On the North western cost of Java island situated on the mouth of Ciliwung River on the Jakarta bay stands the extensive metropolis of Jakarta, also known as Daerah Istemewa Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia the eleventh largest city in the world. With a population of 23 million this port was known as Sunda Kelpa a peper trading centre. After the Dutch occupation it came to be known as Bativa. The entire metropolis comprising of Jakarta city, Bekasi, Bogor, Tangerand and Depok are known as Jabodetabek . Jakarta is divided by the Ciliwung river into east and west section. On the bay of Jakarta is located Pulau Seribu a group of thousand islands providing a tourist destination with white sandy beaches and excellent place for water sports? The jakartans language is indigenous and unique and is known as Betawi.

Appealing Jakarta

Jakarta has numerous historical sites dating back from the Dutch occupation; the old warehouse among them is worth visiting. Within walking distance are located the finest museum and galleries and has a minimum entry fee. Most book shops around Jakarta sell museum guides which are very handy.

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Transportation in Jakarta

Numerous taxi companies run for the visitors the best being Bluebrid followed by Cendrawasih, Morante, and pusaka Niri taxis for they rum on meters. Car is not recommended mode of transport due to horrendous traffic jams and difficulty in navigating through one-way avenues and silly freeways.

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