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Five Must-see Places in Jakarta

Jakarta is a place of great interest for the eager traveller or tourist. It is full of wonderful sightseeing attractions, malls and cobbled alleys which throw up plenty of opportunities to indulge in the nightlife and street food culture.

The capital city of Indonesia is known to attract several thousand tourists, who come away from the island with beautiful memories of travel and its one-of-a-kind experiences.

Here are the five must-see places in Jakarta.

Fatahillah Square

Fatahillah Square - Five Must-see Places in Jakarta

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The Fatahillah Square, also known as the Taman Fatahillah or Old Batavia, is a historical district of Jakarta located in Kotas. It houses some of the most well-preserved and imposing buildings of that era, such as the Jakarta History Museum, Colonial buildings, the Wayang Museum, Si Jagur and the Great Canal.

Jakarta History Museum

Places to Visit in Jakarta - Jakarta History Museum

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The Jakarta History Museum, also known as Fatahillah Museum or Batavia Museum, is located in Kota, the Old Town of Jakarta, Indonesia. It has a wide collection of around 23,500 objects from the Dutch East Indies Company, historic maps, paintings, ceramics, furniture, and archeological objects from the prehistoric era.

Istiqlal Mosque

Five Must-see Places in Jakarta - Istiqlal Mosque

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The Istiqlal Mosque is the largest mosque in Southeast Asia. Its imposing, overpowering structure and beautiful architecture has made it a major tourist attraction in Indonesia.

Ragunan Zoo

Ragunan Zoo - Places to Visit in Jakarta

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Ragunan or Jakarta zoo in South Jakarta, laid out in a lush tropical setting, houses indigenous animals such as the Komodo lizard, tapir, Javanese tiger, Banteng, wild ox and brightly colored birds in open green foliage. Endangered species such as the Sumatran tiger, Komodo dragon, dwarf buffalo and bird of paradise are also found in this zoo.

Monas

Monas - Must-see Places in Jakarta

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Indonesia’s National Monument or Monas is a monument built to remember the struggle of Indonesian heroes fighting the colonial domination. The top of Monas is shaped like a flame, symbolizing a never extinguished spirit of Indonesian people.

These spots hold much fascination, making Jakarta itself a must-visit destination in Southeast Asia.

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