The large, crowded, bustling traffic and extremely fast pace of life of this place have made many visitors feel overwhelmed when they first set foot in this city.

But beneath this rather busy exterior, Jakarta is a city filled with interesting contrasts between contemporary, traditional, lavish and unpretentious. Jakarta has the beauty of a blend of many Asian and Southeast Asian cultures (especially the indigenous Batavian culture) as well as Dutch and Muslim influences, making it a Beautiful set of contrasts.

With some of the best nightlife in Southeast Asia, Jakarta is a must-see for culturally curious and adventurous travelers.

Explore Art At Museum MACAN

The Museum MACAN, or the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara, houses a large collection of modern and contemporary art from Indonesia and around the world. Famous for its active exhibitions, its chief highlight is the stunning masterpieces of Yayoi Kusama, a pioneer in contemporary art.

The museum is over 7000 square meters and was initially built to house businessman Haryanto Adikoesoemo’s private collection of over 800 Indonesian artists. Museum MACAN also hosts several events and workshops for the modern art community. It also offers resources to teachers and students to initiate a dialogue about art.

Explore Underwater World At Sea World Ancol

Sea World Ancol, also known as Sea World Jakarta, is a marine aquarium that comprises 1 Main Tank, 1 Shark Tank, and several small tanks. The Main Tank is the biggest aquarium in South East Asia. There are 28 displays divided into 9 freshwater aquariums and 19 aquariums and 4 open ponds. It also has feeding shows and a touch pool.

In Seaworld Ancol, there are many diverse marine animals like giant crabs, jellyfish, manatees and many more. This place is absolutely perfect for families for a weekend getaway. Located at Jaya Ancol National Park, it offers 24 large tanks containing diverse sea animals and an exciting underwater tunnel. To make the experience even better, they also offer special shows for shark-feeding.

Visit Atlantis Water Adventure

Atlantis Water Adventure is an exciting water park in the Ancol dreamland area. It spans over five hectares of land and the theme is based on the mythological underwater world of Atlantis. It includes a wave pool, a continuously flowing river pool, a rainbow ball pool, a waterfall pool, water slides, and two children’s pools. There are also restaurants and food courts serving cuisines from India, Brazil, Spain and Bangladesh.

Atlantis Water Adventure has a Mediterranean theme resembling the ancient city of Atlantis. Before the Water Adventure Park was established, the attraction was previously known as the Ancol Swimming Arena. People visit the waterpark for its variety of pools and the longest and highest water slide. It is one of the several water parks preferred for outings and picnics on a hot summer day in Jakarta. The slides are well-maintained and the place is pretty much packed on weekends. The attraction provides quite a respite for families to spend a day together having a gala time playing the slides, the rides or just soaking in the pools leisurely.

Glodok Chinatown

Glodok is Jakarta’s Chinatown, housing the remnants of the past Chinese settlements. It is mainly famous for its market. From old and beautiful Chinese temples like the famous Da Shi Miao, kuan yin, jin de Yuan(Jakarta’s oldest Chinese temple), and Vihara Dharma Bhakti to stores selling showpieces and electronic equipment, Chinatown has a lot to explore.

The market is generally busy with locals buying stuff for their daily use and travelers strolling around the souvenir shops and traditional Chinese shops. Chinatown of Jakarta also has malls, restaurants, and vendors selling everything from vegetables to seafood, Chinese pottery and hawkers cooking some tasty and authentic Chinese street food.

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