As the capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta is filled by massive apartments, residences, shopping centers, and office buildings. For those of us living in Jakarta, it would be a relief to find parks to sit and relax and soothe your mind from this busy city that never sleeps. So, here are five of Jakarta’s  best parks that we recommend for you:

1. Tabebuya Park

Tabebuya Park has an area of 9,626 square meters and was inaugurated in 2011. The location of Tabebuya Park itself is located at Jl. Moh Kafi No.1, Ciganjur, Jagakarsa, South Jakarta. Besides having a pedestrian that is wide enough for sports activities, Taman Tabebuya also has a gazebo to sit relaxed and take shelter. It is named Taman Tabebuya because it matches the plant or tree planted in this place, Tabebuya tree, originating from Brazil. The uniqueness of the Tabebuya tree is the flowers are pink like cherry blossoms that bloom at certain times, usually in the middle to the end of the rainy season.

2. Suropati Park

Lying in the upscale Menteng residential area, this park might be the oldest park in the city and the most relaxing place in Central Jakarta. Like other parks, in Suropati Park you can enjoy the scenery that has plenty of shady trees. It inherited its name from Suropati, a Balinese slave who rebelled and escaped from his Dutch master in 1684. A series of statues representing each of the original six members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) sits against the backdrop of greenery. These statues symbolize friendship, peace, harmony, and fraternity. This park also has a paved path which is used for jogging track.

But there is something special that this park offers you. On weekends, you can join some of the activities that are held in Suropati parks, like free yoga class, aerobic class, and violin practice Other that that, Suropati Park is a famous place for watch and listen to music performances from local musicians with various genre, without needing to pay anything, although tips are a good way to express your appreciation. Street artists also sell their work along the side of the park.

Taman Suropati Street No. 7 Menteng, Central Jakarta

3. Waduk Pluit Park

Located in Penjaringan, North Jakarta, Waduk Pluit Park was formerly a slum area. Thanks to the popular duo Joko Widodo and Basuki (Ahok) Tjahaja Purnama, this once grubby area was successfully transformed into a clean and family-friendly park. This park also has a track for runners and cyclists. Also, the existing reservoirs can be used for fishing.

Penjaringan, North Jakarta

4. Mangrove Forest

Mangrove Forest is located in Taman Wisata Alam Angke Kapuk, Pantai Indah Kapuk, North Jakarta. This nature park offers a relaxing and welcome respite from the sights of a city. Mangrove Forest is under the Center for Development of Ecotourism, and is well suited for outdoor activities. For example, you can explore the forest over the river using canoe or wooden boats and help conservation by planting mangroves.

This nature park also provides two types of cottages for you, in case you want to stay there a little bit longer. They are Rumah Kemping and Pondok Alam. Rumah Kemping costs between Rp. 200.000 to Rp. 300.000, and Pondok Alam costs about Rp. 400.000.

Mangrove Forest is open from Monday until Sunday, start from 8.00 a.m until 7.00 p.m. For only Rp.10.000 you can see a whole new side of Jakarta.

Kapuk Muara, Pantai Indah Kapuk, North-Jakarta

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