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Sikh Temple Gurdwara (Pasar Baru, Jakarta)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Visiting the Sikh Temple Gurdwara, just a few hundred meters away from Pasar Baru market, is one of the most interesting and original things you can do in Jakarta. Indonesia has approximately 15,000 sikhs, most of whom live in Jakarta or Medan. I was told that there is a slight difference in the origin of the two communities. Most Sikhs in Medan came to Indonesia as warriors for the Dutch army in the 19th century, while Sikhs who came to Jakarta were mostly traders and businessmen. Built in 1955, the Gurdwara Sikh Temple in Pasar Baru is the largest in Jakarta. There is another one in Tanjung Priok (built in 1925) and two smaller ones in Ciputat and Tangerang. All were built by Sikhs families from Medan who migrated to the capital. To enter the temple, you must obey certain rules such as taking off your shoes, washing your hands and feet, and wearing something to cover your head. You can borrow a hat or a veil at the entrance if needed.

Jakarta History Museum (Fatahillah Square)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
The Jakarta History Museum (Museum Sejarah Jakarta in Indonesian) is one of the numerous things to do for tourists around Taman Fatahillah Square. As the name suggests, it traces the history of Jakarta from prehistoric times up until modern times. In my opinion, it is the second best museum in the area after the Museum Bank Indonesia . It is located inside the colonial building which served as the city hall for Batavia from 1710 to 1913. In 1974, it became a museum displaying any kinds of artifacts, paintings, drawings, maps, replicas, furniture and objects about the history of Jakarta. As often with Jakarta museums, the building is worth the visit as much as the collection. In particular, it is interesting to spend some time in the nice backyard and to inspect the dungeon. There aren't that many rooms to look so you will only need around 30 minutes. Even though it isn't the most interesting museum you'll ever visit, I think it is worth having a

Kota Intan Drawbridge (Jakarta)

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The only remaining colonial drawbridge in Indonesia, Kota Intan was built by the Dutch in 1630. It looks similar to bridges built in Amsterdam at the same period. Connecting the districts of Pinangsia and Roa Malaka, it was manually leveraged whenever a boat would request access. The boat were usually transporting spices on the Ciliwung river up until warehouses located further down the canal. You can still visit them at the Museum Bahari  or the restaurants Raja Kuring and VOC Galangan.

Vihara Bahtera Bhakti, Oldest Buddhist Temple in Jakarta

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Vihara Bahtera Bhakti, also know as Kelenteng Ancol or Da Bo Gong is the oldest Buddhist temple in Jakarta. Built around the year 1650, it is made of several beautiful buildings on 4000m2.  I did not find a lot of explanations about it in English either on the spot or on the internet. Wikipedia mentions it is quite unique as you will find rooms dedicated to Chinese Buddhist gods, particularly the earth god Tu Di Gong, but also a muslim shrine for Muslim Indonesians. They are Ibu Siti Wati and Sampo Soei So, supposedly the cook of Zheng He / Cheng Ho the explorer. There is also an area in the back dedicated to Said Areli and Ibu Enneng who seem to be the parents of Siti Wati. If anyone has more explanations, you are welcome to comment below. The temple is located within an upmarket, quiet residential area and it is quite difficult to find without asking someone for directions. I made the mistake to come by foot from Pantai Carnaval and I had to walk alm

Museum Mahkamah Konstitusi (Supreme Court Jakarta)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
The Museum Mahkamah Konstitusi (or Museum of the History of the Indonesian Constitution) is located in the Supreme Court of the Republic of Indonesia in Jakarta. The Museum was opened by President Jokowi in December 2014. It is probably one of the best museums to visit in Jakarta if you are interested with Indonesia's contemporary history. It is very modern, with interesting displays and videos. The first part is more a story of Indonesia's Independence, while the second part focuses on the Constitution itself. If you ask in advance, it seems you can also see where the Supreme Court deliberates. Holographic display of Sukarno proclaiming Independence The major problem is that almost everything is written in Indonesian so if you don't speak any Bahasa, you will waste your time. They can organize a private visit in English but you need to call in advance to arrange it.

Museum Bank Mandiri (Kota Tua)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
The Museum Bank Mandiri is one of the least interesting I have visited in Jakarta. It seems that the bank did not know what to do with the building so they decided to put all their trash and old equipment there. In the end, you can see mostly old ATM machines, old typewriters, old computers and old calculators that don't have any significant historical value. They also have a few random mannequins. Overall : I see three kinds of people who could be interested to visit the Museum Mandiri:

Al-Anshor, Oldest Mosque in Jakarta

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
I visited Masjid Jami Al-Anshor, the oldest mosque in Jakarta, during ramadan. It is a bit hard to find as it is located inside tiny streets of the Tambora district in North Jakarta. You will probably need to ask your way several times to local residents. I was just going around saying "Saya cari masjidnya yang paling tua di Jakarta" and amused kids led me to it.

Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta

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The Istiqlal Mosque is probably the most impressive monument to visit in Jakarta, before the Monas. The largest mosque in Indonesia, the largest in Southeast Asia and the sixth largest in the world, it can welcome up to 120,000 people during special celebrations. If you want to see it fully packed, you should go during Idul-Fitri or Idul Adha. It was Sukarno who first had the idea of erecting a national mosque in the 1950s, following the independence of the country. It took 25 years for the building to be completed and it was finally inaugurated by Suharto in 1978. Interestingly enough, the architect of the Istiqlal Mosque, Frederich Silabanis, was a Christian. Also, the Mosque is located next to the Jakarta Cathedral to symbolize religious tolerance.