Why Should You visit Jakarta?May 6, 2006
Indonesia has a very diverse life styles. There are many rich people, and at the same time there are poor people too. In big cities, like Jakarta, you will find big houses which may be more expensive than houses in Beverly Hills. (The land itself is so expensive, as if there is gold underneath.) In slum areas, you will see homeless people live on the street. In street intersection you will see beggars going from car to car begging for money.Most brochures talk about the beauty of Indonesia. This site will document everything; the good, the bad, and the ugly. You deserve the truth.
In this new update I add more good things about Indonesia, since many readers suggested that I should not leave out many good things. I hope, now, it is more balanced.
Jakarta is the capital of Indonesia. Home to over than 13 million people. Jakarta is always bustling, from the sound of the wheel of goverment turning to the sight of the economy churning. Skyscrapers, single story residenteal houses, modern apartment complexes – all coexist in this big city. So, why should you visit Jakarta then?? Well, for the same reasons you would visit New York, or London, or Paris, or Hongkong or any other big city.
The delightful of Jakarta. Where do we start?
Jakarta has been booming with super size, mega malls where you can find everything, from a tradional batik tie to Plasma TV, from fitness center to beauty salon, from 5 stars restaurant to show repair shop, everything under one root. In fact, you migh stay there, since, like some of malls also connects to the luxurious hotel.
Beyong the malls, there are many streets that used to be the “downtown” areas of the old neighborhoods. The Blok M area, for example, easy reachable from everywhere, because it is the location of one of Jakarta’s public transportation.
If a business trip to Jakarta is on your agenda, it would be a good idea to get basic information on the city prior to departure to help you make the most of your stay here.
As a city of commerce like Singapore, Tokyo, Hamburg or New York, Jakarta sees plenty of visitors coming to the city for business purposes. With a high standard of meetings and convention facilities, the capital is one of the country’s top convention destinations. The others are Bali, Yogyakarta in Central Java, Medan in North Sumatra, Surabaya in East Java, Bandung in West Java and Ujung Pandang in South Sulawesi. These locations offer high-standard facilities and services, professional management, state-of-the-art technology, exquisite scenery and unique cultures.
As Indonesia’s main gateway, Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport serves a growing number of international airlines and provides an abundance of domestic flights. Transport of all forms within the city is readily available.
The city is home to a dynamic contrast between Western-style modern urban life-styles and traditional culture. Its rapid growth into a metropolitan city reflects the economic, political, social and industrial development of the nation. In recent years, Jakarta has expanded its facilities for visitors with multi-star luxury hotels, fine restaurants, exciting nightlife and modern shopping centers, as well as tourist attractions such as Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (Beautiful Indonesia in Miniature Park), restored colonial period buildings, marine resorts in the Pulau Seribu (Thousand Islands) and an extensive beach recreation complex.
Despite its status as a city of commerce, Jakarta also offers places of interest to explore. For those of you with an interest in history and culture, you may be interested in visiting Jakarta’s museums. The Jakarta History Museum, for instance, provides the background of Jakarta through displays of old maps and antiques including furniture and porcelain used by the Dutch rulers of Batavia, and a 16th century Portuguese cannon which stands just across the cobble stone square.
So – Jakarta has an abundance of great things to see – welcome!