The annual Jakarta Fair is back
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono officially kicked off the fair on Thursday in commemoration of the city’s 485th anniversary.
The fair, held in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, no longer belongs to Jakartans only, the President said.
"It has become a tourism attraction for all citizens of this country and has also become a magnet for foreign tourists," he said.
This year, the fair is slated to run for 32 days until July 15.
On its first day, the fair already attracted Jakartans’ attention.
Hundreds of people started swarming dozens of ticket booths just minutes before the fair opened at 3 p.m. More visitors arrived after sunset.
Ticket booths open at 3 p.m. on weekdays and at 10 a.m. on weekends.
At the fairground, visitors can buy discounted goods ranging from electronic and auto products, to furniture and handicrafts. Visitors can also enjoy music concerts held at two main stages in the fairground.
Admittance is Rp 20,000 (US$2.12) on weekdays and Rp 25,000 at the weekend.
This year, 2,650 vendors are participating in the fair, up from 2,600 last year. Fair organizer PT JIEXPO aims to book Rp 4 trillion in transactions during the event, up from Rp 3.7 million last year. (riz/mtq)