Points of interest from Museum Jakarta
Taman Ismail Marzuki (TIM) Cultural Center, Jl. Cikini Raya 73
TIM is a center of cultural activities, with nightly performance of either art or cultural, exhibitions by local artists or from abroad, gamelan concerts, foreign film festivals, dances, mimes, ballet and a lot more. A monthly program book is available at most major hotels or at the TIM office. Other facilities include children’s library.
Museum Taman Prasasti, Jl. Tanah Abang I No. 1
The Park of Inscriptions Museum is the only open air museum in Indonesia. Encompassing 13,000 sq.m. Of land there are around 1,300 gravestones with memorial inscriptions displayed, sheltered with trees that are hundred of years old. An old hearse cart is also on display. Before Independence, this place was used as cemetery for Dutch officials and their families. Some of the remains of Batavian Governor Generals removed from what now become Museum Wayang, were once reburied here. In 1975 the cemetery was closed and the remains were transferred to various places. Since 1977 it has become a museum with not a single bone of skeleton remaining.
Textile Museum, Jl. Satsuit Tubun No. 4
The street leading to this museum is one of the most densely trafficked that could be distressing. But as you enter the museum’s large front yard, the place soothes your heart away. The building itself is one of those colonial structure with a large hall followed with wide corridor between two rows of huge rooms, where woven cloths from all parts of Indonesia are kept. From famous Javanese batik, glittering Sumatra sarongs, mystical ulos from Batak, fine to very light silk sarongs from Bugis and also the tools for making them.
National Museum, Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat No. 12
Known as Gedung Gajah or Elephant House for its bronze elephant perched in the front yard, this was presented by King Chulalongkorn. Two cannons stand on each side. Housing a collection of various ethnic cultural objects, it also has a large collection of archaeological artifacts and stone remains from various temples in Central and East Java, some fascinating crock wares from the Sung and Ming dynasties, stone wares from Thailand and Annam ceramics from Vietnam.
National Monument, Jl. Silang Monas
This Jakarta landmark symbolizes the Independence of Indonesia. The height of the obelisk including the flame shaped top coated in 35 kg of pure gold is 132 meters. A platform where visitors have a panoramic view of Jakarta can be reached by an elevator. The basement functions as the nation’s history museum depicting Indonesia’s history, and the struggle for Independence. Outside the monument there is a statue of Prince Diponegoro on a horse back. He was a Javanese Prince who fought the Dutch (1825-1830), but he was later captured and held prisoner before he was exiled to Manado in North Sulawesi.
Other place of interest
On the North side of the National Monument is the Presidential Palace, where the president receives the state’s official guests. The palace is not open for public. A walking distance from the palace there are 3 structure representing 3 religions. They are Istiqlal Mosque, the largest mosque in South East Asia. The second one is the St. Mary Catholic Cathedral, built in 1901. The architectural design is Neo-Gothic with two spires. The last one is the Immanuel Church. This unique structure resembles the Roman arenas; its construction began in 1934 and was completed in 1939. It once was used as a repository for the ashes of Javanese soldier killed during World War II. The church provides services in Indonesian and English.
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Batavia, a name given by the Dutch to the early part of Jakarta. Massive buildings of colonial style with large windows and high ceilings, now serve as offices and museums. The area of Glodok or China town, as it was in the past, is still the center of trade, believed to be where the wheel of the Indonesian economy starts rolling. This part of town is being developed into tourist area.
Jakarta History Museum, Taman Fatahillah
This building with octagonal shaped bell tower is located in the golden day’s elite area of Batavia city, used to be the town hall, served as Batavia city’s administration. It also housed the offices of the Bench of Magistrates and Council of Justice, where many so called injustices were witnessed. The basement was a dungeon prison, notorious for cruel methods of torture used to extract confession from prisoners. Now this building function museum with the collections of carved wooden furniture from the Dutch period and stone replicas from the earlier kingdoms.
Just outside the museum, is a cobblestones square called Taman Fatahillah. The glory history of the Dutch period revealed that in this square a considerable number of executions for capital punishment had taken place, in which verdicts were announced from the Council of Justice. Nonetheless, the square also had its share of merry activities, among others being the fair market.
Fine Arts & Ceramic Museum, Jl Pos Kota No. 1
Still within the vicinity of Taman Fatahillah, what was formerly the Palace of Justice now serves as art gallery, exhibiting famous Indonesian painters such as Raden Saleh, Basuki Abdullah and Affandi. A collection of ceramics is also on display.
Wayang Museum, Jl. Pintu Besar Utara 27
Across the street on the West side of square sits a narrow building called Wayang or Puppet Museum. It has the best collection of puppets in Java. It includes Punch & Judy, Guignol, and puppets from China, Malaysia, India and Cambodia. Inside the building there are several large tombstones of Dutch Governor Generals who once were buried there. The museum holds wayang performance every Sunday.
Sunda Kelapa Harbour Jl. Baruan Raya No 2
This part of the city was the earnest settlement and was also known as a busy major port since the Pajajaran dynasty of the last Hindu Kingdom well through the Dutch occupation. Nowadays it is still functioning, where the sleek and proud Bugis schooners berth; ready to load cargoes to be shipped inter-island. At dawn, fisherman’s boats anchor there and auction off their catches of the day at nearby fish market. Open daily 08:00 – 18:00 hours.
Maritime Museum Jl. Pasar Ikan No 1
Located in the Sunda Kelapa Harbour area, on the East bank of Ciliwung River, the rows of 2-storey long buildings were the warehouses of the former Dutch Indies Company. Model of seagoing vessels from all parts of Indonesia are displayed. Pictures show what it was like in the old days, bringing back nostalgic moments of glory for those who shared the experience. Menara Syahbandar, or the Lookout Tower is located within a few meters from there. Open: Tuesday through Friday from 08:30 – 15:00 hours, Saturday and Sunday to 13:30 hours.
Taman Impian Jaya Ancol Jl. Lodan Timur 7
Covering an area of approximately 137 hectares, this recreation park provides non-stop entertainment. Facilities include hotels, golf course, cottages, and nightclubs. Besides the Gelanggang Samudra (Oceanarium) the Fantasy Land is most frequented by children, here they can spend their whole day roaming, fantasizing or getting thrilled by various joyrides. Pasar Seni, the Art Market inside the area is something else. Here you will find handy craft, painting, furniture made from tree stumps or roots and various knick-knacks. You can also have your portrait painted by an artist while you wait, or slimly enjoy the sea breeze sipping fresh coconut juice.
Ragunan zoo, Jl. Harsono RM 1, Pasar Minggu
Most of Indonesia’s larger islands have their own distinctive animals. The 340 hectare zoo contains rhinoceros, elephants, tigers from Sumatra, Komodo from East Nusa Tenggara, orang utan and other species from the Asian, African and Australian continents with a total population of 4,000. If you don’t mind a rather long walk under the shady trees, you might be able to view them all. The zoo also serves as the rehabilitation and breeding center for endangered species.
Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII)
TMII was officially opened in 1975 and is considered the most visited place of interest in Jakarta. Inside the 100 hectare park there are 27 pavilions, each in the shape of a traditional house of a province of Indonesia. Each pavilion displays handicrafts and traditional costumes, sometimes cultural performance or traditional wedding ceremony takes place. TMII also has an orchid garden, Bird Park and several museums. A lagoon with miniatures of the Indonesian islands is located at the Northern side. Keong Mas Theatre shows an Imax screen of Indonesian Panoramas with special effects at certain hours in the afternoon.