Jakarta is the the capital city of Indonesia.
The name Jakarta comes from the word Jayakarta which in Old Javanese means “complete victory” or a “victorious deed”
The capital city of Indonesia is Jakarta. It is located on the north-west coast of the island of Java. Jakarta is an enormous city and is the centre of government, business and industry. More than nine million people live in the city.
Some old sections of the city have buildings that are hundreds of years old; other parts have new, modern buildings.
The oldest parts of Jakarta were built when the Dutch governed Indonesia. Then it was called Batavia.
In the centre of Jakarta there are many modern hotels, theatres, cinemas, restaurants, shopping centres, government buildings, museums and parks. Hundreds of thousands of people visit the city every year and these tourists provide work for local people.
Jakarta is one of the best places to shop in South-East Asia. Modern shopping centres are popular and so are traditional markets.
In and around the city there are factories making electronics, cars, chemicals, machinery and medical supplies manufacturing.
People in Jakarta live in modern flats and apartments or in low-cost, multi-story high rise houses. There are also single family dwellings and western style houses. Poorer people live in crowded kampungs.
Jakarta is the city with the most museums in South-East Asia. The National Museum is a popular place to visit.
Most Indonesian are Muslims and their place of worship is the mosque.
Watch a video of the sights of Jakarta
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