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“Ignore all requests to interact”
Review of Istiqlal Mosque

Istiqlal Mosque
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$77.50*
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Private Tour: Full-Day Highlights of Jakarta Tour with Lunch
Ranked #2 of 269 things to do in Jakarta
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Indonesia's largest mosque is a sacred place of worship as well as a center for conferences, lectures and seminars.
washington, dc
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7 reviews
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“Ignore all requests to interact”
Reviewed March 29, 2013

I'm a foreigner, alone on business. I had some free time and was attracted to the mosque thinking it might provide a peaceful experience, perhaps even somewhat religious, and it would be an opportunity to experience an important part of Islamic culture.

As I entered, I was greeted by a guide who said he was with the mosque. He wore a placard and knew the guards. Looked legit. The tour was OK, nothing special. A woman inside hounded me to donate to something or other.

The tour ended in a patch of woods. The guide took me there to get a good view of the mosque but it felt unsafe, particularly when he sat me down and, very uncheerfully, asked for 200,000RP and then 300,00.

I told him that it was unfair to spring this on me. A shady character drifted past us with a sinister look. I paid him 200k, not in the mood to barter.

If you're foreign, ignore all entreaties to interact. My two interactions were with an aggressive, annoying woman demanding I give her money, and a tour guide who bilked me out of $20. Had I to do it over again, I would ignore everyone and walk around, maybe have a seat and contemplate for a while, and then take off. Generally speaking, this is a place you can skip.

Visited March 2013
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Tutong, Brunei Darussalam
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Beautiful Mosque”
Reviewed March 25, 2013

it is the largest mosque in South East Asia which easily could accommodate 120,000 peoples. It is a beautiful and magnificent mosque from the inside and modern from outside.

Visited March 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Sheer size is something to see - if little else.”
Reviewed March 17, 2013

Just amaing in its sheer size. A very basic tour provided, so hard to get an appreciation of the mosque's spiritual quality. As the guide didn't speak a lot of English (even though a dedicated one for foreigners) -and we spoke no Indonesian - it was hard to ask questions or get any information. And don't buy black plastic bags from the old ladies out the front who insist you must have them to put your shoes in - you don't need them!

Visited March 2013
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DC
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“Astounding dimensions”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

It is an edifice of overwhelming size, though not exactly a tribute to architectural accomplishment. It is interesting to see how much of a social magnet it is, with some sort of activity going on under its dome any time of the day. Make sure to see the huge drum in the courtyard of this largest mosque in South East Asia. It is used for calling the faithful for prayers.

Visited February 2013
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Manila, Philippines
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“Religion and Beauty”
Reviewed February 22, 2013

aside from the fact that it is gigantic, Istiqlal Mosque gives you an undeniable divinity that is the culture and faith of our Moslem borthers. The beautiful architecture and massiveness of the edifice indicates sacrifice and love to their religion. Something worth emulating and celebrating.

Visited October 2012
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