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Jan 18, 2022

Jakarta is Indonesia‘s capital and largest city, with about 10 million inhabitants, and totally 30 million in Greater Jakarta on the Java island. Dubbed The Big Durian, an equivalent to New York‘s Big Apple, its concrete jungle, traffic frenzy, and hot polluted air may tempt you to skip the city as fast as possible, but what awaits inside will change your perspective! One of the most bustling and cosmopolitan cities in Asia, the J-Town has cheerful nightlife, vibrant shopping malls, a variety of foods, refreshing greenery, cultural diversity and a rich history, that caters to all levels of budget and how much fun you want to have.

Jakarta is a huge city with several district articles that contain information about specific sights, restaurants, and accommodation.

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Administratively, Jakarta is a province called the Jakarta Special Capital Region (Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta). It is administratively divided into 5 municipalities and 1 regency (the Thousand Islands in the Jakarta Bay):

Districts of Jakarta

  Central Jakarta (Jakarta Pusat)
The heart of Jakarta’s administration, government and finance, an aptly named district and the site of Jakarta’s symbol, the soaring Monas (Monumen Nasional) and also the world’s largest city square “Lapangan Merdeka”. The city is a part of the old Jakarta (Batavia), recognizable by the president’s palace and the National Museum of Indonesia, both built in the 19th century. Now filled with modern high rises for office buildings, hotels, and shopping centers, this is where most of Jakarta’s attractions are, such as the malls, the Tanah Abang garment complex, the Istiqlal mosque, the Cathedral, and the Bung Karno Sports Stadium.
  West Jakarta (Jakarta Barat)
This site is also part of the Old Batavia. It is home to the Glodok area (Jakarta’s Chinatown) which is rich in street hawker food, Chinese restaurants, and temple complexes, and contains Jakarta’s electronic promenade. West Jakarta is also a major destination for shopping, as it is home to a lane of upscale malls at S. Parman and cheap shopping lanes at Mangga Dua. This area is also home to Jakarta’s biggest nightlife entertainment and red light district “Mangga Besar”.
  South Jakarta (Jakarta Selatan)
Jakarta’s middle/upper class residential area, and part of Jakarta’s business center. Here you can find upscale shopping malls, restaurants, hotels, bustling nightlife and entertainment, Blok M, Senayan sports complex, and affluent residential areas. The Kemang area is very popular among expats and locals for its nightlife and entertainment.
  East Jakarta (Jakarta Timur)
The city’s industrial quarter and the most populous city within Jakarta. The location of Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (where you can see parts of Indonesia’s multiethnic community in one big park), some golf courses, Cibubur camping ground, and Jakarta’s second airport, Halim Perdanakusuma Airport.
  North Jakarta (Jakarta Utara)
Jakarta’s main harbor area and the real home of the old Batavia. A small area consisting of Dutch buildings and harbor, its streets are thronged with hawker food, crafted goods, street performers, artists and Jakartan youths hanging around. This is also the location of Ancol Bayfront City, Asia’s largest integrated tourism area. The beautiful Thousand Islands (Kepulauan Seribu), accessible by boat from North Jakarta’s dock, is an instant escape from the hectic city with its beautiful beaches, marine parks, and world-class resorts.

Map of Jakarta

Satellite cities: The Jakarta megalopolis of 30 million inhabitants includes Jakarta and the following satellite cities:

  • Bogor – One of the primary destinations to escape from Jakarta, with well-kept natural habitats, world class botany garden, resorts, and multiple golf courses
  • Tangerang – The airport, many large commercial centres and clustered homes
  • Bekasi – Mostly industrial parks
  • Depok – Home to the University of Indonesia

A common abbreviation to describe the megalopolitan area is Jabodetabek (Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, Bekasi).

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