the latest technology in audio and visuals the IMAX Theater will not only view the latest blockbuster, but also it serves a thrilling new experience when catching the newest movie. Catch superb Hollywood blockbusters – The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spider-Man – this summer.
Take a break from the skyscrapers and malls of metropolitan Jakarta and go back in time by visiting Old Batavia. As the city’s center during the Dutch colonial times, the area is filled with aged buildings that reminisces Jakarta’ legacy. Fatahillah Square is the center of Old Batavia, where the former town city hall stands – now known as Jakarta’s History Museum. Various other museums are also available, each serving as a portal to different aspects of Jakarta and Indonesian culture. Either by renting a classic bike or venturing to museums with your family, Old Batavia will certainly give you a timeless experience.
Sunda Kelapa Port
Ever dreamt being on a grand pirate ship you see in movies? Sunda Kelapa Port in North Jakarta is where your dreams can come true. Even as a part of Old Batavia, the Sunda Kelapa Port deserves its own special visitation, showcasing “pinisi,” traditional grand wooden sailing ships that you’d think only exist in pirate movies. The ships were actually used for freight service and the port is now not as busy as it was back in the olden times. However, it could still serve an exciting experience, as some sailor men would even let you on the ship to see what it’s like from the inside. A fish market nearby is also exciting to visit, since it brings the traditional market atmosphere of Jakarta but this would only be available in really early hours.
You’d be surprised with the phenomenal and magical treasures you’ll find in Jakarta’s museums. What better way to do this than going on a museum hopping trip with your family? Not only will you scour through the city of Jakarta, but also you will have a blast going on the little adventure to uncover Jakarta’s priceless legacy and history. Old Batavia offers various museums, from the Jakarta History Museum (Museum Fatahillah) to the beautiful Fine Art and Ceramics Museum. A must-visit is Taman Prasasti Museum in Central Jakarta, where a seemingly boring memorial stone oark would surprise you with an astounding view of a Dutch cemetery filled with stunning and artistic gravestones like you’ve never seen before. The National Museum or more popularly known as “Museum Gajah” (Elephant Building) is also not to miss. Its broad collection covers the Indonesian archipelago, from heritage to history, and it will amaze and open your family’s eyes to how wonderful our country is.