5 things to do at the Jakarta Fair

5 things to do at the Jakarta Fair
Cultural parade: Various cultural performances are set to entertain attendees as well at the Panggung Budaya stage in the Gambir Expo area and the Kampung Betawi stage alongside cultural parades featuring ondel-ondel (giant effigies) and tanjidor (Jakarta indigenous musical tradition) music group.

As part of the capital's anniversary celebration, the Jakarta Fair 2015 in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, is one of the most exciting attractions to enjoy for locals as well as tourists.

Open every day until July 5, with ticket prices starting from Rp 20,000 (US$1.5), it is a festival of food, shopping and cultural adventures.

Here are five activities that you can engage in at this year's Jakarta Fair.

Devour signature Betawi dishes

The festival has always been a perfect opportunity to savour the traditional cuisine of the Betawi people, such as kerak telor (a traditional Betawi omelette made of duck eggs and rice), toge goreng (fried bean sprouts) and soto mie (beef noodles with rich broth). Priced at Rp 20,000, kerak telor is arguably the most popular dish at the event. Vendors can be found almost everywhere inside and outside the venue.

Shop 'til you drop

Expect discounts and promotional prices of up to 70 per cent when exploring the stores and booths around the festival. The choices of items available are limitless, from fashion to electronics, food and drinks to furniture, motorcycles and cars to handicrafts and herbal medicine, from highly recognised brands to local small and medium companies.

Enjoy some music and art performances

At least three stages are available at the festival, ready to be graced by prominent musicians and artists such as Slank, Iwan Fals, Agnes Monica and Tulus every day throughout the 38-day event.

Various cultural performances are set to entertain attendees as well at the Panggung Budaya stage in the Gambir Expo area and the Kampung Betawi stage alongside cultural parades featuring ondel-ondel (giant effigies) and tanjidor (Jakarta indigenous musical tradition) music group.

Marveling at precious 'batu akik' As a nod to the country's current trend of batu akik (popular slang for gemstone), the festival provides a special area featuring booths selling the particular stone at the B2 Hall and the Gambir Expo.

At the latter, where its booths are modestly erected with wooden frames, you can find various types of batu akik from different regions in Indonesia with retail price from Rp 100,000 to Rp 10 billion.

Have some family time

There are plenty of attractions prepared to lure family visitors at the event. One of them is the so-called Festival of Lights, where there is a miniature castle made of hundreds of lampion of various shapes. A nearby mini 5D cinema studio where the children can watch a movie is also interesting. They are priced at Rp 15,000 and Rp 20,000 per person, respectively.

In addition to those two attractions, parents can also take their children to hop on a neon-lighting car, a pedicab or a mini train -- all available at the kid's playground area.

 

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