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Hotel Indonesia Kempinski welcomes Asian Games with photo, memorabilia exhibition 

Jessicha Valentina
Jessicha Valentina

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Fri, August 17, 2018 | 11:15 am
Hotel Indonesia Kempinski welcomes Asian Games with photo, memorabilia exhibition 

Hotel Indonesia Kempinski in Central Jakarta displays several photos, showcasing the hotel's early years. (JP/Jessicha Valentina)

Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta in Central Jakarta is hosting a photo and memorabilia exhibition until Sept. 2.

Located in the Nirwana Lounge and lobby area, the event aims to celebrate the 56th anniversary of the hotel and welcome the 2018 Asian Games.

The hotel officially opened its doors in 1962. Inaugurated by the country's first president Sukarno, the property, previously known as Hotel Indonesia was designated as an information center for the fourth Asian Games in 1962, the hotel’s first major event.

The exhibition displays memorabilia from legendary athletes, such as doubles pair Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir, badminton player Tan Joe Hok and more.The exhibition displays memorabilia from legendary athletes, such as doubles pair Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir, badminton player Tan Joe Hok and more. (JP/Jessicha Valentina)

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In Nirwana Lounge, visitors can check various photographs from the hotel’s early years, including the first guest president Sukarno cutting the ribbon at the grand opening of Hotel Indonesia and other important events.

Meanwhile, in the hotel lobby, visitors can see memorabilia from legendary athletes, such as the 1962 Asian Games gold and silver medals received by Tan Joe Hok as well as Liliyana Natsir’s gold medal from the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Memorabilia from the fourth Asian Games in 1962. Memorabilia from the fourth Asian Games in 1962. (JP/Jessicha Valentina)

Liliyana said during the opening on Wednesday that she was moved upon seeing her medal in a frame, adding that she had loaned it to the hotel.

In regard to the upcoming Asian Games, the badminton athlete expressed her hopes that she would get a gold medal, admitting that since Indonesia was hosting the event, the pressure to win was high. (kes)

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