10 Incredible Places to Visit in Indonesian Capital, Jakarta

The Indonesian capital, Jakarta is the busiest city in the country. The atmosphere here is quite happening which will definitely give you positive vibes. While traveling to Jakarta, you can enjoy world-class street food with plenty of things to do and explore. Jakarta is that place in Indonesia where you can enjoy the nightlife, explore more about the cultural diversity of Indonesia, and many more. 

In this article, we have mentioned some of the most incredible places to visit in Jakarta including religious places, amusement parks, and some famous shopping malls. Read along to know more about major tourist attractions in Jakarta.

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Top 10 Places To Visit In Jakarta 

1. Grand Indonesia Mall

One of the most popular tourist attractions in the city of Jakarta, The Grand Indonesia Mall is one of the largest malls in Indonesia. The mall features numerous showrooms of international clothing brands, lifestyle products, and also some famous food outlets. 

Grand Indonesia Mall is one of the best places to visit in Jakarta, especially for buying luxurious products at a reasonable rate. Apart from clothing brands, you can also explore the bookstore, theme park, and gaming zone while visiting with kids.  

Visiting Hours: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Things To Do: 

  • Visit or Shop at several branded clothing stores, active or sportswear, accessories, or jewelry.
  • Attend the event at Galeri Indonesia Kaya where various cultural events are performed.
  • Enjoy the weekend Light and sound shows inspired by the Rockefeller Plaza Fountain.
  • Choose from a variety of mouth-watering cuisines at the food court.

Nearby Tourist Attractions:

  • Museums, Galleries, and several religious places like mosques and churches.
  • Public parks like Taman Menteng, Taman Suropati and Taman Situ Lembang

Where To Stay: There are total hotels situated near Grand Indonesia Mall. Below are some of the best hotels to stay in.

  • Grand Hyatt
  • Hotel Indonesia Kempinski
  • Ascott 
  • Keraton at The Plaza 
  • Mandarin

How To Get There: There are  3 bus lines that will take you here named 3F, 6M, and T11. 

2. Masjid Istiqlal

Also regarded as the “Symbol of Religious Tolerance”, the Grand Masjid Istiqlal was constructed in 1978 by the first President of Indonesia Soekarno. It is the largest mosque in all over Southeast Asia in terms of capacity as well as structure. Up to 120,000 people can pray in Masjid Istiqlal at a single time. 

The Mosque was initially designed by Frederich Silaban in 1954. A beautiful piece of architecture, Masjid Istiqlal is one of the most beautiful mosques in Indonesia. As soon as you enter the main prayer hall, you will be awestruck by the breathtaking interior. The main prayer hall also features some Arabic calligraphies which also include the 99 names of Allah and his beloved Prophet “Mohammad”

Visiting Hours: 4:00 AM to 10:00 PM Hours 

Where To Stay: Below are top hotels to stay near Masjid Istiqlal

  • Grand Mercure Jakarta Harmoni 
  • Ibis Styles Jakarta Gajah Mada 
  • Hotel Borobudur Jakarta
  • Red Planet Jakarta Pasar Baru 
  • Lumire Hotel and Convention Centre 

How To Get There: Reach here via Metromini or Transjakarta bus. The Transjakarta bus will drop you at Gambir from where you complete the remaining route on foot or bike. 

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3. Kepulauan Seribu

The beautiful landscape of Jakarta, Kepulauan Seribu is a group of 342 islands that spans up to 45 km. Also referred to as the “Thousand Islands”, the Kepulauan Seribu is one of the most adventurous places to visit in Jakarta. Out of its 342, Islands only 36 are authorized by the government and you are allowed to visit 13 of them. The 2 of those islands are now converted into a National Park.

While in Kepulauan Seribu you can go for underwater sports such as diving or snorkeling, or engage yourself in wildlife photography. The place has diverse species of flora and fauna among which Golden Ring Snakes, Hawksbill Sea Turtle, and Reticulated Pythons are the most popular ones. 

Visiting Hours: 24 Hours

Things To Do:

  • Go For Fishing
  • Watersports such as snorkeling, diving, and swimming
  • Cycling in Pari Island 
  • Enjoy Mariner life at Putri Island 
  • Visit touch the dutch heritages   

Where To Stay: 

  • Swissotel Jakarta PIK Avenue
  • Oakwood Apartments PIK
  • Seribu Resort Thousand Island
  • Mutiara Tidung Resort 

How To Get There: Kepulauan Seribu can be accessed only via ferry. Take a ferry from Manggarai which will take you here within 4 hours. 

4. Ragunan Zoo

One of the famous tourist attractions in Jakarta among wildlife geeks, the Ragunan Zoo features a wide range of wildlife species along with several unique species of plants. You will be surprised to know that Ragunan Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the world. 

If you're planning a tour to Jakarta then don’t forget to include this place in your list of places to visit in Jakarta.  

Best Time To Visit: June to September 

Visiting Hours: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Entry Fee: 

  • Adults - 4000 IDR 
  • Kids - 300 IDR

Nearby Tourist Attractions:

  • Ragunan Lake 
  • Cilandak Town Square
  • Jakarta Museum of Kites

Where To Stay: These are the top hotels to stay nearby Ragune Zoo.

  • Ascott 
  • Ashley Wahid Hasyim
  • Merlynn Park Hotel 

How To Get There: Get here via TransJakarta corridor bus from the outer ring road. You can also grab a private car which is more comfortable. 

5. Jakarta Cathedral

The famous neo-gothic Cathedral in Jakarta has situated just a few walking distances away from the grand Istiqlal Mosque. The first President of Indonesia chose this place to build a mosque on purpose in order to represent the country’s diversity and harmony. 

Today, the management of religious places cooperate with each other, especially during Christmas celebrations and Eid prayer. 

Visiting Hours: 

  • Daily Timings: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Museum: 10:00 Am to 12:00 PM(Monday/Wednesday/Friday)  

Nearby Tourist Attractions:

  • Masjid Istiqlal
  • Gedung Kesenian Jakarta
  • Taman Prasasti Museum
  • Merdeka Palace
  • National Museum 
  • National Monument

Where To Stay: Top hotels to stay near Jakarta Cathedral

  • Hotel Borobudur Jakarta
  • Oasis Amir Hotel 
  • Yuan Garden Pasar Baru 
  • Classic Hotel

How To Get There: Just 1.1 km away from Masjid Istiqlal which will hardly take 3 mins to reach here. 

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6. Senayan City

Another famous shopping mall in Jakarta, the Senayan City Mall is one of the oldest malls. A huge number of tourists visit this mall especially during the weekend and holidays as it is easy to access. IThe Mall features a 7 story shopping mall, a tower for office, apartment, and a 5-star hotel. 

The mall also provides several world-class facilities like valet parking, shuttle, and nursery rooms. Every year, Over 24 million visitors including tourists visit Senayan City Mall.

Visiting Hours: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Things To Do: 

  • Choose from numerous clothing brands to purchase including Lacoste, Chanel, Gucci, GAP, and Ferragamo. 
  • Attend several events in Senayan City like Jakarta Fashion week, Jakarta Culinary Festival, and Batik Day Celebration. 
  • You can also attend talk shows and workshops as well prize contests organized by some major brands.
  • Try a burger at Burger King or try the delicious Italian cuisine at Spageddies Italian Kitchen. 

Where To Stay: These are the best hotels to stay near Senayan City Mall.

  • The Orient Hotel 
  • The Sultan Hotel & Residence
  • Batavia Apartments, Hotel & Residences
  • Eightin Hotel Sudirman 

How To Get There: Reach here via car or bus from Grand Indonesia Mall which is just 7.4 km away and will hardly take you 7 minutes to get here. 

7. Ancol Dreamland 

Also referred to as the” Dreamland of Indonesia” the Ancol Dreamland is an amusement park that features plenty of rides, a recreational complex, and a variety of activities to do including sports and leisure for all age groups. 

Here you can take a cable tour and enjoy the beautiful aerial view of this place from the top. Not only this, the park also features a golf course along with theme parks.

Visiting Hours: 

  • Monday to Friday - 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Saturday to Sunday - 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Entry Fee: 25,000 IDR

Things To Do: 

  • Visit the Ecopark 
  • Enjoy the animal shows at Ocean Dream
  • Visit Seaworld to experience the underwater world in one of the largest oceanariums.  
  • Choose from more than 40 rides
  • Cable car ride 

Where To Stay: The top hotels to stay near Ancol Dreamland

  • Putri Duyung Ancol 
  • Discovery Hotel and Convention
  • Mercure Hotel

How To Get There: Easily accessible via bus, taxi, private car, and Ancol train. Just 5.2 km away from Masjid Istiqlal and 9.5 km away from Grand Indonesia Mall. 

8. Dunia Fantasi

Inspired by the theme of Disneyland, the Dunia Fantasi or Fantasy World is not just an amusement park with rides and rollercoasters but also features water parks, beaches, and plenty of water sports to enjoy. It is an ideal place to visit in Jakarta with kids. 

Visiting Hours: 

  • Monday to Friday - 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Saturday and Sunday - 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM 

Entry Fee: 

  • Monday to Friday - 175,000 IDR
  • Saturday and Sunday - 275,000 IDR 

Things To Do: 

  • Try Halilintar roller coaster Bianglala flyer and Niagara Flume  
  • Visit the Istana Boneka Doll House if you are visiting with a little one(girl)
  • Try the delicious seafood at Bandar Djakarta or have some pizza at Pizza Hut. 
  • Try some rides such as Baling Baling, Haunted coaster, pirate theme ride “Karavel”, Kolibri, and several others.

Where To Stay:

  • Holiday Inn Jakarta Kemayoran
  • D’Arcici Hotel Sunter 
  • Coin’s Hotel 
  • Apatel the Mansion Jasmine Aurora 31 J

How To Get There: Take a bus or train to get here. Take the TransJakarta bus or Public bus. 

9. National Museum Indonesia

A must-visit tourist attraction in Jakarta, the National Museum Indonesia is also referred to as the “Ganesh Museum” due to the presence of elephant sculpture. If you want to explore more about the history and culture of Indonesia then do pay a visit to the National Museum Indonesia. 

The museum features collections of more than 60,000 prehistoric as well as anthropological arts from Indonesia and Asia. You can also take advantage of tour guides to explore more about the museum's history in different languages including English, French, Korean, and others.  

Visiting Hours: 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Entry Fee: 

  • Adult: 10,000 IDR
  • Child: 2,000 IDR 

Where To Stay: Top hotels to stay in near the National Museum.

  • Ashley Sabang
  • Millennium Hotel Sirih 
  • Mercure Jakarta Sabang 
  • Ibis Styles Jakarta Tanah Abang 

How To Get There: Get here via bus, taxi, or train. The bus will take you here within 10 minutes while the train will take you within 29 minutes. 

10. Merdeka Square

A famous historical recreation from the British era, the Merdeka Square features the tallest flagpole which stands in the center of the square. It is one of the most popular picnic spots in Jakarta that also features a playground for kids. You can visit here to relax after a long trip. Not only this, but you can also enjoy the nightlife of Jakarta in Merdeka Square at the midnight on weekends. 

During the nighttime, a light show is conducted all over Merdeka Square which highlights the beautiful architecture of the flagpole.

Visiting Hours: 8:00 AM to 11:59 PM

Things To Do: 

  • Wakeboarding
  • Shop at Bukit Bintang 
  • Take a glimpse of Petronas Towers

Where To Stay: Top Hotels to stay near Merdeka Square

  • Hotel 1000 Miles 
  • Ahyu Hotel 
  • Tian Jing Hotel 
  • Mingle Highstreet 
  • Big M Hotel 

How To Get There: Just walking distance away from the Masjid Jamek LRT Station. Take a GOKL bus which will drop you right at Merdeka Square. 

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