Discovering Indonesian Diversity:

Embarking on an adventure, I found myself leaving the bustling streets of Lahore, Pakistan, for the exotic allure of Indonesia. Equipped with excitement and curiosity, my short journey promised to be a whirlwind exploration of Indonesia’s rich culture, history, and vibrance.

Jakarta

My first 2 days were schedule for Jakarta; the capital of Indonesia. We reached at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in afternoon, and I was greeted by the warm tropical air that instantly enveloped me. The friendly smiles of locals set the tone for the day ahead. I quickly made my way to Mercure hotel, checked in and commenced my Jakarta experience.

At Kota Tua, the Old traditional market of Jakarta, Indonesia

To start exploring Jakarta, I headed to Kota Tua, also known as Jakarta’s Old Town. Stepping into this historic district felt like stepping back in time. The cobblestone streets and colonial architecture transported me to the days of Dutch influence. Exploring Fatahillah Square, I visited the Jakarta History Museum, which housed artifacts and exhibitions detailing the city’s past.

Next morning, I woke up at 5 a.m. and walked all my way to Monas; a national museum and a symbol of Indonesian independence, just like Minar-e-Pakistan. People were jogging, enjoying aerobics, playing foot-sole, dribbling basketball, and cherishing the morning in their own ways. I had to wait till 8 a.m. to see the museum in the basement of the monument and to go to the top deck for panoramic view. Meanwhile I met students from one of the junior schools. I was told that it is compulsory for all public and private schools to offer students a recreational visit to Monas during their junior school.  At last, 8 a.m. struck on the clock and we entered into the museum. Here, I immersed myself in Indonesia’s rich heritage, marvelling at ancient artifacts, traditional art, and historical exhibits. The museum offered a captivating glimpse into the nation’s diverse cultural tapestry. Later ascending the monument, I reached the observation deck, where panoramic views of Jakarta awaited. The sprawling cityscape, dotted with skyscrapers and colorful neighbourhoods, provided a stunning introduction to modern Jakarta and its grandeur.

Later in the day I visited Taman Mini Indonesia Indah. Taman means park and Mini means tiny, but this park covers 150 hectors of land.  In fact, the park is the miniature or tiny representation of entire Indonesia. This expansive park showcased Indonesia’s diverse cultural heritage through recreated traditional houses, museums, and performances. There are 34 provinces in Indonesia and Taman Mini has 34 pavilions to represent each province. A welcome was given with a traditional music and dance performance. Strolling through lush gardens and serene ponds, I marvelled at the country’s natural beauty.

Exploring just the park requires minimum 3 days but we had only few hours. Beside visiting different pavilion at the park, I had a chance to interview the President of Taman Mini Ms. Claudia Ingkiriwang. She explained the philosophy behind Taman Mini and how this park helps children to get introduced and engaged with all cultures of Indonesia. The day was almost over. We had our late lunch at Karimata restaurant hosted by Ministry of tourism and creative economy Indonesia.

At Papua Pavelian Taman Mini, Jakarta Indonesia

We had dessert and coffee at Jakarta’s highest open rooftop café SKYE on 56th floor. SKYE offered not only delectable cuisine but also breathtaking panoramic views of the city’s iconic skyline. The café is stylish and offers sophisticated atmosphere. The dim lighting and cozy seating arrangements created an intimate and relaxing ambiance, perfect for a memorable dining experience.

The highlight of SKYE Café was undoubtedly its outdoor terrace, offering an unrivalled view of Jakarta’s sprawling skyline. As I stepped onto the terrace, a breathtaking panorama unfolded before me. The twinkling lights of the cityscape, combined with the warm evening breeze, set the stage for an enchanting evening.

The day was not over for me yet. I had to see the night life of Jakarta. So visited the Asia’s biggest night club The H Club; an electrifying destination that promises an unforgettable experience. As twilight descends, H Club comes alive, pulsating with energy and music. The sleek and stylish interior creates an immersive atmosphere, beckoning partygoers to the dance floor.

The talented DJs spin an eclectic mix of beats, setting the stage for an exhilarating night of dancing and celebration. The expertly crafted drinks flow freely, further enhancing the festive ambiance. H Club’s lively and energetic environment, coupled with its electric atmosphere, ensures that every visit is a night to remember in the heart of Jakarta’s nightlife scene.

Very next morning we met the president Antara News Agency. Antara is an Indonesian news agency organized as a statutory corporation. It is the country’s national news agency just like APP (Associate Press of Pakistan) in Pakistan, supplying news reports to many domestic media organizations. It is the only organization authorized to distribute news materials created by foreign news agencies.  As a respected and influential figure in the media industry, the President Director Antara Mr. Meidyatama Suryodiningrat radiated professionalism and knowledge. This encounter left a lasting impression, reminding me of the vital role media plays in shaping society and fostering informed dialogue. In the evening one of our friends had birthday and we celebrated his day with zeal and joy.

With President Antara News Agency Indonesia

Their passion for journalism and commitment to delivering accurate and reliable news was palpable. Engaging in conversation, their insights and perspectives provided valuable glimpses into the intricacies of the news agency’s operations. It was an honour to witness firsthand the President’s dedication to upholding journalistic integrity and promoting press freedom.

This night was hard, because next day I had to leave Jakarta unexplored, checkout and catch the flight, but at the same time there was an excitement to witness another part of Indonesia.