Jakarta is the capital city of Indonesia. As one of the world’s greatest megalopolises, Jakarta is very diverse in ethnicities, cultures, religions, and nationalities. These differences make Jakarta more attractive to visit or to live in.
In line with the national motto, Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (Unity in Diversity), the people of Jakarta live in harmony in the neighborhood. Jakarta is popular with cultural performances and music performances with varieties of music.
Public transportation in Jakarta also plays a great role in its mobility. Integrated transportation has reduced density and traffic jams in the city. Universitas Kristen Indonesia (UKI) itself is located in a strategic location that can be accessed by any kind of public transportation such as TransJakarta, Commuter Line, Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), online transportations, angkot, and others.
TransJakarta is one of Jakarta's most essential transportation options because of its cheap cost. With only Rp 3500, you can travel to every TransJakarta stations in Jakarta, even to the stations on the outskirts of the city. You need to have the electronic card before you can top-up your card. The bus is well air-conditioned and comfortable for you to travel across Jakarta.
Online transportation is commonly used across Indonesia. GOJEK, Grab, and Maxim are the most popular services used commonly. Usually, the available options are motorcycles and cars. Some of the companies even provide more services, such as food delivery, car-based transportation, logistics, health and fitness services, etc. The price for both its motorcycle and car transportations varies depends on the distance and rush hours.
Angkot is more of a simple kind of transportation. Ranging from Rp 2000 and above (depends on the travel distance), angkot usually is the first option when it comes to short-distance travel. Although angkot is not well air-conditioned and its delay time are sometimes too long, some people choose angkot because of its cheap fees and its accessibility to remote places that TransJakarta couldn't reach.
There are two ways to get to the airport using airport transportation, DAMRI bus, and RAILINK. DAMRI costs around Rp 40,000, and RAILINK around Rp 50,000 – Rp 70,000. The biggest RAILINK Station is BNI City Station. The airport closest to UKI is Halim Perdanakusuma Airport. RAILINK only takes passengers to Soekarno-Hatta Airport, not yet available to Halim Perdanakusuma Airport.
Jakarta also has three train transportations, LRT (Light Rail Transit), MRT (Mass Rapid Transit), and Commuter Line. Only MRT and Commuter Line are already operating, and LRT is still under construction. The closest Commuter Line station to UKI is Cawang Station (Stasiun Cawang). Similar to TransJakarta, MRT and Commuter Line use electronic cards to be able to enjoy these facilities.
Jakarta has many interesting places for tourists, both domestics and international tourists. These places usually have their own unique historical backgrounds. Here some of Jakarta’s iconic places that you can visit:
The National Monument or Monas is a 132 m (433 ft) tower in the center of Merdeka Square, Central Jakarta, symbolizing the fight for Indonesia. It is the national monument of the Republic of Indonesia, built to commemorate the struggle for Indonesian independence.
Taman Mini "Indonesia Indah" (TMII) or "Beautiful Indonesia'' Miniature Park is a culture-based recreational area located in East Jakarta, Indonesia. It is operated by Harapan Kita, a foundation established by Siti Hartinah, the first lady of the President of Indonesia in the New Order era, Soeharto. TMII has an area of about 250 acres (1.0 km2). The park is a miniature of Indonesian culture, with virtually all aspects of daily life in Indonesia's 26 (in 1975) provinces encapsulated in separate pavilions with the collections of rumah adat (traditional house) as the example of Indonesian vernacular architecture. The exhibition of traditional clothing, dances, and traditions from all provinces of Indonesia are also shown at TMII, East Jakarta. Apart from that, there is a lake with a miniature of the archipelago in the middle of TMII, cable cars, museums, Keong Emas Imax cinema, a theater called Teater Tanah Airku (Theatre of My Homeland) and other recreational facilities which make TMII one of the most popular attractive destinations for tourists.
Kota Tua (Jakarta Old Town) is known as Oud Batavia (Dutch "Old Batavia"), Benedenstad (Dutch "Lower City", contrasting it with Weltevreden, de Bovenstad ("Upper City")), or Kota Lama (Indonesian "Old Town").
The site contains Dutch-style structures mostly dated from the 17th century when the port city served as the Asian headquarter of VOC ( Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie) during the spice trade. It spans 1.3 square kilometers within North Jakarta and West Jakarta (Kelurahan Pinangsia, Taman Sari and Kelurahan Roa Malaka, Tambora). The largely Chinese downtown area of Glodok is a part of Kota Tua.
Jakarta is also known as the city of shopping. There are so many shopping centers in Jakarta that provide your various needs according to your budget. The cost of living in Jakarta is also fairly cheap. In 2021, Jakarta ranks 363rd out of 598 cities in the world in terms of living cost according to Numbeo1.
If you are a food enthusiast, Jakarta offers many mouth-watering culinary choices. The traditional foods from Jakarta usually involve using many spices such as nutmeg, bay leaf, basil, and other local spices. These spices contribute to the rich taste of the foods. From savory traditional dishes displayed by street vendors to expensive high-class restaurants, Jakarta has something for all. There are some famous dishes you should eat when you visit Jakarta:
Source: Resep Koki from https://resepkoki.id/resep/resep-soto-betawi/
Soto Betawi is a soup with a coconut milk-based broth with beef cuts along with chopped carrots, tomatoes, and potatoes. Some restaurants also serve soto betawi with other parts of a cow such as the liver, the intestines, etc.
Source: Muhammad Irzal Adiakurnia from Kompas at https://www.kompas.com/food/image/2021/02/15/070700275/resep-nasi-uduk-betawi-masak-pakai-rice-cooker?page=1
Nasi Uduk Betawi is basically rice cooked with coconut milk to enhance its umami flavour. It is usually served with a lot of toppings such as hashbrown, chopped sweet tempe, sautéed rice noodles, egg, fried chicken, beef rendang, vegetables, etc.
Source: @dad_dish from Instagram
Kerak telor is a crunchy omelette with glutenous rice as its filling, topped with fried shallots, serundeng (fried shredded coconuts), and dried shrimps.
Source: @ketelanjkt from Instagram
Ketoprak is a type of salad which consists of rice cake, tofu, rice noodle, and bean sprout with peanut sauce dressing. Some ketoprak also served with boiled egg or fried egg.
Similar with ketoprak, gado-gado is also a type of salad with peanut sauce dressing. The difference is instead of rice cakes and rice noodles, gado-gado is served with a variety of blanched and steamed vegetables.
Lamb Fried Rice is Indonesian traditional fried rice but with cubed lamb chops as the main ingredients, hence its name, Lamb Fried Rice. Its spices are somehow similar to Indian fried rice.
Source: Endeus from https://endeus.tv/resep/asinan-betawi
Asinan Betawi is another type of salad with tofu, shredded lettuce, roasted peanuts, crackers, and fermented vegetables as the main ingredients with spicy peanut dressing, but not at the consistency as the ones that’s being used in ketoprak or gado-gado.
Source: Menuresepkue.com from https://www.idntimes.com/food/recipe/badri33/resep-bikin-kue-pancong-lembut-bisa-jadi-referensi-bisnis-kuliner-nih-c1c2
Kue Pancong is bite-sized pancakes mainly with sweet condensed milk as the topping. Some vendors sold them with additional toppings such as chocolate sprinkles, cheese, green tea powder, chocolate bars, ice cream, etc.
Jakarta provides many choices of accommodation with right prices and good quality. For example, there are many good accomodation near Universitas Kristen Indonesia. Starting from low-cost and star hotels, apartments to boarding houses.
Hotel IDR 350k-650k~/day
Apartment IDR 300k~/day & 3.500k~/month