Good morning! And welcome to the busybustling streets of Jakarta Indonesia oh well I have arrived in Jakarta the capital of Indonesia now it has a reputation for being a bit of a busytraffic clogged city and I must admit there's a lot of traffic but while I'mhere why do I have a look around and see what it has to offerso I've got a grab taxi I'm gonna start at the Monas monument in Merdeka Parkand show you a few of the highlights of this beautiful vibrant city.
And busy city.
Whooa it's hot! Well I arrived at Monas from my grab taxi I got out, a lot of police around, then went to the entrance butit's Monday.
Apparently a lot of things in Jakarta are closed on Mondayincluding the Monas, the Merdeka Park and the museum So ha, scuppered have to go there tomorrow and show you that as for today I'm stillcarrying on my walk through the city parts through the central part headingto the mosque now and the cathedral hoping that they're not closed on aMonday and that I'll be able to get in and show you those.
Welcome to the largest mosque inSoutheast Asia Now this is D let me get out this correctly the Istiqlal mosquewhich is the Arabic word for independence and it was a built in, ooh1978 after seventeen years of construction.
Now the idea behindbuilding it was to promote a multi-faith cultural society in independentIndonesia and it is enormous you can fit two hundred thousand people in here.
Two hundred thousand people that is a lot of people.
Now because it was built tocelebrate the independence which was in 1945 or the proclamation of independenceshould I say the dome which I'll show you in a second is 45 square metersrepresenting 1945 there's also seven entrances into the mosque representingthe seven heavens believed of in the Muslim faith.
Anyway enough of that letme show you this beautiful beautiful mosque.
The mosque is beautifulyou can enter it's free to enter but obviously you've got to be respectful.
Ladies cover shoulders everybody wear leg covering and no shorts, cover yourlegs, and obviously take your shoes off and there is wash places to wash yourhands and feet before you come into the mosque.
Now if you're not a Muslim you'renot allowed on the bottom floor on the big red carpet that is for worshipersonly, but you are allowed to go around the outside and there is a balcony whereI'm sitting at the moment overlooking the floor where you're allowed to go.
You are allowed currently to take photographs and pictures but obviouslybe respectful and don't disturb anybody who is worshiping here.
Now as you exit the Istiqlal mosqueright opposite on the other side of the road is Jakarta's neo-gothicroman catholic cathedral the Church of Our Lady of Assumption Now it's no coincidence that the mosque was built opposite this church, the idea of thefirst president of independent Indonesia was to symbolize a nation's philosophyof unity in diversity where all religions could coexist in peace andharmony.
So the current building is as it was restored in 1901 the originalbuilding was actually built in 1829 but built, er fell, well collapsed during anearthquake in 1890 so let's go and take a look around Good evening, and welcome to one ofJakarta's oldest shopping streets and now this is called Pasar Baru andit's right in the heart of Jakarta it's near some of the busiest business placesyou will find in the city and it is famous for its cheap clothes it wasnicknamed Little India because a lot of Indians came and settled here and set uptextile businesses here hence the production of lots and lots of nicecheap clothing and materials so, and it's not tourist market, in factI can't see another tourist inside it's really a local, where the locals go shopping soyou can pick up some really good bargains hereas long as you don't get run over by a bike on the way.
So let's go and have alook around do some shopping And of course if you want shopping Jakarta has malls.
If you don't want to shop on the streets but you want a supermarket with brand names and mall food, oh you can find it.
But what you have do, is pick which floor.
And of course no day in Jakarta would becomplete without mentioning street food.
It doesn't matter which part of the cityyou are in in the evenings it bursts into lifeeverywhere and you'll find lots of places like this with eateries, different kinds, cooking the food fresh places to sit and enjoy your food they're sort ofcommunal mats you just sit on a corner eat your food you take your shoes offbefore sitting on, and just enjoy delicious home-cooked food and a bit ofthe friendly company even if you can't speak the same language you can sign youcan say hi you can show each other good food.
Well they can show you the food youcan eat it and see what you think anyway.