JAKARTA CITY GUIDE

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WELCOME TO JAKARTA

Jakarta, officially the Jakarta Special Capital Region (Indonesian: Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta) is the capital of Indonesia. It is located on the northwest coast of Java (the most populous island in the world). Jakarta is the center of Indonesia's economy, culture, and politics.

Jakarta is one of the oldest inhabited cities in Southeast Asia. Founded in the 4th century as Sunda Kelapa, the city became an important trading port for the kingdom of Sunda. It used to be the de facto capital of the Dutch East Indies when it was known as Batavia. Jakarta officially became a city in West Java until 1960, when its official status was changed to a province with a special distinction as its capital. As a province, the administration consists of five administrative cities and an administrative district. Jakarta is the alpha city of the world and is the headquarters of the ASEAN Secretariat, making it an important city for international diplomacy.

LAW ENFORCEMENT

The Greater Jakarta Metropolitan Regional Police (Indonesian: Polda Metro Jaya) is the police force responsible for maintaining law, security and order for the Jakarta metropolitan area. It is headed by a two-star Police General (Inspector General of Police) titled "Chief of the Greater Jakarta Regional Police" (Indonesian: Kepala Kepolisian Daerah Metro Jaya for short "Kapolda Metro Jaya").

WELCOME TO JAKARTA

Jakarta, officially the Jakarta Special Capital Region (Indonesian: Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta) is the capital of Indonesia. It is located on the northwest coast of Java (the most populous island in the world). Jakarta is the center of Indonesia's economy, culture, and politics.

Jakarta is one of the oldest inhabited cities in Southeast Asia. Founded in the 4th century as Sunda Kelapa, the city became an important trading port for the kingdom of Sunda. It used to be the de facto capital of the Dutch East Indies when it was known as Batavia. Jakarta officially became a city in West Java until 1960, when its official status was changed to a province with a special distinction as its capital. As a province, the administration consists of five administrative cities and an administrative district. Jakarta is the alpha city of the world and is the headquarters of the ASEAN Secretariat, making it an important city for international diplomacy.

CLIMATE & TIME

CLIMATE

Jakarta has a tropical monsoon (Am) climate according to the Köppen climate classification system. The rainy season in Jakarta covers most of the year, from October to May. The remaining four months (June to September) constitute the driest season in the city (each of these four months has an average monthly rainfall of less than 100 millimeters). Technically, however, only August qualifies as the true dry season month as there is less than 60mm of rain. Located in western Java, Jakarta's rainy season peaks in January and February with an average monthly rainfall of 297.7 millimeters (11.72 inches), and the low dry season is in August with a monthly average of 43.2 mm (1.70 inches).

TIME

Jakarta's standard time is +7 hours ahead of Universal Coordinated Time (UTC) or Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

CUISINE

All kinds of Indonesian dishes are offered in Jakarta. The local cuisine is Betawi cuisine, which reflects different foreign culinary traditions. Betawi cuisine is heavily influenced by Peranakan, Sundanese and Javanese Malaysian-Chinese cuisine, which is also influenced by Indian, Arab and European cuisine. One of the most popular local dishes in Betawi cuisine is Soto Betawi, which is made with pieces of beef and offal in rich and spicy cow's milk or coconut milk broth. Other popular Betawi dishes include soto kaki, nasi uduk, kerak telor (spicy omelet), nasi ulam, asinan, ketoprak, rujak, and Betawi gado-gado (salad with peanut sauce) .

CULTURE

Betawi culture is different from Sundanese or Java culture, which forms a linguistic island in the surrounding language. Betawi arts have a low profile in Jakarta and most Betawi move to the suburbs. The cultures of Java and other Indonesian ethnic groups have a higher profile than Betawi. There is significant Chinese influence on Betawi culture, which is reflected in the popularity of Chinese cakes and sweets, fireworks, and wedding dresses in Betawi that testify to Chinese and Arab influences.

TRANSPORTATION

There are many ways to travel in Jakarta, from using online taxi and motorbike transportation, Bus, Bajaj (Traditional Jakarta Transportation), Commuter Rail Train, and Now also available Jakarta’s Light Rail Transit (LRT) and Mass Rapid Transit (MRT).

Near the Raffles Jakarta campus, there is the MRT train station which is Bundaran HI Station. Through this station you can travel around the city of Jakarta at a very affordable cost. You just have to buy a ticket card or have an e-Money card to get on the MRT.

CITY ATTRACTIONS

Here are some tourist attractions that you can visit in Jakarta for fun:

  • Monas – The National Monument

  • The Thousand Islands

  • TMII – Taman Mini Indonesia Indah

  • DUFAN Amusement Park

  • Ragunan Zoo

  • Kota Tua Old Town Batavia

  • Sunda Kelapa Port

  • Grand Indonesia Shopping Mall

  • And Many More!

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