After undergoing a major overhaul over the past two years – including the closure of the country’s first McDonald’s outlet – Indonesia’s first and oldest mall, Sarinah, reopens to the public today.
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The building, which is located at the intersection of KH Wahid Hasyim Street and part of Jakarta’s main commercial thoroughfare, MH Thamrin Road in Central Jakarta, has a sleek and modern new look.
“This is the long-awaited moment! We are proud to present #SarinahTransformation. A concrete movement for the development and support of cool local brands to make the revival of the popular economy a reality! a caption on one of the recent posts on Sarinah’s Instagram page reads.
Sarinah returns with a “community mall” concept, which aims to attract young people and communities to come together. In Sarinah, you can shop and dine at your favorite local food stalls, fashion brands, and high-end batik collection.
Gather your friends to hang out in new places like the amphitheater, or enjoy the sunset on the skydeck and take pictures for the gram.
A number of historical elements in Sarinah are still available, including Indonesia’s first escalator, the relief of Indonesia’s first President Sukarno, and the reflection pool.
Sarinah was opened in August 1966 as Indonesia’s first modern department store. The country’s founding father, President Sukarno, started the state-owned company that ran the department in 1962 and named it after his childhood nanny.
After the reopening, Sarinah aims to be the center of trade and promotion of local products, just like what Sukarno commissioned for the mall.