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Jakarta’s oldest high-rise building Sarinah to have new look next year

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sun, September 6, 2020   /  03:45 pm
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Survivor: The Sarinah Thamrin department store, built in preparation for the 1962 Asian Games, was once the tallest building in Indonesia.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

Jakarta’s first high-rise building, Sarinah, will soon have a new look as it undergoes renovation to stay relevant to modern-day customers. Sarinah was built in 1962 and inaugurated four years later by Indonesia’s first president, Sukarno. The 15-story building, located in a busy quarter in Thamrin, Central Jakarta, has left fond memories for many. It was the first shopping mall built in the country. After more than five decades serving as a catalyst for economic growth, state-run retailer PT Sarinah, which manages the building, plans to change its business strategy and turn the department store into a specialty store that caters more to local brands. Located in the heart of Jakarta, Sarinah is losing its popularity. The country's first high-rise building, it is now dwarfed by taller skyscrapers and has seen a decline in visitors amid tight competition with moder...