Jakarta Authorities Launch Free City Tours
March 5, 2014
Published on Mar 5, 2014
The big wheels of the Jakarta government have launched free city tours via brand new double-decker buses. The buses are air-conditioned, with tour guides aboard.
The starting line for the 11-kilometer tours is the Bunderan HI (Hotel Indonesia Circle), just in front of the Kempinski Hotel Indonesia. The first big stop is the National Museum. Recently expanded, this treasury of history and repository of culture contains more than 100,000 items.
Another important stop is the Istiqlal Mosque, the largest mosque in Southeast Asia. It can accommodate some 200,000 visitors.
Near the palatial Istana Negara is the stop for anyone wishing to wolf down some tasty treats at the Pecenongan Street Food area.
Other stops include Gedung Kesenian (Cultural Theater) close to the shopping strip of Pasar Baroe, along with the National Monument.
Altogether the tour takes about 1.5 hours. Guests are free to get on and off at any of the stops.
Photo Courtesy ANTARA FOTO/Zabur Karuru