In Jakarta the people live in the city and around the cities in suburbs.

In Jakarta the people live in the city and around the cities in suburbs.

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. 

Jakarta, Indonesia: There are many old buildings built during the time that the Dutch controlled Indonesia. Many are beside canals and in narrow streets.

Jakarta, Indonesia: There are many old buildings built during the time that the Dutch controlled Indonesia. Many are beside canals and in narrow streets.

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The oldest parts of Jakarta were built when the Dutch governed Indonesia. Then it was called Batavia.

Modern Jakarta

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.

Modern shopping malls are popular places to shop and eat.

Modern shopping malls are popular places to shop and eat.

In and around the city there are factories making electronics, cars, chemicals, machinery and medical supplies manufacturing.

Poorer people live in kampungs like this.

Poorer people live in kampungs like this.

 

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. 

There are many street peddlers in the streets of Jakarta, selling food and souvenirs.

There are many street peddlers in the streets of Jakarta, selling food and souvenirs.

The National Museum is just one of many museums in the city

The National Museum is just one of many museums in the city

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. 

Many beautiful mosques can be seen in Jakarta

Many beautiful mosques can be seen in Jakarta

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