Jakarta, the vivacious capital city of Indonesia, is a favorite destination among thrilled visitors not only in Asia but in other parts of the world.Â The culture is so rich with history and Indonesians are known to be people who give so much importance to their traditions.Â Those who would like to catch with some rest and relaxation can do so while staying in any of the available hotels in the city.Â One great example is the Allson Residence Hotel Jakarta.Â But aside from immersing oneâ€™s self in this cityâ€™s unique way of life, tourists head over to Jakarta to do a bit of shopping.
There are various malls to visit in Jakarta.Â But for those who would are budget conscious, there are other shopping options, of course.Â One can visit the dry market or head to wholesale markets.Â One of the famous wholesale markets in Jakarta would have to be Mangga Dua or Two Mangoes in English.
Mangga Dua is not really near the city center.Â The taxi ride can last anywhere from thirty to forty five minutes depending on traffic conditions.Â There are different modes of transportation to choose from that includes public buses, private cars for rent or the ever reliable Blue Bird taxi cabs.
Aside from being a major shopping destination, the Mangga Dua district has its contribution in the intense history of Indonesia.Â For one, there is a famous battle site here between the Prince Jayakarta and the Governor JP Coen which took place in 1619.Â Another notable area would have to be the Sion Church which is known to be the site where Portuguese slaves were freed.Â If you join the Old Town Tour or what is locally called the â€œWisata Kampung Tuaâ€ that is offered on a daily basis by the Jakarta Historical Museum, you can get a deeper knowledge of Jakartaâ€™s notable history.Â Alternatively, you can simply take a stroll along Jayakarta Street and take in as much of Indonesiaâ€™s culture as you can.
But of course, Mangga Dua is more popular for its reputation for being a shopping hot spot not only for foreign visitors but to the locals as well.Â Do not be misled to think that Mangga Dua is small and that you can simply tell the cab driver to bring you to Mangga Dua.Â For sure, the cab driver will give you a confused look and ask you which specific part of Mangga Dua will be your drop off point.Â This is because there are actually six huge shopping centers which are congested in one area and some of them are even connected by bridges.Â If you have time, you can target all six shopping centers.Â First in your list can be the famous Mangga Dua mall then you can cross the bridge to reach your next stop which is The Harco Mas Mangga Dua.Â From here, you can head to the Mangga Dua WTC then to the ITC Mangga DuaÂ Â The ITC Mangga Dua is further divided into two complexes â€“ ITC Mangga Dua I and the ITC Mangga Dua II.Â Finally, the last two would be the Dusit Mangga Dua and the Pasar Pagi Mangga Dua.
You will most certainly find what you need and desire at Mangga Dua.Â Different merchandise items are priced at various ranges and much lower that what you will usually expect to pay if you were to buy the same item in the shopping mall or department store.Â Mangga Dua is considered by locals as the biggest wholesale complex in the entire Asian region.Â Over a thousand merchants that sell various goods at rock-bottom prices have been staying.Â A wide collection of products including fragrances, cosmetics, towels, linens, electronics, apparel, accessories, plastic ware, silverware, bags, luggage, and shoes are sold here.
Among all these merchandise categories, the target of most shoppers would have to be apparel, accessories and various forms of electronics.Â Locals would suggest that shoppers who would like to buy clothes can go directly to the ITC Mangga Dua or the Pasar Pagi Mangga Dua.Â Those who would like buy electronics at discounted prices can check out the rows of shops at the Harco Mas Mangga Dua or at the Dusit Mangga Dua.Â As these are wholesale markets, make sure to make use of your charms when you bargain for even better deals.Â If you get hungry, you can head to the WTC Mangga Dua and sample local food at the food court or even shop for some grocery items at the hypermarket located in the same building.Â Dimsum lovers can try some at the ITC Mangga Duaâ€™s food court area.
Tourists who prefer to stay within the Mangga Dua district can stay in any of the hotels that can be found within the vicinity like the Le Grandeur Hotel Jakarta.
Mangga Dua will again confirm that one not judge the book by its cover because underneath the set up of organized chaos in all the Mangga Dua shopping centers, you will be surprised to discover your own little pieces of hidden treasures that you will cherish forever.