Sarinah shopping center is 74 meters tall and 15 floors located in Jl. MH Thamrin, Jakarta Pusat/Central Jakarta. This building was built on August 17, 1962, opened on August 15, 1966 and inaugurated in 1967 by the first President of Indonesia, Soekarno. Sarinah building actually built at a cost of war reparations from the Japanese government. Sarinah is the first modern shopping center in Indonesia, and also the first skyscraper in Jakarta. Equipped with elevators and air conditioning, which is a sophisticated facility that time. When Sarinah opening its door, Indonesia’s macroeconomic situation in a very bad. Therefore Sarinah is expected to be a stimulator, mediator and means of distribution to the public and run its function as economic stabilizers, a pioneer in the development of retail trade (retailing) and participates in the changing structure of the Indonesian economy. If you are looking for Batik or other Indonesian souvenir from all provinces or some ethnic stuff, this is the rights place to go.
Sarinah name derived from the name of Sukarno in childhood caregivers. Shopping center was first conceived by Sukarno, following his visit to some countries that already has a modern shopping center. It is also intended to make shopping centers to meet the needs of the people get cheap stuff but with good quality.
Sarina is a middle-aged female figure that fills the childhood of Sukarno. She became part of Sukarno’s family. She did not marry, she lived, ate, and worked at the Soekarno’s home. Sarina is a village woman who taught Sukarno about love. Sarinah taught Sukarno to love people. The teachings were rolling every morning, along Sarinah cooking in a small hut that serves as the kitchen, near the house. Sukarno always sat next to Sarinah. In moments like that, Sarinah told Soekarno, “Karno, first you have to love your mother. Then, you must love the common people. You have to love people in general.” That phrase always said to Soekarno by Sarinah every morning.
How to get here (see the route map)
From Tanah Abang go to platform 3/5 and take the Yellow Line heading to Manggarai and from Manggarai go to platform 3 and take the Red Line or Blue Line heading to Jakarta Kota and stop at Gondangdia Station. Take a 16 minutes walk to the East
From Sudirman go to platform 2 and take the Yellow Line heading to Manggarai and from Manggarai go to platform 3 and take the Red Line or Blue Line heading to Jakarta Kota and stop at Gondangdia Station. Take a 16 minutes walk to the East
See the link map or the map below