(; Indonesian pronunciation: [dʒaˈkarta] (listen)
), officially the Special Capital Region of Jakarta
: Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta
), is the capital
. It lies on the northwest coast of Java
(the world's most populous island). Jakarta is the centre of the economy, culture and politics of Indonesia. It has province
level status which had a population of 10,562,088 . Although Jakarta extends over only 699.5 square kilometres (270.1 sq mi), and thus has the smallest area of any Indonesian province
, its metropolitan area
covers 6,392 square kilometres (2,468 sq mi), and is the world's second-most populous urban area, after Tokyo
. It has a population of about 35.934 million . Jakarta's business opportunities, and its ability to offer a potentially higher standard of living than is available in other parts of the country, have attracted migrants from across the Indonesian archipelago, making it a melting pot of numerous cultures. Jakarta's nickname is "the Big Durian
", after the thorny, strong-smelling fruit of that name that is native to the region. Calling Jakarta "the Big Durian" is seen as a nod to New York's
nickname, "the Big Apple
Jakarta is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Southeast Asia. Established in the fourth century as Sunda Kelapa, the city became an important trading port for the Sunda Kingdom. At one time, it was the de facto capital of the Dutch East Indies, when it was known as Batavia. Jakarta was officially a city within West Java until 1960, when its official status was changed to a province with special capital region distinction. As a province, its government consists of five administrative cities and one administrative regency. Jakarta is an alpha world city and is the seat of the ASEAN secretariat, making it an important city for international diplomacy. Financial institutions such as the Bank of Indonesia, Indonesia Stock Exchange, and corporate headquarters of numerous Indonesian companies and multinational corporations are located in the city. In 2017, the city's GRP PPP was estimated at US$483.4 billion.
Jakarta's primary challenges include rapid urban growth, ecological breakdown, gridlocked traffic, congestion, and flooding. Jakarta is sinking up to 17 cm (6.7 inches) per year, which, coupled with the rising of sea levels, has made the city more prone to flooding. It is one of the fastest-sinking capitals in the world. In August 2019, as a result of these challenges, President Joko Widodo announced that the capital of Indonesia would be moved from Jakarta to the province of East Kalimantan on the island of Borneo. (Full article...)
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Soekarno–Hatta International Airport (Indonesian: Bandar Udara Internasional Soekarno–Hatta) (IATA: CGK, ICAO: WIII), abbreviated SHIA or Soetta, formerly legally called Jakarta Cengkareng Airport (Indonesian: Bandar Udara Jakarta Cengkareng) (hence the IATA designator "CGK"), is the primary airport serving the Jakarta metropolitan area on the island of Java in Indonesia. Named after the first president and vice-president of Indonesia, Soekarno and Mohammad Hatta, the airport is located at Benda, Tangerang and Cengkareng, West Jakarta, which is about 20 km northwest of Central Jakarta. Together with Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport, they served over 80 million passengers in 2019.
The airport commenced domestic operations on 1 May 1985 replacing the old over-capacity Kemayoran Airport
. The airport was expanded in 1991 to replace Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport
for international flights, which still serves domestic charter, VIP, private flights, and re-opened as a second commercial airport for domestic flights to relieve pressure over Soekarno-Hatta airport that is currently running overcapacity. The airport served 66.9 million passengers in 2018, ranked as 18th busiest airport
in the world by Airports Council International
, and the busiest in Southeast Asia. In recent years, the airport has received numerous awards and recognitions
. (Full article...
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Agnes Monica Muljoto (born July 1, 1986), known professionally as AGNEZ MO, is an Indonesian singer-songwriter, music producer, actress, performer, dancer, designer, philanthropist, and a businesswoman. She was professionally known as Agnes Monica before amending her new stage name. She is known for her image reinventions and musical versatility through her careers.
Starting from recorded three children's albums and became a presenter of several children's television programs before releasing her first teen album, entitled And the Story Goes
in 2003, which catapulted her name back to the Indonesian music industry. Her homeland success encouraged her to target the international music industry. She has collaborated with American musicians, such as Timbaland
, Michael Bolton
, Keith Martin
, Chris Brown
, French Montana
and Steve Aoki
. In 2017, she released her debut international album, titled X
under her own label Independently. Mo becoming the first Indonesian artist who charted in 9 different Billboard Charts
in the US. (Full article...
The following are images from various Jakarta-related articles on Wikipedia.
Hindu temple, Rawamangun, East Jakarta
Merdeka Square to make way for the National Monument.
One of the most monumental projects launched by Sukarno was the demolition of government buildings in
A Blue Bird taxicab waiting at a mall in Jakarta
Jakarta pedestrians, joggers and bicyclists take over the main avenue during Car-Free Day
Monas, the Jakarta landmark
Night view of
Jayakarta circa 1605–8, before its complete destruction by the Dutch, showing earlier pre-colonial structures before Batavia was founded
Football match at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium
Jakarta Old City Post Office at Fatahillah Square, Central Jakarta
Port of Tanjung Priok, the busiest port in Indonesia.
Glodok commercial area. The area of Kota and Glodok remained Jakarta's central business and banking district during the 1950s.
Aerial view of North Jakarta
SCBD, one of the central business districts in Jakarta
Sketch of the Japanese entry into Batavia
Jakarta MRT train leaving Lebak Bulus Station.
Istiqlal Mosque was one of the many delayed projects of Sukarno in Jakarta.
Kim Tek Ie, the oldest Taoist and Buddhist temple in Jakarta
Map of Batavia in 1840. Multiple villas started to appear to the south of the old Batavia.
1950s saw the boom of the informal
Taman Mini Indonesia Indah is aimed at supporting national identity and patriotism.
Most visitors to Jakarta are domestic tourists, and
Jayakarta in 1605 prior the establishment of Batavia.
Map of the Castle and the City
Kota administrasi) in Jakarta province. Each municipalities is further divided into districts (Kecamatan).
Map of the municipalities (
Wisma 46 in post-modernist architecture, the fourth tallest building in Jakarta
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