As one of the largest metropolis’ in the world, Jakarta is not a city to be passed over quickly. Most tourists visiting Indonesia end up in Jakarta, primarily because it is where one of the main airports is located. Unfortunately, however, most travelers use the city of Jakarta as a transit stop, and fail to take the time to appreciate Jakarta in all it’s crazy, bustling, high- energy glory.
Jakarta is the capital of Indonesia. Because of this, the city is rich with a distinct history and vibrant culture. Queue up on the street to try some of the best food in the world, and later, take a quick 30 minute boat ride to visit one of the “thousand islands” that Indonesia has to offer. A city of over 10 million people, we promise there will always be something interesting going on in the city. From music festivals, to open market places, to holy temples older than our mind can comprehend, Jakarta is sure to please even the most picky of travelers.
Bahasia Indonesia, Bahasia Jakarta (local dialect)
Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)
Important dates in Jakarta
- January 1 – New Years Day
- March 28 – Hari Raya Nyepi/Balinese New Year
- April 14 – Good Friday
- April 24 – Isra Miraj
- May 1 – Labour Day
- May 11 – Waisak Day/Birth of Buddha
- May 25 – Ascension Day
- Jun 1 – Pancasila Day
- June 25 – Hair Raya Puasa/End of Ramadan
- June 26 – Hari Raya Puasa/Eid Al-Fitr
- August 17 – Independence Day
- September 1 – Idul Adha
- September 21 – Muharram/Islamic New Year
- December 1 – Maulidur Rasul
- December 25 – Christmas Day
- December 26 – Cuti Bersama (extra holiday declared by govt)
- Indonesia is an Asian country with the most change in foreign power. Italian, Portuguese, Spain, Britain, the Dutch and the Japanese. Many argue the Arabs also came to colonize but excluded but he locals).
- The world’s largest flower, the Rafflesia Arnoldi, only grows in Sumtra, Indonesia. It weighs up to 7 kg and petals grow to half a metre in length.
- Indonesia has the largest muslim population in the world.
Good to know
Visa-on-Arrival – USD $35 issued on arrival valid for 30 days. This can be extended once for a maximum of 30 days, for another USD $35
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Culture and Etiquette in Jakarta
Indonesia’s national motto is “Unity in Diversity” being made up of 17,000 islands , Indonesians are known to be friendly and welcoming. Indonesian’s speak fairly quietly, speaking loudly or shouting in public can cause offence. It is also a non-confrontational society in general and confrontations may often be counteracted with smiles. Public-blaming and criticising is also seen as a no-no. Public displays of affection between members of the opposite sex are frowned upon. Avoid touching someone’s head as it is considered sacred by some Indonesian’s. The influence of the artistocratic culture of Java and Malay early in their history are still alive and well, despite now being a republic.