24 Hours in Jakarta

Getting to know Indonesia’s capital.

You can spend the rest of the afternoon visiting Jakarta’s main city landmarks. The landmarks that first-time tourists usually try to visit are the Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta Cathedral, and the National Monument or Monas.
Located at Jalan Taman Wijaya Kusuma in Central Jakarta, on the north eastern corner of the Merdeka Square, the grand Istiqlal Mosque is the largest mosque in South East Asia both in structure and capacity, as it can accommodate congregations of up to 120,000 people.


 

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Right across the imposing mosque, you can find the Jakarta Cathedral, a Roman Catholic cathedral built in the neo-gothic style.
Meanwhile, the National Monument is a 132-m tower topped with a flame covered with gold foil in the center of Merdeka Square. The monument, which was opened to the public in 1975, was built to commemorate the struggle for Indonesian Independence. The museum provides an amazing view from the top, as well as a large museum in it base with various dioramas that chronicle the history of the country.

 

 

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Kara Santos

Kara Santos is a freelance writer and photographer. When not on the road or motorcycling off somewhere for the weekend, she’s leveling up her experience points in the latest PlayStation RPG. Read about her real-life and virtual adventures on her blog Travel Up.