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Indonesia's capital city, Jakarta is also the nation's cultural, economic and political centre. Amble leisurely through Kota Baru, or Jakarta's Old Town, where colonial Dutch architecture remains preserved as they stood during the times before Indonesia's independence. Take in the heady sights and smells of Glodok, Jakarta's historic Chinatown area, before heading towards central Jakarta to marvel at MONAS, Indonesia's National Monument to its freedom struggle.
Fall in love with the Thousand Islands or Kepualan Seribu, one of Indonesia's most hyped beach getaways and lose yourselves in the pristine white sands of the archipelago. Jakarta offers much to any tourist and alongside the historic sights of the city lies the ultra-modern malls and its bustling nightlife scene.
The sprawling nature of Jakarta, with its crowds, its maniacal traffic and the sheer speed of life in the city may overwhelm some tourists at first sight. But beneath this rather busy exterior, Jakarta is a city filled with interesting contrasts of the contemporary, traditional, extravagant and the humble. It is an eclectic mix of many Asian and South-East Asian cultures (the native Batavian culture in particular), Dutch and Islamic influences and channels them all into a beautiful set of contrasts.
With a wide range of activities and the best nightlife in all of South-East Asia, Jakarta is an experience for the culturally curious and the adventurous tourist.
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Welcoming over 2.5 million visitors annually, Jakarta is a vibrant Asian metropolis famous for indigenous items like batiks, textiles, and jewellery. Over 150 world-class shopping malls offer high-end fashion, flea markets, and retail and wholesale shopping.
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Jakarta offers chic and cosmopolitan nightlife owing to its swanky bars, nightclubs with electrifying DJs, sky-high lounges, night markets, nocturnal wildlife safaris and much more.
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Jakarta used to be an important trading port (as evidenced by Sunda Kelapa) of the Hindu kingdom of the Pajajaran Dynasty. However, after the 17th Century, the Dutch established their colonial foothold in the Indonesian region, which created an entirely different culture which was a hybrid of traditional Indonesian and Dutch influences. Vestiges of this hybrid are still found in Jakartan architecture. Dutch colonial rule ended with the Japanese occupation in 1942, and the name Jakarta was restored. Still, it wasn't until 1950 that Jakarta officially became the capital of the new republic.
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The language most commonly spoken is Bahasa Indonesian. In tourist-friendly places, English is also generally spoken but one can expect more of the local language to be used.
The best time to visit Jakarta is from June to September when the weather is pleasant with a fair possibility of rainfall. Being a subtropical region, the weather in Jakarta is warm and humid throughout the year. There are two major seasons in Jakarta - Dry Season (May - September) and Wet Season (October to April). The dry months are the busiest time of the year to visit Jakarta with accommodation charges surging. October is the warmest month of the year, with an average high of 34-degrees Celcius because of constant rains and high humidity. July - August are the driest months, and the best months to travel to Jakarta.
The Wet Season does not attract a lot of people with January receiving the highest rainfall. It's advised not to visit during this time of the year as there are chances of intense thunderstorms and typhoons. However, accommodation is very cheap, and the city isn't crowded. The average temperature of all months is consistently around 25 - 28 degree Celcius. If you're visiting during the period of Ramadan (Early May - June) one must adhere to the rules of the state during the holy month.