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Located on the north west coast of Java, Jakarta is Indonesia's and South East Asia's most populous city, with close to 30 million people living within the metropolitan area. Established around the fourth century, Jakarta became an important trading port of the Hindu Sundanese kingdom. It is now a busy and crowded city with many high rise buildings and congested highways. Locals often refer to Jakarta as 'The Big Durian.'


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Jakarta, Weather / Climate Chart (temperature, precipitation)

Weather / Climate Chart, Jakarta
Yearly temperature and rain chart showing the best travel times and seasons for Jakarta.


average humidity: 72 %
annual rainfall: 1650 mm
average elevation: 2m


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Wikipedia - Jakarta

Car-Free Day, Jakarta
Jakarta pedestrians, joggers and bicyclists take over the main avenue during Car-Free Day, on the last Sunday every month

Jakarta , officially the Special Capital Territory of Jakarta, is the capital and largest city of Indonesia. Located on the northwest coast of Java, it has an area of 661 square kilometres (255 sq mi) and a population of 8,490,000.[2] Jakarta is the country's economic, cultural and political center. It is the most populous city in Indonesia and in Southeast Asia, and is the twelfth-largest city in the world. The metropolitan area, Jabodetabek, is the second largest in the world. Jakarta is listed as a global city in the 2008 Globalization and World Cities Study Group and Network (GaWC) research. The city's name is derived from the Sanskrit word "Jayakarta" (जयकर्ता) which translates as "victorious deed", "complete act", or "complete victory".
Established in the fourth century, the city became an important trading port for the Kingdom of Sunda. It grew as the capital of the colonial Dutch East Indies. It was made capital of Indonesia when the country became independent after World War II. It was formerly known as Sunda Kelapa (397–1527), Jayakarta (1527–1619), Batavia (1619–1942), and Djakarta (1942–1972). ... read more

Wikitravel - Jakarta

kampung in central Jakarta
View across a kampung in central Jakarta

Jakarta's nickname among expats is the Big Durian, and like its fruit namesake it's a shock at first sight (and smell): a sweltering, steaming, heaving mass of some 10 million people packed into a vast urban sprawl. The contrast between the obscene wealth of Indonesia's elite and the appalling poverty of the urban poor is incredible, with tinted-window BMWs turning left at the supermall with its Gucci shop, into muddy lanes full of begging street urchins and corrugated iron shacks. The city's traffic is in perpetual gridlock, and its polluted air is matched only by the smells of burning garbage and open sewers, and safety is a concern especially at night. There are few sights to speak of and most visitors transit through Jakarta as quickly as possible. ... read more

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