Like many big cities in the world, Jakarta attracts people to come for various reasons, whether for business or entertainment. Despite the motivation, Jakarta is a vibrant city that never fails to impress travelers through its dynamic life.
Jakarta has always been compared to New York due to the density of its society and it was even given the nickname “The Big Apple of Southeast Asia”. Just like other big cities in the world, Jakarta is a concrete metropolis that attracts many residents from other parts of Indonesia in order to pursue their dream. Not only the residents of Jakarta are relatively open-minded regarding to foreigners, but the mixture of nationalities and ethnicities brings a unique flavour to the city.
Depends on what you are looking, Jakarta’s vibrant life offers travelers plenty of choice of setting up your desired journey. Are you the type of travelers who’re interested in historical discovery? Then places such as Monas (National Museum), Fatahillah Museum and Wayang Museum are certainly worth for your time. Are you more into seeking the fun and adventurous moment of a theme park? Jakarta has Ancol Dreamland and Taman Mini Indonesia Indah that will fulfill your desire in exploring various fantastic amusement parks.
But most of all, Jakarta is also known as the city of thousand malls. If you are really into shopping, you will never run out of world-class mega-malls such as Senayan City, Grand Indonesia, Pacific Place, and Gandaria City. Meanwhile, if you are looking a unique urban experience beyond shopping centers, The ‘Pasars’ (traditional markets) is filled with interesting things to buy and it usually require good bartering skills. In most pasars, you can even buy traditional foods with a price that are much cheaper compared to most of the food in malls or restaurants.