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Everyone has an opinion on Jakarta. At times the traffic, pollution, creaking infrastructure and occasional sheer chaos can seem too much to bear. Yet people can’t seem to stay away. It might be an acquired taste, but the Big Durian is not short on fans.
In nearly five centuries the city changed its name three times, survived invasions from the Dutch and the Japanese, and is now home to some nine million residents.
Jakarta Has Handled Flood and Congestion Problems