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Renovation hoped to revive Tanah Abang’s Blok G

  • Vela Andapita

    The Jakarta Post

  /   Thu, May 2 2019   /  12:47 am

Compared to the other blocks at Tanah Abang Market in Central Jakarta, Blok G is rather quiet, despite what should be an advantageous location within Southeast Asia’s largest textile market.The three-story building is situated next to Tanah Abang Station, to which it is connected by a sky bridge. Still, Blok G’s empty kiosks and silent aisles, especially on its third floor, are a stark contrast to the hustle and bustle of the busy area.Most customers prefer to shop at Blok A and Blok B, which are located a bit farther from the station but are equipped with air conditioners. The two buildings also have more traders, whose packed stores offer various textiles, clothing, Muslim attire and other items. Blok G, meanwhile, has vendors of various products, from clothing, shoes and bags to vegetables and other groceries on the lower two floors.In a bid to bring life back to the building, the...