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There are a few fitness centers around Jakarta where you can get a good workout. Bodyworks, The Pilates Studio has a branch in Darmawangsa Square with a full range of equipment and USA-certified pilates instructors. There is also Pilates in Motion Studio which has internationally certificated instructors from Peak Pilates USA.  The International Sports Club of Indonesia in South Jakarta is a favorite among expatriate Westerners. Membership is required for access to the fitness center, swimming pool, football/rugby fields and tennis, badminton and squash courts, among others. This country club even has a lake for sailing and a golf course. Classes for various activities like kung fu and aerobics are available as well.


Gelora Bung Karno

Gelora Bung Karno

Jakarta is also home to one of the biggest stadiums in the world, Bung Karno, which seats over 100,000. There is also a sports complex in South Jakarta with a football (soccer) field, shooting range and golf course, among other facilities, which was built in 1962 for the Asian Games. Indonesia also has a football team, the Persija Jakarta, which plays at the Lebak Bulus stadium, and a basketball team that plays at the Sport Mall in North Jakarta, which has a seating capacity of 10,000.

BritAma Arena - Kelapa Gading Sport Mall

BritAma Arena – Kelapa Gading Sport Mall


If the urban sports start to bore you, you can always venture outside of the capital for a few days for some wilderness exploration. The island of Java, as well as smaller nearby islands, is home to national parks, rainforests and beaches that are good for outdoor recreation.

You should also definately check out some of the Spa’s when in Jakarta. The Spa’s in most hotels are great but much much more expensive than you would pay outside. Ask the concierge for a reccomendation for one and ask her to book on your behalf. Prices for a 2 hour aromatheraphy massage should be 80,000 rupiah which works out to be around US$8. Spa’s in hotel’s are easily four times the price and not worth it.

Pencak Silat

Pencak Silat

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