Cultural afternoon The National Museum (18) on the west side of Merdeka Square soars to cultural heights on a par with the National Monument’s physical stature.
Beyond having an unparalleled collection of treasures devoted to the history, ethnology and geology of the Indonesian archipelago, this is a museum which celebrates the country’s cultural diversity.
Over four floors discover the origins, as well as the present manifestations, of civilisation on islands as diverse as Java, Sumatra, Bali, Flores, Sulawesi, Borneo and Papua.
Getting there Garuda International (02, garuda-indonesia.com) flies three times a week between Heathrow and Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta airport (19).
A taxi into the city costs IDR250-300,000 (£15 to £17) Staying there The Dharmawangsa (20) (the-dharmawangsa.com) is a haven of calm and classical Javanese style and luxury in the Kebayoram Baru area of south Jakarta. Max One Hotel (22) (maxonehotels.com) is a bright, airy, hip hotel in the Jalan Jaksa area, the main hub of the international backpacker scene.Any partners who know of such t-shirts being circulated or sold are kindly requested to immediately report them to the nearest police station.Eagle eyed readers will quickly notice that the photo bears the mark of 9GAG, one of the internet’s central hubs for viral memes and photoshopped funnies.The triple-spired neo-Gothic Jakarta Catholic Cathedral (17) faces the mosque across a canal, a couple of minutes’ walk away.The proximity of the pair is a source of pride to many Indonesians, presented as symbols of peaceful religious and cultural co-existence.