AGM 2017 – Jakarta

Jakarta 2017

Welcome to Jakarta – officially the Special Capital Region of Jakarta, is the capital and most populous city of the Republic of Indonesia.

Brief Introduction : Jakarta

Jakarta, Indonesia’s massive capital, sits on the northwest coast of the island of Java.

A historic mix of cultures – Javanese, Malay, Chinese, Arab, Indian and European – has influenced its architecture, language and cuisine.

The old town, Kota Tua, is home to Dutch colonial buildings, Glodok (Jakarta’s Chinatown) and the old port of Sunda Kelapa, where traditional wooden schooners dock.

Located on the northwest coast of the world’s most populous island of Java, Jakarta is the country’s economic, cultural and political centre, with a population of 10,075,310 as of 2014.

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History

Established in the fourth century, the city became an important trading port for the Kingdom of Sunda. It was the de facto capital of the Dutch East Indies (known as Batavia at that time).

Today, the city has continued as the capital of Indonesia since the country’s independence was declared in 1945. The city is currently the seat of the ASEAN Secretariat as well as important financial institutions such as the Bank of Indonesia, the Indonesia Stock Exchange, and the corporate headquarters of numerous Indonesian companies and multinational corporations.

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Climate

Jakarta has a tropical monsoon climate (Am) according to the Köppen climate classification system. The wet season in Jakarta covers the majority of the year, running from October through May.

The remaining four months (June through September) constitute the city’s drier season (each of these 4 months has an average monthly rainfall of less than 100 millimetres (3.9 in)). Located in the western part of Java, Jakarta’s wet season rainfall peak is January and February with average monthly rainfall of 299.7 millimetres (11.80 in), and its dry season low point is August with a monthly average of 43.2 mm (1.70 in).

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Culture

As the economic and political capital of Indonesia, Jakarta attracts many domestic immigrants who bring their various languages, dialects, foods and customs. The “Betawi” (Orang Betawi, or “people of Batavia”) are the descendants of the people living in and around Batavia, and recognised as an ethnic group from around the 18th–19th century.

The Betawi people are mostly descended from various Southeast-Asian ethnic groups brought or attracted to Batavia to meet labour needs, and include people from different parts of Indonesia.

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Unique Places in Jakarta That Should Be On Every Foodie’s Bucket List!

Indonesian Restaurants in Jakarta – Trip Advisor.

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