Jakarta audio tour: Jakarta City Center

About the Tour

Visiting the bustling, chaotic Indonesian capital requires some guidance. Join local guide Farid as he navigates you through some of the most visited areas in the city centre. Check out the major highlights of the city and some of the most economically and spiritually important buildings in the sprawling archipelago of Indonesia. Discover a local's perspective on the stories that for centuries have made Jakarta a frenetic trading port and a historic journey's end.

Tour Producer


Farid Mardhiyanto

A native Jakarta who enjoys walking and telling stories about the city to foreigners.

Major Landmarks

  • Jakarta National Museum

  • Jakarta National Monument

  • Merdeka Palace Jakarta

  • Istiqlal Mosque

Directions to Starting Point

Start in front of the National Museum, right in front of the giant elephant statue in the front yard of the museum.

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Places to stop along the way

The National Monument, Ragusa Ice Cream, Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta Cathedral

Best time of day

Early morning is best, before the heat of the day.


Traffic in Jakarta is relentless. Always cross at the zebra crossings. Even so, be careful and raise your right hand when you intend to cross. Stay away from any large crowds of people protesting if you're unlucky enough to encounter them.


The walking tour was a good reason to get me out of the hotel and exploring the area. Commentary was decent, but could have explored the history of colonialism a bit more swept to explain why independence means so much to Indonesians. I couldn't find the ice cream shop--maybe closed during Ramadan? In the end, definitely worth $2.

Posted by Jim , over 4 years ago

Oh, and by all means, spend a few minutes exploring the mosque and cathedral along the way. Both are welcoming to tourists although the mosque has rules for non-muslims, but it's easy to navigate and they are very welcoming and made me feel comfortable. Don't buy plastic bags from vendors outside the mosque, but do remove shoes before entering and deposit with shoe service desk. Small donations (50,000 IDR) at the mosque are welcome.

Posted by Jim , over 4 years ago
Preview mode limited to first 3 locations.