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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
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 mind.
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
6. On the crossroads of religions
7. For the body, mind and soul
8. From the high peaks to the deep