The Jakarta Post
The Jakarta Fair opens daily and the tickets cost Rp 25,000 (US$1.76) per person on Monday to Thursday, Rp 30,000 on Friday, and Rp 35,000 on Saturday and Sunday. (JP/Jessicha Valentina)
The 51st Jakarta Fair officially kicked off on May 23 and is slated to run until July 1.
Located at the JIExpo Kemayoran in Central Jakarta, the annual exhibition is part of the capital's series of events to celebrate its 491st anniversary. Each year, the Jakarta Fair returns with a plethora of activities and promotions, making it a must-visit event for residents as well as visitors to Jakarta.
The Jakarta Fair opens daily and the tickets cost Rp 25,000 (US$1.76) per person on Monday to Thursday, Rp 30,000 on Friday, and Rp 35,000 on Saturday and Sunday. Those who want to know about this year’s fair should have a look at the list below.
How to get there
It is relatively easy to reach the Jakarta Fair as there is a TransJakarta Busway stop near JIExpo.
Those coming from South Jakarta should hop on the Blok M Terminal to Kota route and continue from Harmoni to JIExpo.
Alternatively, those who want to visit the exhibition can also use ride-hailing apps, such as Go-Jek and Grab.
What to do
As with previous years, the Jakarta Fair offers various promotions, making shopping among the recommended activities.
While you are busy spending your Idul Fitri bonus, your children can play at the playgrounds at Hall E or Hall B3-C3.
An outdoor playground is located in front of Hall E. (JP/Jessicha Valentina)
The former is an outdoor playground featuring various children’s rides, such as a canoe, swings, carousel and Ferris wheel.
On certain dates, the Jakarta Fair also hosts carnival parades, featuring popular characters like Disney princesses, DC heroes and Marvel heroes.
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What to see
The Jakarta Fair hosts music performances on the Main Stage.
On June 6, indie music lovers can check out local bands Lightcraft and Elephant Kind. Meanwhile, those loving heavy metal should visit the fair on June 28 as there will be performances from Burgerkill and Fear Crisis.
Furthermore, Sheila on 7 is set to perform on July 1 during the closing ceremony.
What to buy
The Jakarta Fair offers almost everything under the sun, including snacks, vehicles, home appliances and clothing.
Those looking for a drone can check the DJI counter and get an unmanned aerial vehicle at a price starting from Rp 5.9 million.
Guess and VNC counter at the 2018 Jakarta Fair. (JP/Jessicha Valentina)
Those entering the fair from JIExpo entrance will find various brands in the hall, varying from Guess, VNC and The Body Shop, as well as small and medium enterprises’ products. Here you can get VNC shoes starting from Rp 150,000.
In the outdoor area, visitors will see various consumer-goods packages, such as coffee, snacks, sausages and more. These exhibitors have prepared special offers with prices starting from Rp 10,000 per package.
In Hall B, visitors can check the automotive exhibition featuring various brands such as Honda, Daihatsu and Mitsubishi.
What to eat
This year, the Jakarta Fair presents a Balinese food festival. Located next to Hall D2, Wisata Kuliner Bali offers a plethora of Balinese food staples, such as nasi campur (mixed rice) and ayam betutu (Balinese spiced chicken).
A seller cooks 'kerak telor' at the 2018 Jakarta Fair. (JP/Jessicha Valentina)
Throughout the exhibition, visitors can also try Betawi dishes, such as kerak telor (spicy omelet) and dodol (traditional sticky candy), or popular franchise eateries, including Bakso Afung, Shihlin and Chatime.
- Do not throw away your ticket as you can get special promotions by showing it.
- Come at 4 p.m. as it is less crowded.
- Bring cash. Although ATM machines are accessible, the queues are frequently quite long. (kes)