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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Ancol Dream Land

Taman Impian Jaya Ancol otherwise known as Ancol Dreamland is an integral part of Ancol Bay City, a resort destination located along Jakarta's waterfront, in Ancol Kelurahan, Pademangan, Indonesia.

It is owned by PT. Pembangunan Jaya Ancol Tbk. (They manage the resort and develop housing estates along Jakarta Bay). Ancol Dreamland opened in 1966 and it is currently the largest integrated tourism area in South East Asia. Boasting an international championship golf course, a theme park, hotels and other recreational facilities.

Ancol Dreamland has several water parks dedicated for both animals and entertainment. These parks include Atlantis Water Adventure (Water park), Gelanggang Samudra (Animals), SeaWorld (Aquarium), and 2 Beaches.

Ancol Dreamland has several facilities dedicated to just entertaining its guests. One of these facilities is Jaya Bowling. This bowling center is the first and largest bowling center in Indonesia. Indonesia's National Bowling Training Center is in Jaya Bowling.

Ancol Dreamland also offers a location to shop for art. Pensa Seni is an Art Market that started over 25 years ago. It has become a center for handicrafts and art products. This art market has an open state, plaza, and souvenir shops. Pasar Seni has also became a center where artists would create and sell their products.

Ancol Taman Impian is planned to be expanded mainly through land reclamation along Jakarta's bay with the currently land reserve of over eighty hectares. Ancol Taman Impian is aiming for the Ancol Spektakuler 2015 (Ancol Spectacular 2015), a long term goal which include a major expansion over the current Dunia Fantasi theme park as well as the construction of Marina Sports Centre and Carnival Beach Club. The expansion plan also include the addition of new hotels, service apartments and mice facilities.

Because Ancol Dreamland is so large, effective transportation has been a concern. Some transportation methods around Ancol Dreamland include becak (rickshaw) and other vehicles such as gondola to help tourists navigate around the area to their next destination.

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