Situ Lembang Park, Central Jakarta

December 12, 2018 - Situ Lembang Park is located around 350 m from Suropati Park. But because it is in the elite residential area of Menteng that is not passed by public vehicles, the existence of Situ Lembang Park is less popular than its neighbor located on the busy edge of Jl Imam Bonjol. Read also the Indonesian version of this post at Taman Situ Lembang Jakarta Pusat.

While Taman Suropati has fountains, Situ Lembang Park has a fairly wide lake with lotus trees and a large fountain in the middle. In Situ Lembang Park there is also children play area, and visitors can also fishing freely on the lake.

Not long ago I had time to stop by at the park after not seeing it for a long time. The place is just like an oasis in the center of the city. My last visit was more than ten years ago, and it was merely to fill my hungry stomach as many food vendors were offering their delicious offerings on the side of the lake.

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Landmark of Situ Lembang Park in the middle of a green grassy park with background of a fairly wide lake with a fountain in the middle of it. Tall and shady trees help to provide cool air. Jogging track was seen neatly installed around the lake with a land area of 11,150 m2, that can be used for sport activities either to run or walk in the morning and evening.

There were much less number of street vendors on the street surrounding the lake, and none inside the park. There were only two or three street food vendors who do not have permanent points to sell their stuffs. I do not know the condition at night, perhaps more food traders are available there.

Situ Lembang Park looked much neater, cleaner, and better organized than I had seen on my previous visits. The lake's shape is almost oval with high fountains in the middle.

This area is open to anyone, and it's free. Fishing is also free. If you do not want to spend a dime, visitors can also bring drinks and food from their own homes. No restrictions on it. Prohibition of littering still exists. The green open space family destination is one of the oldest parks in the city of Jakarta. The water is said to come from natural water sources so it is relatively clean. Some seats within a short distance are seen in pairs on the side of the jogging track. But at that time I have not seen Jokowi's chairs installed at the park.

Although not many visitors were seen enjoying the time around the lake, not know how it looks at weekends, but quite a lot of children were playing at Taman Lembang Park. If you see their faces and clothes they worn, apparently they are not children from the upper class families.

The lined up arrangement of white stones for foot reflexology is also provided around the children's play area, so parents can use it while watching their childrenclosely. If at that time I only saw a statue of Dinosaurs, then hopefully next time there are statues of other animals that closely related to the life of Betawi's people, such as Bondol Elang, soang, gecko, tiger, crocodile, and other animals that have been far from the daily life of city people.

In some locations on the right side of the lake there were people who were busy with their fishing equipments. Some were sitting in clustered, and others were alone. Some were waiting with patience for the baits on the end of the hook to be struck by fish, some were replacing the baits.

Apparently it's not that easy fishing at the lake, as I walked around I did not see a man getting a fish in the hook. According to one angler whose age was around 30s, in addition to catfish and cork fish in Situ Lembang Park there are also some other fish such as tilapia fish. After walking around the lake my throat was dry and my stomach was empty. I ordered some snacks to a peddler. Good thing there is no peddler has a semi or permanent spot around the lake.

Situ Lembang Park is a nice place to visit although at that time no lotus plants were flowering, which if bloom would certainly bend the scene. One more thing you can enjoy there is the free wifi that was installed several months ago by order of Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo.

Situ Lembang Park

7 photos in gallery. Address : Jl. Lembang, Menteng, Central Jakarta. GPS Location : -6.198054, 106.834316, Waze ( smartphone Android and iOS ). Open : anytime during the day and night. Ticket : free. Reference : Map of Jakarta, Places of Interest in Central Jakarta, Hotel in Central Jakarta.
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