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Jakarta Post

Eye on the prize: Sea of customers swarm Tanah Abang, sellers couldn’t be happier

Buyers flock Tanah Abang, many to buy new outfits for Ramadan.(Antara/ADITYA PRADANA PUTRA)
Vania Evan
Jakarta   ●   Wed, May 5 2021

Southeast Asia's biggest textile market Tanah Abang is always jam-packed with customers, and a ramp-up in numbers nearing Idul Fitri is always expected. So it may be of little surprise that not even a pandemic could stop customers from flocking the market in Central Jakarta. (The market was closed during last year’s Ramadan due to the pandemic).

Photos and videos showing how particularly swarmed Tanah Abang was on May 2 went viral - a tragicomedy meme that people both lamented and made jokes about. An estimated 87,000 people visited the market entering the third week of Ramadan, as confirmed by Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan.

Inside Blok A of Tanah Abang, where most of the retail stores are housed, people were shoulder-to-shoulder. As the virus is transmitted through droplets, it increases the risk of exposure to the novel coronavirus at an alarming rate...

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