1. Jakarta: National Monument and Miniature Indonesia Tour
The tour begins with pickup from your hotel then travels to Jakarta’s principal landmark, the 132-meter-high National Monument. Towering over Merdeka Square, the monument is topped with a glittering flame, coated with 50 kg of gold leaf, to symbolize the nation’s independence. The basement of the monument houses an exhibit of 50 dramatic dioramas depicting the history of Indonesia from prehistoric times to the present. Next, visit a nearby Batik shop to peruse through the fabrics in a range of classic and modern designs. There’s also time to visit a Batik exhibition to learn more about the traditional cloth. After the exhibition, travel to Indonesia in Miniature Park, an extensive amusement park on the outskirts of Jakarta. At the park, wander through the realistically reproduced islands of Indonesia set in a central lake surrounded by pavilions that represent the 33 provinces. Each pavilion is designed in the traditional architectural style and displays a selection of cultural items. Finally, the tour concludes at the park's onsite Museum of Indonesia, a three-story building in traditional Balinese architecture. The museum houses a vast collection on Indonesian contemporary arts and crafts, traditional costumes from the various regions, puppets, musical instruments, and masks.