Visit the art galleries
Jakarta’s diversity extends well to the bustling art scene. Different inspirations and stories are depicted through various artworks, media, and style. From classic to contemporary, public museums to private galleries, the best artworks in Jakarta serve as blueprints of the nation’s culture and history. Additionally, if you’re interested in Indonesia’s history of art, visit the National Gallery and be awed by 1,700 impressive artworks from different eras. Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (MACAN) is the latest and popular addition to the scene, showcasing contemporary arts from Indonesia and around the world.
Visit the houses of worship
Religion is one of the most prominent and fascinating dimensions of life in Indonesians. The country acknowledges six main religions, and that translates to a vibrant assortment of mosques, churches, and temples all over the capital. The iconic Istiqlal Mosque sits just across the neo-gothic cathedral, while another colonial church is just around the corner. Moreover, various temples with beautiful oriental buildings can be found around the Chinatown.
Explore mini Indonesia
This is your best chance to see Indonesia’s different cultures in just a day. Serving as the miniature of the sprawling archipelago, Taman Mini Indonesia Indah has dedicated areas for every major province or culture in Indonesia. Each area highlights everything you want to know about the culture: traditional houses, customs, attires, and so on. You can also explore different science and nature museums, watch documentaries in an iconic cinema, and take a ride on a cable car that goes across the compound.
Catch a show at Taman Ismail Marzuki (TIM)
Since 1968, Taman Ismail Marzuki (TIM) has been a busy hub for local artists. Throughout the years, in spite of political turmoil and episodes of history, TIM has only been refined in its roles and programs. Today, the compound has modern theatres, exhibition areas, a library, bookstores, and more. Shows and performances follow a dynamic schedule, but something interesting and cultural is always going on here, from orchestra to musicals, theaters to exhibitions.
Explore the Jakarta Old Town
Used to be one of the most prominent neighborhoods during the colonial era, Jakarta’s Kota Tua (Old Town) is a slice of history in the bustling metropolitan. The area is packed with old government buildings and trade centers kept alive as museums and heritage sites. From riding a colorful bicycle through Fatahillah Square to taking pictures inside the quirky Rumah Akar, you can conveniently explore the Old Town’s highlights just by strolling around the area.
Feast on Indonesian food
When you get hearty meals from heritage recipes in a space that reflects culture and history, eating is more than just something to do to fill the stomach. It becomes a delightful cultural experience that immerses you deeper into local life. Whether you want those recipes on a fine dining setting in Menteng or prefer a more low-key rendition from street food, like the one in Sabang Street, Jakarta has it all.