Indonesia’s sprawling capital is one of the fastest-growing, most chaotic and most exciting places in South-East Asia. It is the gateway to a vast, vibrant and varied island nation that’s home to dozens of fascinating cultures.
Formerly the colonial capital of the Dutch East Indies – when it was known as Batavia – Jakarta has grown from its original seaport district into a huge modern conurbation of high-rise hotels and apartments, thronged shopping malls and wide, crowded avenues.
||Indonesian Rupiah (IDR), 1 Rp = 100 cents
||Banks, businesses and government offices generally open 8 am-4 pm or 9 am-5 pm Monday-Friday. Many shopping malls remain open until 10 pm or later. Many street markets do not open until around 7 pm and remain as late as midnight. Many smaller shops close at dusk on Friday until Saturday night.
||Jakarta City Government Tourist Office
Jalan Kuningan Barat No. 2 Jakarta
+62 21 520 5445
Tourism Information Centre
Jakarta Theater Building
Jl. MH. Thamrin No. 9,
+62 21 314 2067 / +62 21 315 4094 / +62 21 316 1293