Indian sports fans are already preparing to bid adieu to the FIFA Football World Cup after a month of festivities. But they need not despair as almost immediately after, starts the Asian Games 2018. Not as hyped as the Olympics, or glamorous like the football world cup, the Asiad is nonetheless one of the greatest sporting spectacles involving the most populous continent on Earth.
This time, it is being hosted in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. Jakarta is often known as the “Geneva of the East” due to several international bodies being headquartered here and conferences being held. On the more fun side, visitors can enjoy in the following ways:
Ancol Theme Park
This is a theme park right on the coast. The main theme park within Dunia Fantasi offers adventurous game. This place gives a panoramic view of the Javan coastline.
National Gallery of Indonesia
This place houses some of the best collection of art work from Indonesia and elsewhere. Artists whose works are displayed include national and regional legends such as Raden Saleh, Basuki Abdullah, Zao Wou Ki, Hans Hartung and Sonia Delaunay.
As the name suggests, Indonesian independence from the Dutch rule was proclaimed on this piece of land. The place has now achieved heritage status.
Museum Taman Prasati
The old remnants of European life are visible here as it houses a former Dutch graveyard. European arts and design are visible everywhere.
Old Town Batavia
Known as Kota Tua, this is a foodie’s and backpacker’s delight. There is ample street food to try authentic Javan cuisine. From the hawker’s market, visitors can also purchase a wide array of goods.
Known in Javanese as Sunda Kelapa it is the main hub for inter-island trade.
Paleis Van Daendels
Herman Willem Daendels was a Governor General of the Dutch East Indies who operated out of this palace. Connoisseurs of colonial architecture will best be able to appreciate this place.
Istiqlal is the biggest mosque in the entire Southeast Asia region. This mosque welcomes people of all faiths in.
Vihara Dharma Sakti
Located near the Chinatown, this is the best-known place of worship for the Buddhists. It is particularly significant as the Southeast Asia region has a significant Buddhist presence.
Southeast Asia is in terms of biodiversity, one of the richest regions in the world. No wonder, the authorities in Jakarta have curated a zoo to display the rich bird and animal life of the region in a setting as close to the original as possible.
Visitors to Jakarta must not restrict themselves to the capital alone, but feel free to explore the country at large. Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populated country and the archipelago is the largest single collection of islands, numbering around twenty-thousand of them. Most of these islands are tropical paradise with rains a constant. The diversity in languages, cultures and religious beliefs is also tremendous, so is a goldmine for cultural travellers.