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Jakarta offers exotic sights and sounds for visitors

By Greg Goodsell
June 25th, 2010
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

The largest and most important in the sprawling Southeast Asian nation of Indonesia, Jakarta receives millions of visitors annually. Tourist attractions in Jakarta include historical monuments, religious places and entertainment venues. Jakarta is also famous for its glittering nightlife.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - A popular tourist attraction in Jakarta is the Sunds kelapa, the city's most famous harbor. This historical site served as the port from which Dutch settlers transported their merchandise to neighboring countries such as China, Japan and South India. Fatahilalh is another popular tourist attraction, where the old town hall and former jail, as well as various historical art and artifacts are preserved there.

Religious sites include the Istiqlal Mosque, the largest mosque in Indonesia. This mosque is also used as a center for hosting conferences, seminars and other lectures. The Immanuel Church, with its fine paintings and the baroque architecture is also a must-see on the Jakarta tour. The organ, the most notable feature of the church, dates back to the 17th century. Other spiritual places that should be included on the itinerary are the Black Portuguese Church, Mesjid Jami Angke Al- Anwar, Mesjid Jani Annawir and the Sikh Gurudwara Mission.

Museums are also a popular tourist destination in the city. The Maritime Museum details the nation's rich and colorful past as an international harbor. Among the most unusual museums in Jakarta is the Puppet Museum. At the Puppet Museum, you will be able to enjoy the indigenous Indonesian art form of shadow puppets. The Jakarta Fine Arts Gallery, the Textile Museum, Tamani Prasasti Museum and the Armed Forces Museum have much to offer the adventurous.

Among Jakarta's amusement parks, the Indonesia Miniature Park is among the city's best entertainment venues. For grownups, Jakarta's nightclubs offer a wide variety of music, spirits, entertainment and dancing.

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