It was established in the 4th Century as a trading post in the Kingdom of Sunda. It was the capital of the Dutch East Indies, or, Batavia, and remained the nation's capital after Indonesia gained its independence in 1945.
Today, Jakarta is known as one of the reigning Asian cities, renowned for its large size, city skyline, high-end real estate, rapid growth, history, its waterfronts of bays, rivers, and ocean, monsoons, cuisine, and culture.
People Born in Jakarta
Jakarta in People's Lives
Olivia Culpo: I traveled here in January of 2013, to help host and crown the winner of the Puteri Indonesia beauty pageant in this city. I stayed for three weeks, and during that time hosted a speech with young Indonesian people about awareness of HIV, for the United Nations Population Fund.