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  • Monumen Nasional (Monas)
    2.5 stars

    The monument was built to provide Indonesians with a symbol of their struggle for independence from Dutch colonial rule. Construction started in 1961 and took a staggering 14 years to be officially opened. The grounds of Monas can sometimes feel extremely hot during the middle of the day due the ... read more

  • National Museum
    4 stars

    Established in its current form in the middle of the 19th century, the museum displays exhibits from right across nation and includes items from Indonesia's pre-history right through to pieces from the Dutch colonial period. The selection of religious statues on display are particularly interesting ... read more

  • Finance Ministry
    2 stars

    A couple of bright white colonial buildings sit at the eastern end of the field called Lapangan Banteng about a kilometre east of Gereja Katedral and Masjid Istiqlal. These buildings today house the Finance Ministry but were originally commissioned by the Governor-General in 1809 for purposes ... read more

  • Museum Wayang
    4 stars

    Wayang is a type of puppet which has played an important role in Indonesia's history with the artform primarily being used to pass stories from generation to generation. Displayed in Museum Wayang are two styles of wayang – golek, a three-dimensional style usually made from wood and ... read more

  • Gereja Katedral and Masjid Istiqlal
    3.5 stars

    Completed in 1901, Gereja Katedral is a spectacular Catholic cathedral which is open to the public for prayer and meditation throughout the day. Inside, the vast interior opens up to towering ceilings of draw dropping beauty and row upon row of basic wooden pews. Most people will want to snag a few ... read more

  • Fine Art and Ceramic Museum
    3 stars

    The building itself is a fine example of Dutch colonial architecture and is worth more than just a cursory glance, but the contents of the museum are likely only going to appeal to art buffs rather than a general audience. The feel of this museum is completely different to the others nearby and ... read more

  • Gedung Kesenian
    3.5 stars

    Of most interest to foreign visitors will be the occasional Indonesian cultural performance such as gamelan from Solo or puppetry from Yogyakarta. Performances aside, the building is a fantastic example of old Dutch colonial architecture. Built in 1821, the interior of the theatre still retains ... read more

  • Museum Bahari
    4 stars

    It's a simple museum housed in three old buildings built in the 1600s originally to hold spices, coffee and textiles; they still retain much of their original structure such as the massive wooden beams. However, regular flooding of this area of town means that some of the structures are ... read more

  • Kota Tua
    3.5 stars

    Old City, as the Indonesian translation goes, is the location of the original Batavia which was developed during the 1600s. The main attraction in these parts is the architecture and a few old museums, but sadly none of this is really impressive until you reach the centre of the district. In ... read more

  • Jakarta History Museum
    3.5 stars

    Most of the items are in the form of old furniture and some of it is truly stunning, such as old cabinets and mantelpieces, and it's definitely worth a look through. You'll more than likely find groups of teenagers hanging out in here taking photos of each other, so don't be surprised when they ... read more

  • Sunda Kelapa
    2.5 stars

    Sunda Kelapa is the original name given to the port by the Sunda kingdom, which primarily used this port for the shipping of spices to major trading partners across the region. Over the course of its history, the port has been conquered and reconquered numerous times by those wishing to control the ... read more

  • Gereja Sion
    3.5 stars

    It was established by the Dutch as a place to preach to predominantly Catholic slaves of former Portuguese colonies who were brought from other parts of Asia upon the downfall of the Portuguese empire. Those interested in old buildings will get joy from peering inside the church to see old ... read more

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