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The capital of Indonesia, Jakarta is a city of contrasts, both ancient and modern. Located on the island of Java, this former Dutch colony has retained its own identity and cosmopolitanism that earned its reputation as an Asian megacity in the world. It was the commercial center of the empire known as the Dutch East India Company (Dutch East India) since 1621, during the time which it met with the name of Batavia. The old city center is characterized by the Dutch architecture, bridges, public buildings and elegant squares. There is also a modern part, because the city has grown a lot, and has created a vast conurbation. Tea and rubber exports, also has factories in yarn and fabrics, iron foundries and mills. Its population is of 6.50.000.

You will enjoy a walk in the middle of its major boulevards, teeming and populated, to discover its traditional culture and Western architecture, not forgetting to visit Monas, the National Monument, Ragunan Zoo, the Sunda Kelapa port and fish market (Pasar Ikan), Old Town (Kota Tua Jakarta), with the Taman Fatahillah Square (city hall and museum), the Portuguese Church (Gereja Portugis) and the Chinese neighborhood (Glodok); in the center, National Museum (Musium Pusat), south of the city ‘miniature Indonesia’ (Taman Mini Indonesia Indah), park where each province has a pavilion, which gives a good idea of habitat and the regional customs in the Jakarta Bay, trip to the archipelago of Kepulauan Seribu (Thousand Islands) in the afternoon, the liveliest neighborhoods Lokasari, Senen and Ancol Dreamland park (Taman Impian Jaya), immerse yourself in the heart of the spiritual Gamelan music and puppets for shadow silhouette!

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