The capital of Indonesia is a huge metropolis that is home to more than 10 million people. It is located on the island of Java . Jakarta is a city of contrasts. This city has a special charm, despite its dirty, noisy streets and the poorest neighborhoods adjacent to the huge skyscrapers. The people build their own homes here, in totally unsuitable places. The stifling heat and the chaotic traffic on the streets spoils the charms of the city. In Jakarta, there are many museums, the most interesting architectural designs of the colonial era, great restaurants and shops with souvenir shops. The Ragunan Zoo is very well-known, it has a large number of rare animals. Not far from Jakarta, in a place called Bogor there is the beautiful palace Sukarno, the famous and the world's largest botanical garden. The atmosphere is unique in Jakarta, the city will not please everyone, but if it sunk into your soul, you will want to come here again and again.
Cuisine and restaurants
The local cuisine is alike Chinese and Indian. Not a dish is complete without rice, sweet potatoes are also popular. Here you can try fried banana, young bamboo shoots, boiled or fried noodles, pickled mangoes and shredded coconut with spices. As for the meat, it is prepared everything except pork. For tourists dishes from chicken liver skewers, frog legs, shark fins, fried grasshoppers, squid and rice, all served with vegetables and sauces. Indonesians are also very fond of spicy seasonings, they eat a myriad of fruits. They drink all with cold water or sweet tea.
As a gift from Jakarta you can buy carved paintings, wooden figurines and sculptures, masks, batik, pottery. Very popular are the products of pearls. Pearls can be found of various kinds there. Large retailers: Pasaraya Grande, Plaza Senayan, Taman Angrek Mal, Plaza Semanggi, Ratu Plaza, Ambassador Mal, Plaza Indonesia. The main markets: Mangga Dua, Pasar Baru, Blok M, Glodok, Pasar Majestik. Prices in Jakarta are just ridiculous, but in large shopping malls they are still 2-3 times higher than in small shops and markets, but in a department store you can find absolutely everything at once.
Entertainment, tours and attractions in Jakarta
One of the most interesting local attractions can be considered the ethnographic park "Taman Mini-' - a beautiful Indonesia in miniature. On the vast territory there are 27 pavilions, each representing an Indonesian province. Here you can see Utensils and traditional Indonesian construction. It is also worth a stroll in the park in Anchole dreams . In addition, it is an art market where you can buy leather goods and batik, works of artists, wood carvers or bone and other souvenirs at Jakarta. At the end of Jalan is a huge complex, "Tamaya Ismail Narzuki" , which includes a showroom, a planetarium, an art gallery, a ballroom and five theaters. Be sure to go to the National Monument . Its height is of 132 m, it is completely made of Italian marble and crowned by a column of flame, made of 35-pound gold-plated sheet. The National monument symbolizes power and independence. Visit the national mosque of Indonesia – the Istiqlal mosque . This is the largest mosque in Southeast Asia. Next to it is the Presidential Palace. In the Chinese district is the temple of Tszine-Yuan . Here, in special sarcophagi, are remains of Buddhist and Taoist saints. It will be interesting to look at the National Cathedral , built in the Gothic Revival style. In the square-Tamam Fatahullah is an old cannon C Iago. Here come the young couples who dream of children as the cannon is a symbol of fertility.
Museums in Jakarta
The museum presents the President of the Republic of Indonesia - the museum , "Purna Bhakti Pertivi" . In the National Museum of Indonesia you can see from the treasury of the royal jewels. In the Historical Museum of Jakarta, old portraits, carved furniture and other furnishings of the museum tell visitors about colonial times. Once, this building was the residence of the colonial administration and later the main prison. Wayang - this museum contains a huge number of puppets and masks from all over Indonesia. The Museum of the armed forces "Ksatriya Mandala" - here you can learn about the armed forces of Indonesia, photos, and an open-air military equipment is exposed during the Second World War. The National Gallery of Art :The museum presents works of contemporary Indonesian artists and sculptors, it also exposed a rare Chinese porcelain and terracotta of the Hindu period. Bahari Museum - a maritime museum, which collects all kinds of traditional sailing ships.
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The name of Indonesia comes from the Greek names “ indos” and “ nesos” and mean the Great Earth and the east of India, situated in the south-east of Asia, north-west of Australia.
Its islands are situated in the Indian Ocean and Pacific and occupy 5100 km near the equator.
Along the equatorial line there are 400 volcanoes of which 130 are active volcanoes, the most famous being Krakatau and Puncan Jaya with a height of 5030 m.
Indonesia hosts many reptile species such as Komodo, named as the Indonesian national specy, Siluk Arwana and Elang Jawa are rare species of falcon.
Bali, known as “The Morning of the World” is one of the most popular destinations in Indonesia.
It is a location full of mystery and magical stories.
This is known as the island of 1,000 temples and it is considered the land of the Lord.
The island lies in the eastern extremity of the island of Java and is composed of coral reefs and landscapes.
Ubud represents the cultural and the artistic center of Bali, with art galleries and handicraft shops with articles and the south where beaches stretch bordered by palm trees and lush vegetation.
The islands are very beautiful, with large areas of rice crops, volcanoes reaching to the clouds, lush tropical forests and white beaches of the Indian Ocean.
The way of life of Bali is related to religion and dance, paintings and music describing the local life and refers to the essence of the Hindu religion, the struggle between good and evil.
For the people of Bali, dance is the main offering to God and gods.
The dances are accompanied by gamelan orchestra.
During temple ceremonies in order to meet the gods, a group of dancers play around the main altar three times and take in their hands ceremonial objects of different colors, water and fire.
Kintamani is a mountain village situated at an altitude of 1500 m, where the Batur Lake is and you can see the Batur volcano, which is still active.
Here is the Tirta Empul Temple and the Elephants Temple.
The most sacred cave temple in Bali and Indonesia's largest temple is the Temple of Besakih’s Mother.
It dates from the XI century and it is situated at an altitude of 1000 m.
The Monkey Forest and Tanah Lot Tour is where the Taman Ayun Royal Temple Megwi is, the sacred monkey forest near Sangeh where the famous Tanah Lot Temple is on a huge rock surrounded by water.
Jakarta is a modern city, the political , the social and the cultural center of the country, a dynamic city day and night with impressive buildings, skyscrapers, cultural organizations and research institutions.
The city is a mixture between modern civilization and Asian civilization.
The most impressive monument in Jakarta is the National Monument located in the center of Merdeka Square.
The monument is a marble obelisk that has a flame golden top.
The most beautiful museum in Southeast Asia is the National Museum.
This can be seen through collections of prehistoric, archaeological and ethnographic ceramics and a collection of Hindu Javanese art.
Other attractions in Jakarta are: the Old City and the Sasmita, Loka, Adam Malik and the Military Museums.
The Lombok Island is located near the ocean and includes the Medana and Nusa beaches and Tenggara Barat, a province in the eastern part of the country.
It is surrounded by tropical gardens and is famous because of the 1000 mosques.