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Pulau Seribu

This group of islands in the Jakarta Bay offers a haven away from the bustle of city life. There are golden beaches fringed with coconut palms. The surrounding waters are a paradise for skin divers. They are filled with a myriad of tropical fish which live among the multicoloured corals. The islands can be reached from Tanjung Priok or Pasar Ikan (Sunda Kelapa) by ferry or by chartered boat. Some
of the islands in this group developed for tourism are Pulau Bidadari, Pulau Ayer, Pulau Laki and Pulau
Putri. Pulau Tanjung near Putri has an airstrip. There are cabins for hire, having fresh water on Pulau Air and Pulau Bidadari only. The Pulau Putri Paradise Co. has developed Pulau Putri, Pulau Melintang, Pulau Petondan and Pulau Papa Theo as a holiday resort with cottages, restaurants, diving and sailing facilities.

"Arjuna Wiwaha" Monument Sunda Kelapa

Sunda Kelapa, better known as Pasar Ikan (meaning fish market) is located at the mouth of the Ciliwung river. It was formely the harbour town of Sunda Kelapa where the Portuguese traded with the Hindu Kingdom of Pajajaran in the early 1 6th century.The fish catch of the day was auctioned in the early morning at the old fish market.

The street leading to it was lined with shops selling all sort of shells, dehydrated turtles, lobsters and mostly everything the seafarer might need. Dutch domination of Jakarta and the rest of Indonesia began from this area, whereas the remnants of Kasteel Batavia, an old fort and trading post of the Dutch East Indies Company can still be seen now. Sunda Kelapa is at present a fisherman's wharf and an inter-island port. Tall massed Bugis schooners from South Sulawesi anchoring there offer a picturesque scene. They belong to one of the last fleets of sail boats in the world and still ply the seas between the islands, as they did centuries ago, carrying merchandise.

The Marina Jaya Ancol

This is a special port for yachts, motor and sail boats the port of departure for Pulau Seribu, the scatered islands in the Bay of Jakarta. This is also the place for marine recreation and sports where each facility is amply provided; water cycles, canoes, sail boats, fishing gear and many others. Stalls along the beach serve drinks and snacks while tents are available for sunbathers and sea-overs.

Jaya Ancol Dreamland

This is Jakarta's largest and most popular recreation park. It is built on reclaimed beach land at the Bay of Jakarta, having, sea and fresh-water aquariums, swimming pools, an artificial lagoon for fishing, boating, bowling, an assortment of nightclubs restaurants, a steam bath and massage perlours.
Daily shows are held at the Aquarium where dolphins and sea lions perform. The Ancol complex includes a marina, Dunia Fantasi [Fantasy Land), a golf course, hotels and a drive-in theatre. The "Pasar Seni" or art market has a varied collection of Indonesian handicraft, paintings and souvenirs on sale. At a nearby open air theatre art performances are held using the local dialect.

Fantasy Land

The latest addition to Jakarta's growing recreation facilities is the Fantasy Land, a 9.5 hectare 123.75 acres) entertainment park lo" cased inside the Ancol Dreamland. Planned to eventually become a part of a 200-hectare 1500-acre) park designed to usher the visitor into the fascinating world of modern science and technology, the present facility takes him on an imaginative tour of Old Jakarta, Africa, America, Indonesia, Europe, Asia and the Palace of Dolls. Each of the areas is designed to give the visitor a feel of The region he is visiting through features and the architecture of the area at a certain period of its history and by the use of animated puppets in the Palace of Dolls.
The park also offers a number of restaurants and souvenir shops.

Maritime Museum

Two warehouses are the only remains left, which were of the first trading post and port of the Dutch East Indies Company in Java. They now house the Maritime Museum. The old harbourmaster's tower stands nearby. Open from 8.00 a.m. till 2.00 p.m. on Tuesdays Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. On Fridays closed at 1 1.00 a.m. and on Saturday at 1.00 p.m. It closes on Monday.

The Wayang Museum

This puppetry museum on the western side of Taman Fatahillah in " the Old Town " area has displays of wayang puppets from all parts of Indonesia and some from other parts of Southeast Asia as well. The wooden and leather puppets displayed here represent the finest craftsmanship in this particular form of traditional theatre. The museum also shows shortened performances of the wayang kulit leather puppets every Sunday morning.

Textile Museum

This museum displays various textiles from all over the country, from handwoven cotton, silk and to batiks as well, of ancient as well as contemporary productions.

Jakarta Museum

Completed in 1627, the building initially served as the Dutch East Indies Company's Town Hall. Additions and renovations including a stone gate, offices and renovations were added between 1705 and 1715. The known Indonesian hero, Diponegoro, was said to have been imprisoned in its dungeon before his exile to South Sulawesi.
The building was used as military barracks and offices when the Jakarta City Administration decided in the early 1970s to make it the focus of a restoration plan of old Batavia.
Now a museum, it provides the historical background of Jakarta through displays of old maps and antiquities including furniture and porcelain used by the Dutch rulers of Batavia, plus a 1 6th century Portuguese cannon which stand across the cobblestone square.

The Jakarta Fair Ground, Kemayoran (JF-K)

Opened by President Soeharto on 20th June 1992, JF-K is designed to increase Jakarta's capacity for medium and large scale exhibition with modern facilities. Part of a new 450 ha complex known as Kemayoran New Town, it is located on the site of Jakarta's first international airport.

The Jakarta Hilton Convention Centre (JHCC)

The Jakarta Convention Centre, which is now allowed to insert the name "Hilton" abbreviated to JHCC, can accommodate three conferences, and three functions simultaneously. The plenary hall has a seat capacity of 3300 theatre-style, and is equipped with a giant avideo-wall, hi-tech lighting and sound system. It has a VIP holding lounge, speakers waiting room, 3 board rooms, 3 meeting rooms, 10 translation booths, a secretariat and administration office. The Exhibition Hall measuring 6, 120a square metres has a 14-foot ceiling and 1 m 350 square metre pre-function lobby.
The ballroom can seat 3.000 or can be divided into 3 unit each for 1000 persons. Besides there are 7 multi-function meeting rooms which can seat from 220 to 20 persons or joined together 700 persons. The main lobby can be utilized as a precoctail area or for coffee break for 3.500 persons. The car park can accommodate 10.000 cars.

The Non Aligned Nations Friendship Monument

As a tourism and cultural center, beautiful Indonesia Miniature Park attracted the attention of high officials from many countries.
Eighty six Heads of State and Government have visited Beautiful Indonesia Miniature Park, showing great appreciation for the cultural wealth of the diverse archipelago.
Each head of State and Government were requested to a personally planted a tree of friendship to mark their visit to the park.
The Monument of Friendship of the Non-Aligned Countries, in the form of a human eye, reflects the dreams and visions of the Non-Aligned Movement to look far into the future, to see the essential meaning of human life, peace, prosperity, freedom, and equality.


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