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Jakarta has much to offer, ranging from museums,
art and antique markets, first class shopping
to accommodations and a wide variety of cultural
activities. Jakarta’s most famous landmark, the
National Monument or Monas is a 137m obelisk topped
with a flame sculpture coated with 35 kg of gold.
Among other places one can mention the National
museum that holds an extensive collection of ethnographic
artifacts and relics, the Maritime Museum that
exhibits Indonesia’s seafaring traditions, including
models of sea going vessels.
B. Sumatra is a paradise for
nature lovers, its national parks are the largest
in the world, home to a variety of monkeys, tigers
and elephants. Facing the open sea, the western
coastline of Sumatra and the waters surrounding
Nias Island have big waves that make them one
of the best surfer’s beaches in Indonesia. There
are beautiful coral reefs that are ideal for diving.
For those who prefer night dives, the waters of
Riau Archipelago offer a rewarding experience
with marine scavengers of the dark waters.
C. Various establishments offer
professional pampering service with floral baths,
body scrubs, aromatic oils, massages and meditation;
rituals and treatments that use spices and aromatic
herbs to promote physical and mental wellness.
Various spa hotels are extremely popular. Indonesians
believe that when treating the body you cure the
D. Jakarta has a distinctly cosmopolitan
flavor. Tantalize your taste buds with a gastronomic
spree around the city’s many eateries. Like French
gourmet dining, exotic Asian cuisine, American
fast food, stylish cafes, restaurants all compete
to find a way into your heart through your stomach.
The taste of Indonesia’s many cultures can be
found in almost any corner of the city: hot and
spicy food from West Sumatra, sweet tastes of
Dental Java, the tangy fish dishes of North Sulawesi.
E. In the face of constant exposure
to modernization and foreign influences, the native
people still faithfully cling to their culture
and rituals. The pre-Hindu Bali Aga tribe still
maintains their own traditions of architecture,
pagan religion, dance and music, such as unique
rituals of dances and gladiator-like battles between
youths. On the island of Siberut native tribes
have retained their Neolithic hunter-gathering
F. Whether you are a serious
spender or half hearted shopper, there is sure
to be something for everybody in Jakarta. Catering
to diverse tastes and pockets, the wide variety
of things you can buy in Jakarta is mind boggling
from the best of local handicrafts to haute couture
labels. Modern super and hyper markets, multi-level
shopping centers, retail and specialty shops,
sell quality goods at a competitive price. Sidewalk
bargains range from tropical blooms of vivid colors
and scents in attractive bouquets to luscious
fruits of the seasons.
G. The land’s long and rich history
can’t be separated from the influence of Hinduism,
Buddhism, Islam and Christianity. There is one
of the oldest Hindu temples in Java, the majestic
Buddhist ‘monastery on the hill’, Borobudur, the
largest Buddhist monument in the world. About
17 km away from this monastery is a 9th century
temple complex built by the Sanjaya dynasty. Prambanan
complex is dedicated to the Hindu trinity: Ciwa,
Vishnu and Brahma. The spread of Islam also left
interesting monuments such as the 15th century
Minaret Mosque in Kudus.
A taste of everything
2. Shop till you drop
3. City’s tourist attractions
4. Ancient traditions live on
5. Activities for the adventurous and
6. On the crossroads of religions
7. For the body, mind and soul
8. From the high peaks to the deep seas