The political, cultural and economic hub of Indonesia: Jakarta is the largest city in the country and enjoys the distinction being its capital as well. Jakarta has been described as a city that has experienced rapid growth, faster than that of emerging markets such as Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Beijing in China and the Thai capital, Bangkok. While the city has a burgeoning economy, the income and attention it garners from tourism is almost as hardly negligible. As a result, Luxury Serviced Accommodation Jakarta is in abundance and tourists with discerning taste will find hotels such as the Ascott Jakarta not only satisfying, but absolutely marvellous.
In terms of tourist attractions in and around Jakarta, some of the most famous landmarks include the Old Town and Merdeka Square while the old port, the Dunia Fantasi theme park, the National Museum, Plaza Indonesia and the Istiqlal Mosque are ranked among some of the most frequently visited in the city. The Istiqlal Mosque, in particular, is the largest mosque in Southeast Asia and is also known as Masjid Istiqlal by the locals. For tourists and foreign travellers, the mosque is better explained as the ‘Independence’ mosque as it was constructed in commemoration of the Independence of Indonesia from former colonial powers.
While the Istiqlal Mosque is a must visit in the city, its close proximity to other famous attractions such as the Jakarta Cathedral and Merdeka Square make it a difficult landmark to miss. Opened in 1978, the Mosque has been visited by a number of foreign officials of immense influence such as the former US President Bill Clinton as well as the present President Barrack Obama. Angela Merkel, the incumbent German Chancellor, Prince Charles of United Kingdom and even the deceased Libyan ruler, Muammar Gaddafi has graced the mosque with their present in the past.
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