Top 10 Things to Do in Malang

When I decided to visit Malang during my trip, it was not because there were many things I want to do there. A good friend of mine happens to be there for work. Being a cheap backpacker, I was excited for the free accommodation while being a solo traveler, I was thrilled to have a companion. Much to my surprise, Malang turns out to be an interesting addition to my Java trip. This city is brimming with local buzz, giving it an authentic Indonesian experience. It is also filled with some interesting tourist attractions that may not be on a typical tourist’s radar.

Tugu Bundaran, Malang's monument, Indonesia

Tugu Bundaran, Malang’s monument

Explore the city center

Malang city center is relatively small and easily explored by foot. First, take your orientation with the famous Malang monument – Tugu Bundaran. This majestic monument stands in a middle of a waterlily filled pond. If you are staying at Tugu Hotel *, a highly recommended place to stay in Malang *, the monument is just across at the roundabout. From here take a walk around the city, taking in the buzz of the Indonesian life. Head on south-west to Malang’s Great Mosque Jami, another noteworthy tourist attraction in Malang.

Malang's Great Mosque Jami, Indonesia

Malang’s Great Mosque Jami

Walk along Jalan Ijen (street)

First off, take your time and wander around the city. Malang is small enough to comfortably, if you ignore the heat, to explore all over. When you walk around, you will see traces of Dutch influence here. If you go along Jalan Ijen (street), you will see colonial houses and palm trees lining up. Here you will feel somewhat transported to somewhere in Europe. Do not miss out the church here, St. Maria, a Catholic church that also boasts Dutch colonial features. The latest initiative here, since 2011, is the car free Sunday from 5 am till 9.30 am. At this period, you will find many locals come here for their morning walk, biking, skateboarding and gymnastics.

Colonial Ijen Street, Malang, Indonesia

Colonial Ijen Street, Malang

Eat the local food

In Malang you can find many famous Java local cuisines, from street stalls to restaurants. The Indonesian food that you must try here in Malang is fried gurame (fish), satay (grilled meat skewers), urap-urap (mixed salad with grated coconuts) and local dessert of fried banana. When I was here, my friend and I went to Inggil restaurant, not just for its delicious food but also its interesting atmosphere of various old trinkets and antiques inside a Dutch house. Another must try food is the local mie goreng (fried noodles) at a roadside stall.

Indonesian dishes at Inggil Restaurant, Indonesia

Indonesian dishes at Inggil Restaurant

Visit the traditional market (pasar) or the night market

There is a few traditional market in Malang that you can visit. A popular one is the Oro-oro Dowo and the Pasar Besar (big market). Here you can come in the day and shop together with the local for the freshest produces. If you are a night person, there are also the night market here in Malang at Jalan Kyai Tamin. This market offers a variety of local souvenirs and food vendors, though don’t expect too much for the quality of the food here.

Malang Inggil Restaurant, Indonesia

Inggil Restaurant interior

Take a becak ride

After refusing several times during my wandering times around Malang, I finally gave in for a ride on the becak. My friend wanted to also have the experience, so I thought it would be a good reason to also try it out. It turns out to be a cooling and breezy ride, a nice change from my slow walking around the city. With a ride on the becak, you may find a new perspective of the city and feel a little bit more like a tourist looking from the outside in.

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Visit Candi Singosari temple

Candi Singosari, or also known as Singhasari, is a Hindu-Buddhist temple located in the village of Cendirenggo, 10 km from Malang. It is also a favourite of the local tourists, you will find many of them there. This ancient temple dates back to the Singhasari dynasty and is the funerary temple of its last King. The site of the temple is believed to be the center of the Javanese court of Singhasari. You can get to the Candi Singosari with public transport from the Arjosari bus terminal. The temple requires a donation of 2,000 IDR to enter.

Malang Candi Jago temple, Indonesia

Candi Singosari temple

Compare Candi Kidal and Candi Jago temples

Both of these temples lie about 24km to the east of Malang. You can visit both temples at the same time for convenience. Kidal and Jago are both Hindu temples, dating back to the 12th and 13th century. Although older, the Kidal temple is more intact than Jago. But Jago temple boasts a lot of intricate carvings on its remains.

Malang Candi Jago temple, Indonesia

Candi Jago temple

Go to Batu and pluck some apples

Batu is a city next to Malang and well known as “Apple City”. Hence, one must visit an Apple farm when one is here. I visited an Apple Farm here and paid for the apples that I picked. Besides apple picking, you can also tour the rest of the farm. There are various plants and fruits to be enjoyed while taking in the fresh cooling air. There are also always a cafe for a pit stop and rest for some fruit juices with a view.

Malang Kebun Apple Farm at Batu, Indonesia

Kebun Apple Farm at Batu

Check out the waterfalls in Batu

If you are a nature lover and enjoy some waterfalls, Batu city offers a few waterfalls to visit. They all take about 45 mins to 1-hour drive from Malang. One popular one is Coban Rondo waterfall, located in the middle of the forest. Come here during the weekdays to avoid the local crowds and to have more space and time to enjoy the place. Another waterfall to check out is the Coban Pelangi (rainbow), which lies to the east of Malang and at the fringe of Bromo Tengger National Park. This is the waterfall to visit if you are on the way to the famous Mount Bromo of Java.

One of the waterfalls near Malang, Indonesia

One of the waterfalls near Malang

Take a 4WD ride to Mount Bromo

Speaking of Mount Bromo, rent a 4WD in Malang and take the scenic route to Mount Bromo. If you are on a budget, you can try to share with other tourists who are going on the 4WD. Check out the hostels around and there should be one heading off the next day or so. Going with the 4WD is one of the nicer ways to access Mount Bromo. The drive takes you through highlands and greeneries with beautiful views. You will not be disappointed with this dramatic entrance into the amazing volcano mountain, one of the best in Indonesia.

4WD ride from Malang to Mount Bromo, Indonesia

4WD ride from Malang to Mount Bromo

As you can see, there are many things one can do in Malang, and I am surprised that the city is not yet filled with tourists. This place promises a more subdue traveling in Java and more interactions with the local Indonesians. Visit Malang for its Dutch colonial architectures, local Indonesian food, traditional market, local life and farms, ancient Hindu temples and nature with waterfalls and volcano mountain.

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Bandung Trip Itinerary – 3 days or nights

Bandung is your one-stop destination for culinary, culture, shopping and nature. Your trip will definitely tickle your every sense with Bandung’s diverse tourist attractions and things to do. Culinary wise, you will find unique cafes in every corner and delicious local food everywhere. Culture-wise, there are the Lawangwangi art space performances while shopping wise, you will be spoilt for choices with its many factory outlets and boutiques. To top it off, get around Bandung for excursions to famous places like the Kawah Putih Crater or chill by Situ Patenggang lake or look up the legend of Tangkuban Perahu. Our Bandung Trip 3 days itinerary plan will help you to maximise your visit here!

Day One – Shopping, Cafe and Restaurant

Bandung is really quite a vibrant city and is considered a hub for retail and culinary tourism. Jalan Setiabudi, Jalan Cihampelas, and Jalan Riau are a couple of very popular areas where you’ll find the streets fill with shopping and eating opportunities!

Start the morning with a trip to Rumah Mode on Jalan Setiabudi (to beat the afternoon crowds!). This factory outlet bursts at the seams with all things retail. They also have a few eateries where you can taste local treats such as Batagor, Nasi Timbel, and Martabak, set around beautiful garden settings.

Rumah Mode at Bandung, Indonesia

Rumah Mode at Bandung. Photo by Isna On/Off

Midday head down to Jalan Cihampelas, popularly known as ‘Jeans Street’ due to the huge amount of denim sellers there. This is also a busy street with a notable lack of walking areas – so take care when moving from shop to shop! What makes this street stand out are the large cartoon statues that head some of the shops. You’ll find Rambo, Spiderman, Aladdin, Hercules, Superman, to name just a few! This street isn’t the cleanest or most organized, but it’s worth a visit if only just to see it’s unique visual appeal.

If Jeans Street tired you out, which it most certainly will, you can pop into Ciwalk Mall for a bit of relaxation with more complete, organized shops and restaurants. It’s designed in a garden walk style which makes for pleasant strolling. Gokanna serves up traditional Indonesian and Sundanese (the local food in Bandung) dishes, or there are western favourites such as Soho, Raffles, and Pizza Hut among others.

Jeans Street at Bandung, Indonesia

Jeans Street at Bandung. Photo by ann_espino

After a bit of rest, Jalan Riau calls for more shopping and an abundance of delectable cafes and restaurants. Two favourite factory outlets here are The Secret Factory Outlet and Heritage Factory Outlet. They’re both comfortable, complete, and reasonably cheap. Heritage is set in one of the old Dutch buildings that have been refurbished to suit modern Bandung, and there’s quite a good restaurant next door called Dakken Coffee and Steak, also in a refurbished colonial building. They serve tasty local and western food, recommended! Otherwise, there’s a lovely café around the corner on Jalan Progo called Hummingbird Eatery, which also has a decadent selection of cakes and cookies!

The Secret Factory Outlet at Bandung, Indonesia

The Secret Factory Outlet at Bandung. Photo by Irwandy Mazwir

If you don’t fancy settling in for dinner here around Riau, there’s a nice restaurant not too far away called Atmosphere Resort Café that has a stunning traditional décor and delectable menu.



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Day Two – Excursions from Bandung

With shopping and eating thoroughly explored in the city, it’s time to find some nature!

Head to the south Ciwidey hills in the morning. You’ll find the temperatures drop and the natural scenery takes over. Kawah Putih Crater Lake is quite a beautiful sight! The enchanting turquoise crater, ghostly bare trees, grey hills and white mist make it a rather stunning spot for budding photographers and selfie-takers. Make sure you wear a mask or cover your nose and mouth as breathing in sulfur fumes can be uncomfortable. Nearby, you’ll find lushly green tea plantations such as Rancabali that will also take your breath away! They cover rather large areas, so crowds aren’t a worry and peaceful moments are enough for everyone. There are a few places that have thermal hot pools too, but they’re usually full of local families and can get really crowded.

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Excursion from Bandung to Kawah Putih Crater, Indonesia

Excursion from Bandung – Kawah Putih Crater

Stop by Situ Patenggang lake and prepare to witness yet another sight for sore eyes. Take a small boat ride to Batu Cinta and hear the old story about this ‘Love Rock’ in the middle of the lake. This is a really picturesque lake so make sure you have your camera ready! No doubt you’ll be doing a lot of snacking on local treats around Ciwidey, but for a late lunch, there are some good traditional restaurants. Saung Gawir comes recommended, as does Sidang Reret, both boast delicious local cuisines and stunning natural scenery. They are located on the main road from which you come and go from Ciwidey area.

Situ Patenggang lake, Bandung, Indonesia

Situ Patenggang lake

In the evening, you might find yourself tired from the hectic traffic getting to and from Ciwidey. So it might be a nice idea to chill at your hotel or take an evening stroll along Jalan Braga, possibly the most unique and well-known heritage streets in Bandung that still holds it’s colonial style architecture. Here you’ll find cafes, restaurants, art shops and even a mall (Braga City Walk). On the southern corner sits Gedung Merdeka which houses the Asian-African Conference Museum that was first held in 1955, and its 60th-anniversary conference was held just recently in 2015. Masjid Raya Bandung is just around the corner in Alun-Alun. The most noteworthy mosque in the city is open to the public on Saturday and Monday. It should also be said that most shops on Jalan Braga are closed on Sundays, so a visit to this area would be best on Saturday (though very busy), or Monday.

Masjid Raya (Mosque) Bandung, Indonesia

Masjid Raya (Mosque) Bandung. Photo by Ikhlasul Amal

Day Three – Nature, art and food

Today can be a relaxing and unwinding mix of nature, art, and food.

30km to the north of Bandung lies a stratovolcano crater called Tangkuban Perahu (meaning: ‘up-turned boat’) which has an interesting local legend about love and tragedy that can be told by locals there, just ask! There are three main craters: Kawah Ratu, Kawah Domas, and Kawah Upas. The atmosphere is friendly and very local, with souvenirs, snacks, and plenty of photo opportunities. It gets pretty chilly up there so be sure to bring a jacket and scarf. Or you can buy colourful scarves and gloves on the site!

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Tangkuban Perahu, Bandung, Indonesia

Tangkuban Perahu, Bandung

Beautiful view from Lawangwangi Art Space Bandung, Indonesia

Beautiful view from Lawangwangi Art Space. Photo by Riana Ambarsari

Also in the north, there are a few villas and resorts like Gracia Resort and Spa * (75,000 IDR entrance) and Ciater Hot Springs (40,000 IDR entrance) which have hot spring pools and nice restaurants. Spend a night here to experience the cool temperatures and steamy springs, and sample local delicacies in any of the cosy restaurants. Really, quite a treat! Again, the temperatures are comfortably neutral during the day but can get rather cold once night falls.

While you’re in the area, visit an art gallery and restaurant. One popular gallery is called Lawangwangi Art Space. They have alternate exhibitions monthly with both local and international artists, a café, event rooms, garden, and photogenic balcony with a beautiful view of Bandung. Another famous gallery is called Selasar which has similar features but specializes in delicious Indian dishes among other Indonesian and western flavors. Selasar tends to be a lot quieter and calmer in the atmosphere than the ever-popular Lawangwangi.

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10 Tempat Wisata yang Wajib Dikunjungi di Bandung

English Version: Top 10 Things to Do and What to See in Bandung

Bandung merupakan tempat yang terkenal di Indonesia dan pasti tidak asing bagi wisatawan yang berkunjung ke Jawa. Banyak warga lokal yang merekomendasikan Bandung untuk berbelanja, wisata kuliner dan menikmati suasananya yang sejuk. Bandung menjadi tujuan akhir pekan yang populer bagi mereka yang ingin menghindari keramaian dan hiruk pikuk kota Jakarta. Banyak wisatawan mengatakan mereka memiliki pengalaman terbaik menjelajahi Indonesia di sini.

Di tempat ini anda dapat menemukan makanan dengan harga murah dan lezat, barang-barang dijual murah dan bermacam-macam, dan juga terdapat tempat wisata yang penting bagi Indonesia. Oleh karena itu tidak mengherankan jika seluruh Bandung berkembang menjadi industri pariwisata, jadi datang ke sini dan bersenang-senanglah.

Berikut ini kami merangkum 10 Tempat Wisata yang Wajib Dikunjungi di Bandung:

Bandung city, Java, Indonesia

Bandung city, Java, Indonesia

Kegiatan yang Harus dilakukan di Bandung

Belanja di Pusat Pertokoan

Saya tidak melebih-lebihkan di sini, tidak ada yang kembali dari Bandung dengan tangan kosong. Terutama jika anda pergi ke factory outlet di Jl Riau atau Jl Dago, anda akan menemukan semua barang berkualitas seperti pakaian, sepatu, tas dan lainnya dari berbagai merek terkenal. Semua barang yang anda temukan di sini dalam kondisi baik, keluaran baru tapi dijual setengah harga.

SBelanja di Pusat Pertokoan, Bandung, Java, Indonesia

Belanja di Pusat Pertokoan

Melihat Matahari Terbenam di The Valley

Jika anda sedang mencari alternatif lain untuk makan di Bandung, anda dapat memilih The Valley untuk makan malam. Restoran spesialis makanan barat ini terletak di puncak bukit dengan panorama matahari terbenam yang menakjubkan. Makanan yang disajikan juga lezat, jadi anda bisa menikmati makan sambil melihat matahari terbenam di atas kota Bandung.

Wisata Kuliner di Kampung Daun

Kampung Daun merupakan salah satu restoran terbaik di Bandung, banyak turis datang ke sini untuk menikmati suasana santai dengan gubuk bambu, sungai dan air terjun. Makanan di sini cukup enak dan tempatnya luas serta harganya murah. Kunjungi Kampung Daun untuk menikmati masakan khas Indonesia di luar ruangan yang nyaman dan tenang.

Wisata Kuliner di Kampung Daun, Bandung, Indonesia

Wisata Kuliner di Kampung Daun, Bandung

Tersesat di Pasar Baru

Pasar Baru hampir seperti pasar-pasar lain di Indonesia, anda bisa tersesat di sini dan menemukan segala macam barang yang anda inginkan. Wisatawan datang ke sini untuk membeli kain dan souvenir. Harga di sini juga luar biasa murah terutama jika anda pandai menawar. Meskipun begitu, berhati-hatilah dengan barang-barang bawaan anda karena tempat ini benar-benar penuh sesak.

Menikmati Pertunjukan Musik di Saung Angklung Udjo

Menikmati pertunjukan musik tradisional di Saung Angklung Udjo adalah salah satu cara terbaik untuk mengeksplor budaya Indonesia. Selama 2 jam pertunjukan anda akan disuguhi pertunjukan budaya seperti wayang golek, tari topeng, permainan Angklung * dan anda dapat ikut menari bersama anak-anak kecil.

Saung Angklung Udjo, Bandung, Indonesia

Saung Angklung Udjo, Bandung

Berjalan-Jalan di Banjaran Kampung Sawah

Bagaimana mungkin anda datang ke Asia tanpa terpesona deretan sawah hijau yang indah. Tidak banyak orang yang tahu, Bandung benar-benar memiliki sawah dan beberapa sawah terletak di banjaran. Anda dapat bertanya pada penduduk sekitar dimana lokasinya dan pergilah ke sana untuk menyegarkan jiwa. Ada satu rupanya di Kampung Sawah Ciwidey!

Kampung Sawah di Banjaran Bandung, Indonesia

Kampung Sawah di Banjaran Bandung

Tempat-tempat yang Wajib Dilihat di Bandung

Kawah Putih

Pasti berada di daftar teratas tempat wisata yang harus anda kunjungi, danau cantik seperti dalam film akan memukau mata anda. Terletak di daerah pegunungan dan membutuhkan waktu sekitar 2 jam dari pusat kota Bandung. Walaupun berhawa dingin waspadalah dengan sengatan matahari karena langit benar-benar cerah di sini tanpa anda sadari. Kawah Putih merupakan danau sulfur yang berasal dari letusan gunung berapi. Anda dapat mengeksplorasi tempat ini dalam waktu 30 menit melaluiKawah Putih, Bandung Tour *.

Kawah Putih, Bandung, Java, Indonesia

Kawah Putih, Bandung, Java

Tangkuban Perahu

Sekitar 1,5 jam dari Bandung, Tangkuban Perahu merupakan kawah yang terbentuk dari letusan gunung berapi di Indonesia yang harus anda kunjungi untuk pemandangan dari atas yang mengagumkan. Mungkin Tangkuban Perahu berada di urutan kedua setelah Kawah Putih tapi danau ini masih sangat layak untuk dilihat.

Villa Isola

Dibangun oleh seorang jutawan Italia dan terletak di bagian utara Bandung menghadap pemandangan kota Bandung bagian selatan.

Tangkuban Perahu, Bandung, Java, Indonesia

Tangkuban Perahu, Bandung, Java

Gedung Sate and the view

Dibangun dan digunakan oleh perusahaan-perusahaan Belanda, terkenal karena dekorasi satenya. Gedung ini memiliki 6 ornamen yang melambangkan 6 juta guldens. Saat ini Gedung Sate digunakan sebagai kantor Gubernur Jawa Barat. Beruntung, tempat ini dibuka untuk umum dan jangan lupa untuk melihat-lihat dan menikmati minuman di lantai atas sambil melihat keelokan kota Bandung.

Gedung Merdeka

Gedung lain berarsitektur gaya Belanda yang dibangun untuk bangsawan di masa lalu dan terkenal karena menjadi tempat berlangsungnya Konferensi Asia Afrika yang pertama. Walaupun tidak banyak atraksi di sini tapi layak untuk dikunjungi jika anda kebetulan berada di dekatnya.

Gedung Merdeka, Bandung, Java, Indonesia

Gedung Merdeka, Bandung, Java

Jadi, inilah 10 kegiatan terbaik yang ditawarkan Bandung dan tempat-tempat yang wajib dikunjungi. Anda akan kagum dengan bagaimana anda dapat bersenang-senang tanpa menghabiskan banyak hal, terutama bagi anda yang memiliki anggaran untuk backpaking di Indonesia, meskipun membawa banyak belanjaan itu cerita lain! Untuk informasi lebih lanjut anda dapat membaca petunjuk perjalanan ke Bandung.

Photo credits from top: Irwandy Mazwir, Azlan DuPree, Chen Wu, nomilknocry, firmatography, Irwandy Mazwir and MangAndri Kasep

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Top 10 Fun Things to do for Free in Jakarta

Traveling in Jakarta and not wanting to spend any more money in the many tourist attractions along your travel here or elsewhere? Already seen and done all there is as a tourist? Thinking what else to do without using up your travel budget anymore?

Well good news, there are more to Jakarta than just traffic jams, eating, shopping and all the tourist attractions that you would need to pay for. You will be surprised that there is a lot of fun things to do in Jakarta that is actually free!

Here are Top 10 Fun Things to Do for Free in Jakarta for you:

Car Free day in Sudirman every Sunday
There will be no motorized vehicles on Jalan Sudirman every Sunday after the Jakarta government had decided to enforce this due to the success of the initial trial. Now every Sunday from 6am to 12pm, you can roam the street from Jalan Sudirman to Jalan Thamrin without any vehicles to hamper your activity. Many people come here for a run, where this 5km stretch will run from Monas in the north to Semanggi Cloverleaf in the south. Others come here for a family day out to enjoy walking around the golden triangle. At the same time, many opportunists opened up stalls selling local food and even coffee!

SJakarta Car-free day at Sudirman, Indonesia

Jakarta Car-free day at Sudirman. Photo by Brianna Laugher

After the car-free walk come and enjoy the National Monument Monas
Monas National Monument is well known and well loved by the people as it stood prominently in the center of Jakarta at Merdeka (freedom) Square park. This 137-meter monument is known stands magnificently against the backdrop of hustling and bustling Jakarta. You will get an interesting view and sort of an orientation of where you stand in this hectic city.

National Monument Monas, Jakarta, Indonesia

National Monument Monas. Photo by Victor Ulijn

Then pass by the Presidential Palace (Istana Negara)
This palace that is also known as the Merdeka Palace (Istana Merdeka) is located in between the veteran street and North Medan Merdeka street, facing National Monument at the south and Ciliwung River to the north. This neoclassic building from Dutch origin is used as the official residence of the President of Indonesia. The palace was renamed to Merdeka, which means freedom in Indonesian in 1948 when the country gained independence. This palace is a regal sight and would host various important state events like the annual Independence Day ceremony.

Fatahillah Square, Jakarta, Indonesia

Fatahillah Square, Jakarta. Photo by Brian Giesen

Check out Fatahillah Square (Taman Fatahillah)
Also known as the Old Batavia, this place is the historical part of Jakarta and located in Kotas. Fatahillah square was built during the Dutch Colonial times back in the 16th century as the heart of the walled city. It boasts many tourist attractions like the Jakarta History Musem and other colonial buildings. Walk around to take in the sights for free and also enjoy the many antics of the artisans and performers that entertain here on weekends. You may also sit around and absorb in the age-old culture of the place while enjoying the view of the fountain.

Chinatown, Jakarta, Indonesia

Chinatown, Jakarta. Photo by Jakob Montrasio

Wander around Chinatown
Chinatown, also known as Glodok, is made of narrow streets lined with malls and various stalls selling all kinds of things from antiques, laptops to food. Come here to enjoy with the flock of people the many good foods you can find here or simply find a place to sit down and have tea and people watch. There are also some beautiful Chinese temples as tourist sights to be enjoyed like the Da Shi Miao or the Vihara Dharma Bhakti temples.

Catch a bus ride around the city
Yes technically not free but the price is so ridiculously cheap at 4000 Rp it is almost as good as free. Take a bus ride around the city and have a good experience on this special bus ride that is known as Bus Istimewa, literally special bus. The name is due to the fact that the bus has its own special lane that only it can use while the rest of the millions of cars have to squeeze into the other lanes. If you do not want to be crushed by the many people that take the bus daily, try it on a weekend.

 Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta, Indonesia

Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta. Photo by Prayudi Hartono

Marvel at Istiqlal Mosque (Mesjid Istiqlal)
This amazing structure should be one of the top things to do in Jakarta even if it is not free, but here to top it off it is! Istiqlal Mosque is the largest mosque in Southeast Asia and has the highest capacity – up to 200, 000 persons maximum. This impressive building consists of four floors of beautiful sculptures and surrounded by balconies. World leaders around the world have come to visit this mosque themselves. It is located just next to Merdeka Square and Jakarta Cathedral.

Continue to Jakarta Cathedral

 Jakarta Cathedral, Indonesia

Jakarta Cathedral. Photo by Spidysg

This cathedral in Jakarta has its own unique architecture for a church, somewhat reminiscent of Notre Dame of Paris with its two tall spires. Jakarta cathedral dates back to Dutch colonial era. It opens 7 days a week for visitors or worshippers. Standing large and looming, it also brings peace and serenity and definitely worth a visit for a photo or two.

End the day with the bustling Pasar Baru (New Market)
Come here for a free walk down memory lane in Pasar Baru, enjoying the many local and family-run businesses here. You will be enticed with local goods, vintage fashions and knick-knacks. You will also find that you are spoilt with choices of good local Indonesian foods such as bakmi. Start walking from Metro Atom at Jalan H. Samanhudi and then walk towards the rear end which is the Jakarta Art center ( Gedung Kesenian Jakarta).

Or just join a Free Walking Tour
With free walking tours that, you will have a guide that will let you learn more insights into the past and present of Jakarta. These are usually what makes a walking tour worthwhile when you truly understand the places that you visit. Read about all the available walking tours in Jakarta and if you want to go straight to a Jakarta Free Walking Tour, you can find it here.

As you can see there are so many fun and free things to do in Jakarta that is possible despite the city’s crazy traffic and immensity in size. Do share if you know more fun and free things to do in Jakarta!

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