Jakarta - The Gateway to Indonesia
Jakarta is the largest and most culturally diverse city in the Indonesian archipelago. A converging point of many Asian communities, religions and traditions this dynamic prefecture is comprised of more than 300 ethnic groups that speak 200 different dialects and languages. With over 30 years of unhindered economic expansion, the city has established itself as the cultural, social, political and financial hub of the country. Jakarta is home to some of Indonesia's leading educational and research institutions. Its strategic location on the North West Coast of Java, makes it a principle gateway to rest of the 17,000 odd Indonesian islands. The city offers all the enticements of a tropical getaway replete with sun dappled beaches, pristine blue waters and lush flora and fauna. The best time to visit the island is during the Muslim holiday of Idul Fitri, as the streets are peaceful and less crowded giving you a chance to take in the sights and sounds of its many attractions. The city remains relatively cool throughout the year and any rise in mercury is quickly tempered by torrential rainfall towards the evening. Some of its prime landmarks include the National Monument of Tugu Monas, the bank of Indonesia and the country's national stock exchange. If you have had the pleasure of visiting this lush tropical getaway then this acrylic fridge magnet is a must have keepsake to remind you of your colorful experiences on the island.
Interesting Facts about Jakarta
Jakarta is a major sporting venue in Asia and has previously hosted the Asian games in 1962 and more recently the Asia cup of 2007. The city received its independence from the Dutch East India Company in 1945. Jakarta was given its name by the Japanese. Blackberry is a very popular smartphone that is patronized by Jakartans. The Blue Bird taxi service is a reliable and widely used transportation company that ferries Jakartans around the city. Shopping is a popular weekend occupation for people in the city and they enjoy spending time at the mall.