Rethinking Jakarta

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Westhill Consulting Travel and Tours, Singapore: Rethinking Jakarta

It is an objectively usual incidence that when people are plotting their exciting campaign through Southeast Asia they will get into Indonesia, skip over Jakarta and dot the ‘i’ in Bali. Where it is right that Jakarta is a scorching metropolis of government and business that has usually frightened off tourists, a prosperous of modern amenities, attractions, mixed with inlaid charms make it an interesting destination choice for culture and history enthusiasts and you are assured of a no complaints travel.

Old Batavia

Conventional to the action then—Old Batavia is the tourist epicenter of Jakarta. Deliberated Asia’s answer to Holland, the streets and architecture of this small .50 square mile (1.3 square km) town is recognized as the historical and cultural hub of the city. Although in rough shape these days, the town is in spite of everything in its own rite a captivating landmark of Dutch colonialism, like the cobblestone lain Taman Fatahillah (town square), whole with leftovers of the original 17th century town, comprising Museum Sejarah Jakarta (Museum of Jakarta History), and to the east the famous art museum, Balai Seni Rupa.

Jalan Surabaya

Talking about bringing home souvenirs, if you have any curiosity in exploring antiques, consider this Mecca. The Jalan Surabaya or Surabaya Street Market is recognized for years as a place where you will learn the one exotic treasure you never imagined yourself buying. The market is a living curiosity with more than 500 meters of shopping room, full of interesting nuggets of history. Beginning with cultural masks, to statues, to imported porcelain, to carvings, paintings, and even unanticipated memorabilia, you perhaps won’t be walking out of this marketplace empty handed. The added value of its location in a shady part of town makes the browsing experience all the better you are not scorching in the heat. A word to the wise, like many market places in developing countries, prices are completely negotiable, and need some amount of bargaining if you don’t want to see the bottom of your wallet but be very watchful of frauds and scams...

Pramuka Bird Market

One of the more interesting trades in Indonesia is indeed, of its avian inhabitants even though wildlife conservationists may not like to hear it. This specific market, situated in central Jakarta, can occasionally have up to 300 different tropical species and time-to-time features infrequent and exotic birds, like the sought after Bali Starling, or White Peacock. The Indonesian Forestry Ministry has cracked down on the trade of illegal wildlife, over the years, and much of the capture methods are legal, however don’t be shocked if you come across more unusual fare. None-the-less, from a spectator’s point of view, the Pramuka bird market is an intriguing part of Indonesian culture that cannot be ignored. Many reviews were all in favor of this destination.

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