Jakarta, Indonesia

Jakarta Skyline
Jakarta skyline taken from Grand Indonesia by Wikimedia Commons user Winry Armawan.

Population: 11.3 m (2012 est.)

Language(s): Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia)

Demonym: Jakartan (Warga Jakarta in Indo)

Area: 664 km2 (256 mi2)

Dialing Code: +62 21

Electricity Adapter: 230 V, 50 Hz, Plug Types C / F

Time Zone: Indonesian Western Time (Indo: Waktu Indonesia Barat, WIB) (UTC+07:00)

Overview

Jakarta is the capital and largest city of Indonesia, with over 10 million people, as of 2011. It is located on the northwestern coast of the island of Java, which is the most populated island in the world, with nearly 140 million inhabitants.

Jakarta can feel like a smack in the face when a western traveler first steps foot on its grounds. From the humid, hot air that immediately fills plane cabins upon the opening of the doors, to the chaotic mess, noise, and smog that seems to define traffic patterns throughout the capital district, this city can be a challenge. Most tour guides advise taking taxis to and fro when it’s necessary to get around, but I believe that it is important to walk the lawless streets and try the street vendors’ foods and be entertained by the buskers – it’s the only way to get a real sense of the local scene in Jakarta.

City facts put together in collaboration with sister site 6pt5. Language guides and more can be found on Shishek.

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