Jakarta, Indonesia – the Southeast Asian Megacity, an Introduction

Reblogged from my other blog The Heartlander Tourist.
Originally posted: 1 June 2015
Original content on this blog returns: 1 November 2017

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The capital of one of the largest nations in the world, Jakarta is the only Megacity in South East Asia (there are a number of large metropolitan areas in the region, particularly Metro Manila and Greater Jakarta). This Indonesian city is home to some 11.5 million people and has been in continual existence since the 4th century.

It was an important trading port right from the 4th century, under the Tarumanagara Kingdom, followed by the Kingdom of Sunda, leading up to the Dutch Colonial era and it’s present role as Capital of Indonesia and centre of the ASEAN secretariat.

Jakarta History Museum 1Jakarta History Museum in Old Batavia of Colonial Jakarta

It is not just a capital city, but one of the fastest growing cities in the world and was recently ranked number one in a survey of emerging cities. The city has had four previous names prior to its current one…

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