Jakarta - Endless Adventure by the Beach

In 2006, Taman Impian Jaya Ancol was renamed Ancol Jakarta Bay City (Ancol JBC). The change reflected more than just a cosmetic change, but rather a fresh vision to turn Ancol JBC into a world-class tourist attraction.

While Ancol has become a popular tourist destination today (particularly among domestic tourists), its historical trail consists of many twist and turn before it becomes what it is today. Back in the seventeenth century, the Dutch (being the colonial ruler then) developed Ancol into a luxurious residential area reserved only for the most affluent. To maintain its exclusivity, the area was sealed off and made off-limit to the locals. For once, its presence was forgotten, at least among the local population. After the Dutch left, Ancol encountered a dramatic change in fate. From a prestigious residential haven, Ancol turned into a mud dumping ground and was deemed too unhygienic to live in. It was Soekarno - Indonesia's founding father - who saw the massive tourism potential of Ancol. Under his visionary leadership, Ancol underwent massive rejuvenation. Through a successful public and private partnership, Ancol rediscover its magic with its scenic and panoramic beauty restored.

Today, Ancol has found its place in the hearts of many who come from all over Indonesia and is a place that many have come to love.

Ancol JBC offers a wide range of attractions to cater for the entertainment needs of every member of the family. One such attraction is the theme park Dunia Fantasi (Fantasy world or Dream world). Built on top of a massive land area, the park offers plenty of fun and entertainment. From the classic musical horse-ride that is popular among families to the wet rafting adventure that is popular among groups of thrill-seekers. From the adrenaline-pumping jet coaster ride to larger-than-life cinema that exploits the latest 4D technology.

Gelanggang Samudra is one place that offers a line-up of exciting edutainment attractions. Trained by intellectually stimulating and dedicated coach, different kinds of animals are ready to impress every visitor with their intelligence. From lovely birds solving the math sum to the cute dolphins doing a Waltz dance. Truly, Gelanggang Samudra will make your family outing a memorable one.

Swimming enthusiasts can choose to go for a fun swimming adventure at the water theme park - Gelanggang Renang Ancol. For sea animal lovers, Sea World is one place that you should not miss. Look out for the schedule, and if you are lucky, you would be able to catch interactive shows such as animal feeding.

Visitors - especially Couples - can choose to chill out at LeBridge cafe. The bridge heading towards the cafe itself provides a romantic trail. The soothing blue horizon would take your breathe away and for a moment, all your troubles ceased away. Sitting at the cafe, enjoying every sip of your favourite drinks while the sea wind breezes past you. What an experience to relish.

With so much to do and so little time, you might want to choose to stay in one of the few hotels that reside within the Ancol JBC entertainment complex such as the Mercure or Putri Duyung Cottage.

So, the next time you come to Jakarta, you know what should be in the compulsory list of your itinerary.

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