The world-class Gelora Bung Karno sports complex, a legacy of Indonesia’s founding father Sukarno, has been renovated for the upcoming Asian Games, which will be cohosted by Jakarta and Palembang, South Sumatra. The Jakarta Post sports correspondent Ramadani Saputra has taken a look at the history of the sports complex, from its inauguration to what it looks like today after having gone through a US$205 million renovation.

by Ramadani Saputra

In many parts of the world, sports stadiums signify the greatness of a country. Spain boasts Camp Nou. Built in the 1950s to seat 99,000, it is Europe’s largest stadium. China has the 80,000-seat Beijing National Stadium, also known as the Bird’s Nest for its unique design. As the largest nation in Southeast Asia, Indonesia is proud to have the newly revamped Gelora Bung Karno sport...