Faces of Indonesia


Contemporary and dynamic, Jakarta is Indonesia's capital, the cosmopolitan heart of a growing economic power. But Jakarta is also one of Asia's oldest cities, for centuries an important crossroad of commerce and a centre of political influence. The city was originally Sunda Kelapa, a trading port at the mouth of a major river leading from the populated highlands. Renamed Jayakarta - 'glorious victory' -when conquered by a neighbouring coastal state, this settlement attracted the attention of the Dutch who were looking to consolidate their monopoly of the spice trade. The Dutch soon conquered the settlement, renaming it Batavia and establishing an important way station on the long haul between the Spice Islands of the eastern archipelago and Europe.

This commercial and military stronghold attracted settlers from throughout Asia. Indonesia declared independence from the Dutch in 1945. Now, as the Indonesian economy booms, Jakarta is once again attracting fortune seekers from around the world, giving rise to the complex polyglot culture of this fascinating city. The National Monument (MONAS), with its pure gold flame, is the symbolic hub of Jakarta. Built in the Soekarno era in the afterglow of Independence, it rises above the clamour and congestion of the city into the unbounded skies, capturing the aspirations and dynamism of a newly emerging nation.

The harbour area, with the remains of old Sunda Kelapa located at the mouth of the Ciliwung River, is the location for standard sightseeing. Though the main harbour has moved several kilometres east to Tanjung Priok, Sunda Kelapa is still a major port of call to sight the remnants of the once great sailing fleet that connected the remote islands of the archipelago.

A short walk to the south, the city Centre of old Batavia, Taman Fatahillah, has been converted into a museum complex showcasing both the history of Jakarta and the aspects of Java's sophisticated artistic culture. As a break from the sombre didacticism of the museums, Cafe Batavia, a faithful reproduction of a 1930s chic cafe, has become a popular Jakarta nightspot, open 24 hours. Continuing southward, Jakarta becomes a city of spacious, traffic-choked boulevards and striking monuments.

The best way for short-stay visitors to appreciate Jakarta's many attractions is to take a city tour; longer staying guests will also benefit from a quick orientation before setting out to discover Jakarta's idiosyncratic charms in detail.

Where to Eat

Jakarta offers a glorious melange of cuisine. Settlers and visitors through the centuries have left a culinary legacy of astounding variety; a delicate blending of Chinese, Arabic, Dutch and native Javanese cooking. Dining experiences range from hearty plantation feasts in recreated colonial splendour to simple, delicious snacks in roadside stalls. All five-star hotels offer top-quality continental or oriental food in their grill rooms. More local flavour is available at the Café Batavia, a recreated 1930s café, or the Oasis Restaurant, which serves a modern version of the 20-course rijsttafel banquets beloved by Dutch colonials. Chinese restaurants such as the Nyun Yen and Ratu Bahari serve superb seafood dishes in cavernous dining rooms. For authentic Indonesian food, the Sarinah Food Court consists of two dozen-food stalls serving local cuisine in air-conditioned comfort.

Clipper’s American Seafood
Wisma Kyoei lt. 26
Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 3
Jakarta 10220
Phone: (021) 5723288
Country Kitchen
JL. Arteri Pondok Indah
Jakarta Selatan
Phone: (021) 7397086
Shangri- La Jakarta
Kota BNI
Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 1
Jakarta 10220
Phone: 557007440 Ext.6400
CARL’S Jr Restaurant
Jakarta Stock Exchange Building
1st Floor
Jl. Jenderal Sudirman Kav 52-53
Jakarta 12910
Phone: 5151675, 5153172, 5151674
Mario's Place
Ground Floor,Menteng Plaza
Phone: 3917301
Forum Shark's Fin & Seafood
Mulia Tower Lt-03
JL. Gatot Subroto Kav. 9-11
Phone: (021) 5257310
Golden Island Bird's Nest Chiu-Chau
BRI Center Park
JL. Jend. Sudirman Kav 44-46
Phone: (021) 5713388
Ming Seafood
Gedung Setiabudi I, Lt. I Blok B1-8
JL. Rasuna Said Kav.62
Jakarta Selatan
Phone: (021) 5210505
Summer Palace
Gedung Tedja Buana Lt. 7
Jl. Menteng Raya No.29
Jakarta Pusat
Phone: (021) 3142970
Mangkok Putih
JL. Lamandau 18
Kebayoran Baru
Phone: (021) 7237948
Marquee Menara BNI Lt. 32
JL. Jend. Sudirman Kav.1
Jakarta Pusat
Phone: (021) 5701813
Red Lobster
Wisma Metropolitan II, Lt.16
JL. Jend. Sudirman Kav.31
Jakarta Pusat 12929
Phone: (021) 5711659
Pete's Tavern
Plaza ATD, Basement
JL. M.H. Thamrin Kav.3
Jakarta Pusat
Phone: (021) 6012944
JL. Raden Saleh No.47
Jakarta 10330
Phone: (021) 3150646
Cappellini Cafe & Pub Gedung BRI Center Park Lt.9
JL Jend. Sudirman Kav.44-46
Jakarta Selatan
Phone: (021) 5713411
Hotel Sahid Jaya & Tower Ground Floor
JL. Jend. Sudirman
Jakarta Pusat
Phone: (021) 5700723
The Aryaduta Jakarta
Main Lobby Floor
JL. Prapatan 44 48,
Jakarta Pusat
Phone: (021) 3844825
Le Matsuzaka Grilled Steak House
Gedung BRI II Center Park Lt.9
JL. Jend. Sudirman Kav.44-46
Jakarta Selatan Phone: (021) 5713295
Restaurant Suntory
BCD Tower Lt, 20
JL. Jend. Sudirman Kav.26
Jakarta 12920
Phone: (021) 2506201
Kirishfina Atria Square
Standard Chartered Bank
JL. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 33A LT.25,
Jakarta 10220
Phone: (021) 5704851
Zigolini Italian
Mandarin Oriental
JL. M.H. Thamrin
Jakarta 10310
Phone: (021) 3141307
Va Bene
Mulia Tower
JL. Jend. Gatot Subroto Kav.9-11
Lower Ground 9
Jakarta 12930
Phone: (021) 5222550
Cafe Mareo
Wisma Metropolitan I Top Floor
JL. Jend. Sudirman Kav.29
Jakarta Selatan
Phone: (021) 5254736
II Punto
Lobby World Trade Centre
JL. Jend. Sudirman Kav.29-31
Jakarta 12920
Phone: (021) 5211818
Taman Ria Senayan,
Jalan Gerbang Pemuda
Phone (021) 251 1990
Anai Restuarant
Jalan Letjen S,Parman Kav. 93-94
Slipi, Jakarta 11420
Phone: (021) 5696 0888
Waroeng Kemang
Jalan Kemang Raya, No. 12-16A
Phone (021) 719 0371-74
GF Landmark Centre,
Jalan Sudirman no.1
Phone (021) 574 9025
Bebek Bali
Taman Ria Senayan
Jalan Gerbang Pemuda
Phone (021) 574 7224
Jalan Kemang Raya 9i
Phone (021) 7193826

Getting Around

By Air:
Flights between Jakarta and all major towns are frequent, departing at least once a day. However, flights between two provincial destinations can be infrequent or non-existent. All flight services in Java are made by late-model jet or turbo-prop.

Air Travel
Thai Airways
Phone (021) 330 943
Singapore Airlines Phone
(021)520 6933
Garuda Airlines
Phone (021)2300925
Cathay Pacific
Phone (021) 5151747

By Rail:
Train services are available throughout Java, a more scenic alternative to flying. Fast, comfortable trains run from Jakarta through Yogyakarta to Surabaya and along the northern route through Semarang to Surabaya. Most trains between major destination offer first or executive class service, which includes air-conditioning, airline-style seats and complimentary beverage and meal service. Contact your nearest station for travel details.

By Buses and Other Public Transport:
A dense network of bus routes serves Jakarta. Air-conditioned express buses link all major cities. Several tour operators offer all-inclusive overland excursions to all major tourist destinations in Java.
Jakarta’s public transport systems are over-loaded and often uncomfortable. Air-conditioned Patas buses offer an express service with no standing passengers allowed. Otherwise buses are better avoided. The Bajaj is an orange coloured, three-wheeled vehicle, which serves short distance runs within limited areas. Fares are negotiated before the journey.

Bus Services
Lorena - Karina
JL. K.H. Hasyim Ashari
No. 15C Jakarta 10130
Phone (021) 634-1166;
PT Suryaputra Adipradana
Pusat Niaga Roxy Mas
Blok C3/No. 1-2-3
Phone: (021) 633-0161
JL. Letjen. T.B. Simatupang
Stadion Sanggraha Pelita Jaya,
Jakarta Selatan
Phone: (021) 750-8323
JL. Raya Pondok Kelapa No. 86
Jakarta Timur
Phone: (021)864-9846

Car Rental:
Chauffeur-driven rented cars are available in all large towns. Self-driven vehicles are also available, though not recommended, for intricate travel. Established taxi services and car rental companies offer fixed rates for hourly or specific routes. If you choose to drive your self, a valid International Driving License is required. Most International road conventions are observed in Jakarta, although right-of-way tends to go to the larger vehicle and turns are not always signalled. Remember to drive on the left and overtake only on the right. Turning left at a red light is allowed only when indicated. Do not expect other drivers to obey traffic laws or conventions, including traffic lights.
Car Rental
Toyota Rent a Car
Phone: (021) 5735757
(021) 8302000
(021) 7505363
Jakarta Rent a Car
Phone: (021)7505304
0816 1822229
CBP Rent a Car
Phone (021) 794 0767
KMA Cars
Phone (021) 7509448

Taxis are plentiful and comparatively cheap in Jakarta. Most are air-conditioned. Make sure the driver is willing to use the metre. If not, get out and find another taxi. Blue bird Taxi Company also offers a superior taxi service called Silverbird, and the Golden Bird limousine service.

Taxi Companies
Silver Bird
Phone (021) 794234
Blue Bird Phone
(021) 7941234
798 1234
Golden Bird
Phone (021)794 444
Phone (021) 845 9797

Most large hotels operate free shuttles from Soekarno – Hatta airport. Buses and Taxis are also available. Bluebird and Silverbird have a Taxi reservation stand inside the international arrival hall. Otherwise take a metre taxi from the stand outside. An airport surcharge, plus toll road fees will be added to the metre fare.

Where to Stay

Jakarta is a modern city with facilities for travellers of every budget and preference. Top-of-the-market Jakarta hotels are managed by the standard international chains including Hilton, Regent and Hyatt, or by regional and local chains such as Sahid, Shangri-La, Hotel Indonesia International and Mandarin Oriental. Mid-market chain such as Ibis and Holiday Inn, and local private hotels like the Kartika Plaza or Hotel Sabang offer good value for money. Large residences converted into European-style mansions, which go by the name of guesthouses in Jakarta, can be a pleasant and much cheaper alternative to standard hotels.
Five Star (Diamond)
Jakarta Hilton International
Jl. Gatot Subroto
PO. Box. 3315 Jakarta Selatan
Phone: (021) 5703600
Fax: (021) 5733089, 5733091
Rooms: 1130
Class: ***** (Diamond)
Grand Hyatt Jakarta Hotel
4th floor Plaza Indonesia
Jl. MH. Thamrin 28-30
PO.Box. 4546
Jakarta 19239
Phone: (62)(21) 3901234, 3107400
Fax: (62)(21) 3906426, 334321
Rooms: 450
Class: ***** (Diamond)
Aryaduta Jakarta Hotel
Jl. Prapatan 44-46
Jakarta Pusat
Phone: (021) 2311234, 3861234
Fax: (021) 3809900, 349836
Rooms: 340
Class: ***** (Diamond)
Sahid Jaya Hotel
Jl. Jend. Sudirman 86
PO. Box 41 Jakarta 10220
Phone: (021) 5704444
Fax: (021) 5702208, 5733168
Rooms: 750
Class: ***** (Diamond)
Five Star
Indonesia Hotel
JL. MH. Thamrin
Jakarta 10310
Phone: (021) 2301008, 3140008
Fax: (021) 3141508, 2301007
Rooms: 582
Class: *****
Le Meridien Jakarta Hotel
JL. Jend. Sudirman kav. 18-20
Jakarta 10220
Phone: (021) 2513131, 5711414
Fax: (021) 5711683
Rooms: 267
C1ass: *****
Mandarin Oriental Hotel
JL. MH. Thamrin
PO. Box 3392
Jakarta 10310
Phone: (021) 3141307, 321307
Fax: (021) 5738724, 3148679
Rooms: 455
Class: *****
Sangri-La Hotel
Jl. Infeksi Jakarta
Telp. 5707440
Fax. 5702657
Class: *****
Regent Jakarta Hotel
JL. H.R Rasuna Said
Jakarta 12920
Phone: (021) 2523456
Fax: (021) 2524480
Rooms: 378
Class: *****
Three Star
Atlit Century Park Hotel
Jl. Pintu I Senayan
Jakarta 10270
Phone: (021) 5712041
Fax: (021) 5712124
Telex: 65039 CENPAR IA
Class: ***
Betawi Sofyan Hotel
Jl. Cut Mutiah
Jakarta Pusat
Phone: (021) 3905011
Rooms: 69
Class: ***
Cikini Sofyan Hotel
Jl. Cikini Raya 79
Jakarta 10330
Phone: (021) 3140695, 3100304
Fax: (021) 3100432
Telex: 61429 SOFYAN IA
Rooms: 115
Class: ***
Alpine Hotel
Jl. Gunung Sahari Raya 35
Jakarta 10730
Phone: (021) 6263833
Fax: (021) 6263832
Rooms: 108
C1ass: ***
Ambhara Hotel
Jl. Iskandarsyah Raya No. 1
Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta 12160
Phone: (021) 7396759
Fax: (021) 7220582,2700702
Rooms: 227
Class: ***
One Star
Indra International Hotel
Jl. KH. Wahid Hasyim 63
PO. Box 2047 JKT Jakarta Pusat
Phone: (021) 334556, 337432
Rooms: 26
Class: *
New Melati Hotel
JL. Hayam Wuruk No.1
Jakarta Pusat
Phone: (021) 377208, 361168
Fax: (021) 360526, 3860826
Rooms: 60
Class: *
Nusantara Hotel
JL. KH. Mas Mansyur No.36
Jakarta Pusat
Phone: (021) 3140307, 320307
Fax: (021) 327083
Rooms: 53
Class: *
Pasar Baru Hotel
Jl. Pasar Baru Selatan No.6
Jakarta Pusat
Phone: (021) 366474, 3450280
Fax: (021) 3853843
Rooms: 100
Class: *
Prapanca Hotel
JL. Prapanca Raya 30-31
Jakarta Selatan
Phone: (021) 7262603,7208034
Fax: (021) 7395036
Rooms: 29
Class: *


The Marina Jaya Ancol
This is a special port for yachts, motor and sailboats to Pulau Seribu. This is also the place for marine recreation: jet skis canoes, sailboats, wind surfers and fishing gear are all for hire here. Stalls along the beach serve drinks and snacks while tents are available for sunbathers and sea-lovers.

Wind Surfing and Sailing at Ancol Dreamland
Jakarta’s all-in-one recreation park located on the waterfront in north Jakarta,features a selection of cultural performances, a fun park (Dunia Fantasi), an art market, golf course, restaurants, a marina, discos and an oceanarium. Ancol is also home to the city’s only appreciable beachfront, and options like windsurfing and sailing are available at the Horison Hotel. Dunia Fantasi is open Monday to Saturday 2.00 p.m. until 9.00 p.m. and Sunday 10.00 p.m. until 9.00 p.m. (tends to be crowded on Sundays). The main gate to the Ancol complex is open 24 hours.

Diving and Snorkelling at Pulau Seribu
The Thousand Islands (Pulau Seribu) lie in the South China Sea, around three hours by jet boat from Jakarta’s Marina Ancol. Diving and snorkelling are probably the most popular attractions at the islands, followed by lounging around on the beach with a refreshing drink in hand, of course. Accommodation on the islands ranges from air-conditioned resorts to thatched-roof bungalows or you can camp under the stars. All arrangements for such a trip can be made through any Jakarta travel agent.

PULAU PUTRI PT. Buana Bintang Samudra JL. Sultan Agung 21Jakarta 12980
PULAU PELANGI PT. Pulau Seribu Paradise JL. Wahid Hasyim 69 Jakarta 10350
PULAU MATAHARI PT. Jakarta International Hotel Management Hotel Borobudur Inter-Cont' Suite 103 JL. Lapangan Banteng SelatanJakarta 10710
PULAU BIDADARI Marina Ancol   Taman Impian Jaya Ancol Jakarta 14430 Telex. 42843 TIJA
PULAU AYER PT. Sarotama Prima Perkasa JL. Ir. H. Juanda III/6 Jakarta 10120TLL 45578 ASTEN
PULAU KOTOK Kotok Island Resort Duta Merlin Shopping Arcade 3rd floor JL. Gajah Mada 3-5 Jakarta 10130Tlx. 46035 MERLIN
PULAU SEPA PT. Pulau Sepa Permai JL. Kali Besar Barat 29 2nd floorJakarta 11230
PULAU LAKI PT. Fadent Gema Scorpio Wisma Fadent JL. HOS Cokroaminoto 116 Jakarta 10310
The Jakarta Convention Centre (JCC)
This Convention Centre can accommodate three conferences and three public functions simultaneously. The main hall has a seating capacity of 3300, and is equipped with a giant video-wall, and a hi-tech lighting and sound system. It has a VIP lounge, a speaker's waiting room, 3 boardrooms, 3 meeting rooms, 10 translation booths, and an administration office. The Exhibition Hall measures 6,120 square metres with a 14-foot ceiling and 350 square metre lobby. The ballroom can seat 3.000 or can be divided into 3 separate areas for 1000 persons each. There are 7 multi-function-meeting rooms, which can seat 220 people each. The main lobby can be utilised as a pre-cocktail area or for a coffee break for 3.500 persons. The car park can accommodate 10.000 cars.

Jakarta is filled with shopping centers, catering for both the haute couture clothes enthusiast and for the hard-core artifact hunter, bargaining for antiques. While these are too numerous to all show, here is some information on shopping in Jakarta.

Shopping Centres & Supermarkets
Aldiron Plaza
Jl. Melawai, Blok M
Kebayoran Baru
Blok M Plaza
JL. Bulungan No.76
Kebayoran Baru
Phone: (021) 7209324
Duta Merlin
Jl. Gajah Mada 3-5
Gajah Mada Plaza
JL. Gajah Mada
JL. Senen Raya
Antiques and Curios
Djody Art & Curious
Jl. Kebon Sirih Timur Dalam
Phone: (021) 327730
NV Lee Cheong
Jl. Majapahit 32
Phone: (021) 348570
Nasrun Antique Art & Curios
Jl. Kebon Sirih Timur Dalam 37-39
Phone: (021) 326719
Toko Serba Antik
Jl. Pintu Air Raya 45
Phone: (021) 361857
Garuda Arts and Curious
Jl. Majapahit 12
Phone: (021) 342712
Golf Courses
Halim Golf Club
Jl. Skwadron
Halim Perdana Kusumah
Jakarta Timur
Phone: Halim I - (021) 8080697
Halim II (021) 8090729
Head Office – (021) 8090723
Fatmawati Golf Course Kompleks R.S. Fatmawati
Cilandak Barat
Jakarta Selatan 12430
Phone: (021) 7696867
Pondok Indah Golf and Country Club
Jl. Metro Kebayoran Baru
Jakarta Selatan
Phone: (021) 7464906
Senayan Golf Club
Jl. Asia Africa, pintu 9
Jakarta Pusat
Phone: (0221) 5710181, 5710182
Fax: (021) 571018
Jakarta Golf Club
Jalan Rawamangun Muka Raya
Jakarta 13320
Phone: (021) 4891208, 4985107
Fax: (021) 4895298


Wayang Orang (Dance Drama)
Performance of the Javanese Wayang Wong or Wayang Orang dance drama can be seen every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evening at the Bharata Theatre starting at 8.15 p.m. And lasting till about midnight. The stories of the Wayang Wong usually relate episode of the Mahabharata and Ramayana Hindu Epics.

Ketoprak Dance
An offshoot of the Wayang Wong dance drama is the modern popular Javanese theatre, which takes its stories from popular folk legends and from history. Like the Wayang Wong, the Ketoprak show is accompanied by gamelan music but is simpler in costumes and dialogue. Performances can be seen in Jakarta at the Bharata Theatre every Monday and Thursday evening, beginning at 8.00 p.m.

Traditional Indonesian Dances
Performances of traditional Indonesian dances from the various regions are staged in Jakarta at Taman Mini (Indonesia in Miniature Park) every Sunday from 9.00 to 14.00 p.m. and at the Ancol Art Market every Saturday evening or Sunday morning.

Wayang Kulit (Leather Puppet Shadow Play)
Wayang Kulit (Leather Puppet) shows are performed every second and last Saturday night of the month at the Central Museum in Jakarta. Abbreviated versions, lasting for about an hour, are also presented every Sunday morning at the Wayang Museum Fatahillah Square in downtown Jakarta.

Gamelan Music
Every Sunday morning Sundanese gamelan music of West Java is presented at the Central Museum in Jakarta.

Pameran Seni Rupa (Art Exhibition)
Permanent exhibitions at Balai Seni Rupa, Jl. Taman Fatahillah Jakarta, open daily.

Underwater Tunnel at Sea World
Stroll through Freshwater World and Microworld. See the beautiful tropical fish and coral reefs. Get friendly with marine life at the Touch Pool. A theatre screens movies about underwater world and a must is the Antasena Tunnel, a walk through an acrylic tube that gives first hand experience of life under the sea. Open every day from 9.00 am until 8.00 p.m.

Wild Safari Park at Taman Safari
High in the mountains on the way to Puncak (75 km Southeast of Jakarta along the Jakarta-Bandung route) sprawls Taman Safari, a drive-through nature park that allows visitors to mingle with everything from docile llamas, anoas, giraffes, European, American, Asian bears to savage Sumatran tigers, and a rare glimpse of Java’s white rhino. Adjacent to the park are recreational grounds with swimming pool, tennis courts, an artificial lake, waterfall and children’s playground and amusement park. There are also restaurants and cafeterias.

Taman Mini Indonesia Indah
Beautiful Indonesia in Miniature Park, IMAX theatre, Bird Park and Handicraft Museum at Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII) Only 15 minutes from the city centre by toll road, the ‘Beautiful Indonesia in Miniature Park’ is the perfect venue for time-conscious explorers. Pavilions representing each of Indonesia’s provinces provide a glimpse of the art and architecture of the archipelago’s diverse ethnic mosaic. There is also an IMAX theatre, bird park and handicraft museums. You can enjoy the whole of Indonesia at a single location, with dance and music performances on Sunday.

The Fish Market
Old Fish Market and Bugis Schooners at Sunda Kelapa, also known as Pasar Ikan (Fish Market), is located in the far north of the city at the mouth of the Ciliwung river. This is where the Portuguese traded with the Hindu Kingdom of Pajajaran in the early 16th century. The fish catch of the day was auctioned in the early morning at the old fish market. The street leading to it was lined with shops selling all sort of shells, dehydrated turtles, lobsters and everything else the seafarer might need.Sunda Kelapa is at present a fisherman's wharf and an inter-island port. Tall masted Bugis Schooners from South Sulawesi anchoring there offer one of the finest sights Jakarta has to offer. They belong to one of the last fleets of sailboats in the world and still ply the seas between the islands, as they did centuries ago, carrying merchandise.

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