Jakarta is a city brimming with cultural and historical attractions. Yet hidden within this vast expanse of heritage are an array of undiscovered iconic sights.
Museum di Tengah Kebun
Tucked away in a garden in the Kemang area, this museum showcases Indonesia’s heritage through statues, paintings and artefacts obtained from foreign auctions. It is a private residence, and thus visits are by prior appointment only. Be based at any of the short stay apartments in Jakarta to make maximum use of your hidden-gems exploration. There are many convenient accommodation options to choose from, including Somerset Berlian Jakarta.
When visiting Jakarta’s old town complex, be sure to take a memorable picture in front of Rumah Akar. Translated as ‘roots house’, the walls of this structure feature a bizarre tangling of roots and vines, like something out of a mythical film.
The Mangrove Forest is an eco-tourist park at Pantai Indah Kapuk. Unwind by leisurely strolling through this hidden oasis amid Jakarta’s sprawling concrete maze.
If you’re looking for a quiet, crowd-free beach experience, head to Thousand Islands off Jakarta’s coast. This mini archipelago is home to clear blue waters, white sandy shores and historical ruins. Martello Fort on Bidadari Island is a must-see attraction.