Interesting Places in Jakarta and West Java
Here are some interesting places you might like.
Kebun Raya Bogor (Bogor Botanical Gardens)
Bogor Botanical Gardens is the best botanical garden in the South East Asia, covering an area of 87 hectares and has 15000 collection of trees & plants. One of the most famous flowers in the garden is Amorphophalus Titanium. The flower originated from Pagar Alam, Sumatra. It is 2 meters in height and blooms only once in 2 till 5 years. The latest flowering events took place in 2017. The other famous collections are the giant bamboo, the giant kenari babi tree, iron tree, orchids, sausage tree, tarzan tree, giant lily ponds, etc.
The garden opens from 08.00 – 17.00 everyday (08.00 – 17.00 on Friday), with ticket fees:
- Rp. 15,000/person. For foreigner: Rp. 25,000/person
- Rp. 30,000/car
Official website: http://www.bogorbotanicgardens.org
Taman Safari Indonesia
Taman Safari offering adventurous tour in a jungle with a large collection of worldwide wildlife without cages. So, we can see & learn about animals from around the world in their habitats. The animals will also entertain you with circus & educational shows. In the jungle, you will also find an amusement park containing water park, jet coaster, restaurant, etc. It's great for family tour.
- Ticket Fees:
- Six years & Older: Rp. 300,000 (Rp. 150,000 for domestic visitor)
- Five years & Under: Rp. 250,000
- Car: Rp. 15,000
Official website: http://www.bogor.tamansafari.com/
Puncak is a highland area located in the borderline between Bogor & Cianjur. In this area, you will see an extend of large beautiful tea plantation. Actually, the desired things are not only about the beautiful landmark with the cool atmosphere, but there are also so many great things, activities, & places in here: tea walk, Talaga Warna (colored lake), paragliding, riding horse, resorts, etc.
With so many tourists from Jakarta in the weekend & holidays resulting in the long hours jam, local government implementing the one way system from & to Puncak. On Saturday, 09.00AM – 11.00AM, one way from Ciawi to Puncak; 15.00PM – 17.00PM, one way from Puncak to Ciawi. On Sunday, 09.00AM – 11.00AM, one way from Ciawi to Puncak; 15.00PM – 18.00PM, one way from Puncak to Ciawi. So, it is advisable for you to visit Puncak in the weekdays.
Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII)
If you want to learn all about Indonesian culture in one place, then TMII is the right place. It is like the miniature of Indonesia. Although it is a miniature, it covers an area of more than 150 hectares.
Official website: http://www.tamanmini.com
Old Town Batavia
If you want to learn about the history of Jakarta and see what Jakarta looks like in the Dutch colonial period, then you need to visit Old Town Batavia. On the area, you can see some old buildings, museums, old harbour, drawbridge, etc.
Long time ago, before Dutch came to Indonesia, there was the most important port in Java. It was named Sunda Kelapa port and was part of Sundanese Kingdom which has the capital in Pakuan (now Bogor), and was secured by Portuguese which has an agreement with the Kingdom to give them authority on the port. On 22nd of June 1527, Demak Sultanate in Central Java sent Fatahillah to attack and acquired the port. Fatahillah won and changed the name into Jayakarta that means ‘win’ or ‘glorious city’. That is why people and government celebrate Jakarta anniversary every 22nd of June.
In 1619 Dutch East Indies Company (VOC) lead by Jan Pieterszoon Coen attacked and destroyed the area. Then, he built a town and renamed Jayakarta into Batavia. He built a city hall and a square in front of the hall. After Indonesia Independence Day, 17th of August 1945, the city was renamed back to Jakarta, a short name of Jayakarta; but the specific area was named the old town (in Indonesia: Kota Tua). The port was also renamed back to Sunda Kelapa port.
Monument National (Monas)
Monas is is the national monument built by Mr. Soekarno, the first President, to commemorate the struggle for Indonesian independence. It was the highest tower in Indonesia. It is located at Freedom square in the central of Jakarta. The shape of the tower is representing Indonesia culture or traditional tools: mortar & pestle. The 132 meter tall marble obelisk is topped with a flame coated with 35kg of gold. The flame, which has 17 meters in height & 6 meters in diameter, symbolizing a never extinguished spirit of Indonesian people. You could reach the top of the tower, just below the flame, by elevator. But, sadly there is only one elevator caused long queue everyday. On the top, you can see the view of Jakarta city.
This dreamland is located on the north of Jakarta. Here you will find a wide range of attractions and recreational parks including Dunia Fantasi (Fantasy World), SeaWorld, beaches, Atlantis Water Adventure, Pasar Seni (art market), golf course, seaport to go to Thousand islands, etc. The video below shows you the warmth of this big amusement park.
Official website: http://www.ancol.com/
Galeri Nasional (National Gallery)
This is a nice place for art lovers. The museum collects & shows many art masterpieces including paintings, sketches, photography, carvings, etc. from Indonesia and other countries. It is located on the heart of Jakarta.
Kawah Putih (White Crater)
This gorgeous crater lake natural created in a volcanic crater is located 50 km from Bandung city. The Kawah Putih Lake consists of one of the two lakes which are part of Mount Patuha, a volcanic mountain, but it has not seen any major volcanic activity since 1600. The color of the water is a striking shade of blue and when the weather is cloudy, the whole area is shrouded in mist which gives it a mysterious appearance. It will take you around two hours to reach this place from the center of Bandung.
Lake Patenggang, Ciwidey
This scenic and romantic spot is a two-hour drive from Bandung but not far from Kawah Putih and is located around 1,600 m above the sea level. The lake is surrounded by beautiful tea gardens and green hills. There is a small island in the middle of the lake called Sasuka and visitors can also hire boats to explore the serene lake and the nearby areas.
Tangkuban Parahu Volcano
The name literally means ‘upturned boat’ in the local language, based on the legend behind its creation. This dormant volcano is located 30 km north of Bandung, where tourists can hike among the scenic trails to the edge of the crater or ride up to the location to enjoy the hot water springs or view the boiling hot mud. You can even buy eggs which have been cooked on the hot surface there, although it is better to do research on whether there has been any alert on the volcanic activity which may prevent visitors from going up the volcano.
- Ticket fees:
- Monday to Friday: Rp. 200,000
- Weekend and holiday: Rp. 300,000
Trans Studio Bandung
Trans Studio Bandung is an indoor theme park, great for family entertainment. Adults and children would enjoy many rides & stage performance in the park including roller coaster, car racing, science center, giant swing, 4D theatre, etc. It is an indoor amusement park with air-condition, so don't worry about sweat and rain.
- Ticket Fees:
- Monday to Friday: Rp. 150,000
- Weekend and holiday: Rp. 250,000
- Additional charge for VIP Access: Rp. 250,000
Saung Angklung Udjo
If you want to know more about Sundanese or local art and culture, you should try visiting this place. This center was established by Udjo Ngalagena and his wife Uum Sumiati in 1966, primarily to make people aware of the different handicrafts, musical instruments, traditions and performing arts of this part of the country. It also serves as an education and learning center for people who want to know more about the traditional bamboo artifacts and instruments. Visitors who come here can enjoy shows by the local artists performing Mask Dances or puppet shows, among many others, and also buy a wide range of bamboo products made in the workshop.
NuArt Sculpture Park
I Nyoman Nuarta, an award-winning artist, found his own sculpture art, NuArt, on 2000. Most of his work are made of copper and brass. The park is open for public daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Once you arrived at the park, you will feel an artsy ambiance with cool atmosphere because the park is surrounded by lots of trees.
Bandung is also well-known as Shopping City. In the city you’ll find many factory outlets and distros. In Bandung, factory outlet means a store selling overruns and export leftovers at cheap prices. There are many brands for sale: Eddie Bauer, Nautica, Elle, Hugo Boss, Levi’s, DKNY, Espirit, Calvin Klein, Armani, Crocodile, Nike, Reebok, Gap, Banana Republic, Guess, Tommy Hilfiger, Polo Ralph Laurent, Adidas, Puma, J. Crew, Allure, Benetton, Cerruti 1881, Victoria’s Secret, NY & Company, The Executive, Old Navy, Hush Puppy, Versache, Cherokee, Zara, etc. The factory outlets is now become a big industry in Bandung. Some FOs do not only sell original brands from the factories, but they also make fashion products locally to be sold at the outlets. So be careful to identity fake products before you buy them. If you want to shop, my recommendations are: Rumah Mode, Polo Ralph Laurent, Grande, Cascade, Heritage, DSE, Toko Tiga, and Paberik Badjoe. There are four main streets in Bandung where you can find a lots of FOs: Setiabudhi street, Dago street (Ir. H. Djuanda), Cihampelas street, and Riau street (R.E. Martadinata). If you don’t want to hunt famous brands, you can try to shop at some distros (distribution outlets). At distros, you’ll find many local brands clothes and t-shirt (especially for young people) produced by some small scaled industries in Bandung. Most of distress located on Trunojoyo street.