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Indonesia Capital City
by: Editorial Team

Due to its very extensive size and population, Jakarta has been given the status of province, similar to the other 33 provinces throughout Indonesia. As a province, Jakarta is headed by a Governor who is directly responsible to the President of Republic via the Minister of the Home Affair. Holding the dual position of city province and capital city Jakarta is considered a Special Region (Daerah Khusus Ibukota DKI).

Jakarta is further broken into five municipalities (Kotamadya) and one regency (Kabupaten):

  • Jakarta Pusat (Central Jakarta),
  • Jakarta Utara (North Jakarta),
  • Jakarta Timur (East Jakarta),
  • Jakarta Selatan (South Jakarta),
  • Jakarta Barat (West Jakarta) and
  • Kepulauan Seribu district of administration (Kabupaten).

Each of these headed by a Mayor (Walikota) and for regency headed by a Regent (Bupati). Each municipality compromised of a number of Kecamatan, headed by a Camat, and each Kecamatan divided into kelurahan or ‘village’ level.

In many ways, Jakarta is still just a collection of villages, with neighborhoods providing the basic services such as garbage collection and security. This is organized by the Rukun Tetangga (RT Neighborhood Head), who is an unpaid, elected official and carries out a number of duties. A neighborhood usually consist of around 20 households, and the RT is the head of this neighborhood watch system, carrying out registration for residents and visitors, and keeping records of births, deaths and marriages for the government. A group of RT neighborhood forms a Rukun Warga (RW), which is the next level below kelurahan.

Government Business Hours
Government offices are open from:

  • 08:00 am to 04:00 pm from Monday to Thursday
  • 08:00 am to 02:00 pm on Friday
  • close on Saturday, Sunday and holidays.

Business offices are usually open from 09:00 am to 05:00 pm, and generally closed on Saturday. Banks are usua1ly open from 08:30 am to 03:00 pm and closed on Saturdays. Moneychangers are open longer hours.

Shops open around 09:00 am and shopping complexes, supermarkets and apartment stores stay open until 09:00 pm, though smaller shops may close at 05:00 pm Sunday is a public holiday but many shops and airline offices open for least part of the day.