Celebrating Lebaran Holidays in Jakarta

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A view of the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta. As people leave Jakarta for their hometowns during the Idul Fitri holiday

Celebrating Lebaran in Jakarta: A Guide to Enjoying the Holidays in the Big Durian

Lebaran, or Eid al-Fitr, marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. It is a time of joy, family gatherings, and spiritual reflection. While many residents of Jakarta partake in “mudik,” the annual tradition of returning to their hometowns to celebrate with family, the city offers a unique charm for those who choose to stay. This year, immerse yourself in the quiet streets, open spaces, and less-crowded attractions of Jakarta during the Lebaran holidays. Here’s how to make the most of your staycation in the nation’s capital.

Embrace the Quietude of Jakarta’s Streets
With the exodus of millions for mudik, Jakarta transforms. The usually bustling streets become serene, providing a rare opportunity for city dwellers and visitors alike to explore Jakarta in a new light. Take this chance to ride along the empty roads, marvel at the skyscrapers without the usual traffic noise, and enjoy the cityโ€™s parks and open spaces in tranquility.

Visit Sea World in Ancol
Dive into the underwater world at Sea World in Ancol without leaving the city. It’s a fantastic alternative for those seeking something different from the usual beach or amusement park outings. The “underwater” tunnel offers a unique perspective on marine life, allowing you to come face-to-face with sharks, turtles, and other sea creatures in a safe and engaging environment.

Explore the Rich History of Kota Tua Jakarta
Take a step back in time inย  Jakarta Old Town (Old Town), where the Dutch colonial era’s architecture and heritage are preserved. Visit the museums, including the Bank Indonesia Museum and the Fine Arts and Ceramics Museum, and marvel at the 3D Magic Art Museum in Kertaniaga 1 Building. Rent a bicycle to navigate the spacious area more freely, and don’t miss the chance to indulge in the local cuisine at Kafe Batavia.

Explore Kota Tua Jakarta with Indoindians

Enjoy the Greenery at Setu Babakan
Experience the tranquility of Setu Babakan, a traditional Betawi village in South Jakarta. It’s a breath of fresh air in the bustling city, where you can enjoy traditional dances, arts, and a variety of Betawi cuisines by the lakeside. Activities like dragon boat riding, fishing, and batik painting make it a perfect spot for a family day out.

Discover Art at the MACAN Museum
The Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (MACAN) Museum is a cultural gem for art enthusiasts. Housing a mix of Indonesian and international artworks, it also hosts exhibitions from world-renowned artists. It’s an inspiring visit for anyone looking to engage with contemporary art.

Island Hopping at Pulau Seribu (Thousand Islands)
For those craving a beach getaway, the Thousand Islands offer a serene escape just a short speedboat ride from Jakarta. With both resort and village islands to explore, it’s an excellent opportunity for snorkeling, diving, and simply relaxing on white sandy beaches.

Pulau Seribu Jakarta

Experience the Culture in Chinatown
Jakarta’s Chinatown provides a vibrant mix of traditional Chinese medicine shops, temples, and culinary delights. Explore the historic Petak Sembilan Market and sample local specialties like Hainan rice and iced coffee. The areaโ€™s temples and the Santa Maria Catholic Church, built in heavy Chinese architectural style, are also worth visiting.

Try a Staycation
With many hotels in Jakarta offering special Lebaran packages, a staycation could be the perfect way to unwind. From luxury to budget accommodations, choose a place that offers the right amenities for you and your family to relax and enjoy the holiday without the hassle of long-distance travel.

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Immerse Yourself in Local Festivities and Culinary Adventures
Lebaran in Jakarta is not just about the places; it’s about the experiences. Engage in local festivities, try new foods, and enjoy the holiday spirit that envelops the city. Whether it’s participating in local Ramadan festivals or trying out culinary tours, there’s something unique about celebrating Eid in the metropolis.

idulfitri feast

Jakarta during Lebaran offers a blend of tranquility, cultural richness, and festive joy, making it an attractive destination for those opting to stay in the city. By exploring these destinations and experiences, you can uncover the beauty of Jakarta in a way that’s only possible during the Lebaran holidays.