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To sum it up, Taman Mini Indonesia Indah is Indonesia in nutshell. Established by former Indonesian First Lady Tien Suharto, TMII highlight Indonesia's cultural and natural diversities. You'll find arrays of Indonesian tribes' traditional house miniatures, clothes, artifacts, and unique traditions. The cultural park also boast several cultural museums, Keong Emas Cinema (IMAX), a theatre, and many other interesting educational attractions.
Soaring proudly on Jakarta's sky is the National Monument, constructed under direct order from former first president Soekarno to commemorate struggles for Indonesian independence. The monument have a quite distinctive tower shape topped with golden-foiled flame. While it serves as a symbol of patriotic struggles, National Monument's design holds much deeper philosophical meaning.
A Jakarta-version of Disneyland is Ancol Dreamland. Opened for public in 1966, the theme park has become a major hit among Jakartanians and tourists alike. Ancol Dreamland is integrated with Ancol Bay City, one of the most sophisticated resort destination in Jakarta. The attractions are abundant, from fun and thrilling rides, hotels, beaches, art markets, and more!
Located inside Ancol Dreamland is Dunia Fantasi, which means Fantasy World in English. There are 8 distinctive areas based on 8 different regions: Jakarta, Indonesia, Asia, Africa, America, Europe, and Legendary Fantasy. There are approximately 40 attractions, including Art Market, Eco Park, and a wondrous Ocean Park for all visitors to enjoy.
Sea World Indonesia is one of the most famous oceanarium integrated inside Ancol Resort. Since its first establishment in 1992, Sea World Indonesia have become the most visited attraction in Jakarta. The oceanarium is divided into 5 distinctive areas inhabited with different forms of marine life, from piranhas of Amazon to endangered dugongs. Though unfortunately, Sea World Indonesia have been disbanded in 2014
It doesn't have to be Bali or Lombok if you're seeking some charming beaches, because even the capital city own some! Seribu Islands, or Kepulauan Seribu in Indonesian are a chain of 36 small islands located in the northern part of Jakarta's coast. Island-hopping is highly recommended as each island offer different charms. Seribu Island's location is separated from the main city, providing some tranquility to those who wish to escape from the city's noise and air pollution.
Being the capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta is one of the most fast growing city in the country. The hustling city is almost never sleeps, it is also infamously known for its hectic traffic and seasonal flood. But look beyond that, and you'll notice Jakarta is a vibrant city with interesting cultures and attractions waiting to be explored. Not to mention that the former Batavia is a silent witness of so many struggles committed by Indonesian heroes in order to obtain freedom from Japanese and Dutch occupations. If you happen to stop by in Jakarta, take your time slowly and explore each of this city's wonders below.
How to Get Tickets?
You can get tickets to each Jakarta attractions at the ticket booth. Almost all of them are available in affordable prices, some travel agencies include the entrance fees to their travel package fees, so if you're going on a tour with their agency, you don't have to line up to buy tickets.
How To Get Around?
Traffic in Jakarta is terrifying, fortunately there are many alternative ways to get around Jakarta without having to deal with traffic congestion. The most convenient way is by taking Transjakarta subway that is connecting several points across Jakarta with its own dedicated road. You can also take taxis, Gojek/Grab or online motorcycle taxis, or using ridesharing App such as Grab and Gojek
What Should I Wear?
You can wear literally anything that feels comfortable to you. Just be aware that too-revealing clothes might not sit well with some locals. So you might want to layer your crop top with a stylish denim jacket to go with your knee-length pants. Jakarta's weather is hot and humid, so choose light-weight clothes or shirts made of breathable cotton to minimize sweating. Don't forget to bring mineral water wherever you go!
Best Time to Visit
Dry season which falls on May to October are considered the best time to visit Jakarta, although you can visit it anytime of the year. The weather during those months is considerably warm with low percentage of rainfalls. Try to avoid weekends and public holidays as the traffic jams get worse and most attractions are packed with people. Weekdays are always the best to enjoy your favorite Jakarta attractions without dealing with too many crowds.
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Will I Need a Guide?
Jakarta is extensive and the traffic might be a bit confusing to some. So it might be safer to come with an experienced local guide, especially if you're new to the city.
How To Get There?
Getting to Jakarta can be done easily by any means of public transportations. From ferry boats, airplanes, and even buses from nearby cities, you can pick whichever transportation that suits your budget and time allocations.
Knowing Jakarta and its dense traffic jams, you should consider your schedule when you're going to visit several attractions. Never schedule visiting several places in such short time since there's always possibility you'll be set back for hours ride. Of course, unless the attractions are located within walking distance from each other.