Jakarta got its independence in 1945 from Dutch East India Company. It was recognized with the names as Sunda Kelapa (397-1527), Jayakarta (1527-1619), Batavia (1619-1942) and Djakarta (1942-1972). Known as special province called DKI Jaya that covers an area of 637,44 square km on the Northern Coast of West Java, it is the centre of government, commerce and industry.
Indonesians also have an interesting expression that signifies this “Ibukota lebih kejam dari ibu tiri” literally means “The capital city (Jakarta) is crueler than a stepmother”. This expression is often used as a warning especially for workers from outside Jakarta who width to migrate into the city.With more than 10 million populations, Jakarta is where Indonesia’s many ethnic groups coverage, while through trade and colonization Jakarta also has a meaningful cosmopolitan heritage in buildings and artifacts to trace its long history through our Heritage and Culture. Meanwhile the indigenous Betawi population continues to make their presence felt through language, music, dance and cuisine, blending seamlessly into the modern Indonesian scene.
Jakarta today is the hub and catalyst of Modern Indonesia, it has been growing rapidly ever since it was designated the capital of Indonesia. Jakarta is a megacity of contrast, the traditional and the modern, the rich and the poor.The city of Jakarta offers you a perfect mixture of western architecture and traditional Indonesian with its never stop activities. Jakarta is an ideal place to start your tour for various islands of Indonesia as it is very well connected to major places in South Asia. There is always something happening in Jakarta, welcome to the city that never sleeps!
Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII)
Introduction: The TMII is the impeccable miniature of landscapes and buildings of different styles from 27 Indonesian provinces. Here, you can appreciate Sumatra's tropical scenery and get a view of sublime, quiet, and elegant white temple and the world-famous Barabudur stupa on the Java Island. Also, you can roam about in the "Tropical Virgin Forest" on the Irian Jaya Island where you can have a view of ancient and obsolete canoe, thatched shed made of trunks, and resplendent and shining palace in the coco jungle etc.
The National Monument
Introduction:Located in the downtown, the National Monument (height: 132m) is the highest building in Jakarta, and on its tower top there is a Torch of Freedom made of 35kg gold. If arriving at the tower top by elevator, you will hold high-rise buildings, wide streets, shuttling cars, verdant trees and fresh flowers in a single glance.