BANTEN & JAKARTA TOURISM
Banten region is situated in West Java. It can be reached about half an hour from Jakarta. It’s unbelievable, after the busy toll-way and hectic Jakarta as the metropolitan city; we enter a small and charming Banten.
This city has a lot of treasure to whom that have interest in history. Such as the ruins of Surosowan Palace, Kaibon Palace, ‘Masjid Agung Banten’, Speelwijk fortress and the Chinese temple Avalokiteshvara, and also the harbor of Banten, Karanghantu, that is still used nowadays existed since centuries ago. From this beautiful place also, Sultan Banten’s troopers took fight against the pirates and take defense from the Dutch.
Banten is thriving with the growth of their economy, this is proven by the economy growth figures of well over 6% annually. With mainly coming from the raw material conversion industries and followed by the service sector.
Located on the northwest coast of Java, Jakarta is the country’s economic, cultural and political centre, and with a population of 10 million people, it is the most populous city in Indonesia and in Southeast Asia. The official metropolitan area, known as Jabodetabek (a name formed by combining the initial syllables of Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi), is the second largest in the world, yet the metropolis’s suburbs still continue beyond it.
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.
Jakarta is listed as a global city in the 2008 Globalization and World Cities Study Group and Network (GaWC) research. Based on survey by Brooking Institute, in 2011 economic growth in Jakarta ranked 17th among the world’s 200 largest cities, a jump from its 2007 ranking of 171. Jakarta has grown more rapidly than Kuala Lumpur, Beijing and Bangkok.