Entrance to Ancol on the west. Sign above entry says: “Kawasan Wisata Tanggo Rajo” (translated: “Stairs of the King Tourism Area”).

Famous Hangout Location

Along the Bank of the Batanghari River

In the City of Jambi there’s a location called “Ancol,” which is located along the Batanghari River. People go to this location for the purpose of hanging out with friends and enjoying the famous drink air tebu (sugar cane juice) and eating jagung bakar (roasted corn) as they watch the sunset.

Ancol during the afternoon, before the crowds arrive.

For new arrivals to Jambi, names of locations can get confusing because there are often multiple names for the same location (like a park in Bandung which has 10 names). Ancol is more officially known as “Kawasan Taman Tanggo Rajo” (Stairs of the King Tourism Area). You may also see this area referred to as “Kawasan Wisata Tanggo Rajo,” or just “Tanggo Rajo.” For simplicity sake we’ll stick with the most common name: “Ancol.”

Ancol at night. Corn ready for roasing in the foreground. Crowds can be seen seated along the hill on the left.

View of Ancol from the east.

The word Ancol is actually an area north of the City of Jakarta which has the largest amusement center in South East Asia. This amusement center contains Taman Impian (Dream Park), or Dunia Fantasi—Dufan (Fantasy World, or Dreamland), and Sea World. Ancol in Jambi is not an amusement center. It neither has rides nor attractions.

Ancol, showing a view from the east, but from down along the Batanghari River.


Indonesian cities, wanting to add value to themselves or to a specific monument, frequently borrow terms that are well known and popular in the capital, Jakarta. That is what the Jambi citizens have done with the area they call Ancol.

Another example of this name-borrowing, in the City of Jambi, is the monument Taman Tugu Jam. The majority of the local people don’t know the monument’s official name. They only know it as “Monas,” an acronym for the national monument (Monumen Nasional) in the City of Jakarta.

Wooden speedboat which has two large outboard motors (bring your own life-jackets).

Ketek–type of boat used like a taxi for traveling on the river.

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Ancol’s location can be found by clicking this link. Ancol is also the location from where you can take a ketek (taxi boat) to the opposite side of the river. There’s also speedboats to travel todistant cities, like the city of Nipahpanjang (2.5-3 hour ride). There are also boats that can be rented for sightseeing.

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This is a video we made of a sugar cane press, used for making the famous drink, air tebu.

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