Jakarta is the capital of Indonesia and is located on the northwest coast of Java. This is where everything in Indonesia comes together politically, economically and culturally speaking. The city's history goes back to the 4th century, and before Indonesia's independence it was the capital city of the Dutch East Indies under the name Batavia. Nowadays it is the largest city in Southeast Asia.
Jakarta sometimes brings up images of traffic jams, chaos, and unfortunately not too well-preserved colonial areas. Indeed, many tourists come here on a strictly "touch and go" basis: off to the beauty and cultural richness that the rest of Java has to offer. But if you want to understand what makes present day Indonesia tick, Jakarta is a good place to dig a little bit deeper. What you will then find are friendly and welcoming locals from many different ethnic backgrounds and interesting attractions like the Monas (national monument symbolising the country's struggle for independence) and the smallish Old Town with in it the Sunda Kelapa harbour the city spawned from.
Perhaps not necessary to mention for a city of this size, but obviously Jakarta is a shopper's heaven and the nightlife is on par with if not better than the rest of the region. [Review by travelindicator]
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- Jakarta is a city in Indonesia's region of Jakarta Raya. It has a population of 10,187,595, is situated at an altitude of 30ft and the best airport to fly into is CGK (Soekarno Hatta International, Jakarta)
- The currency used in Indonesia is the Indonesian rupiah (IDR)
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