Let’s get acquainted with Sarinah, Indonesia’s First Mall


Sarinah Mall is the first modern trading center in Indonesia. This mall was built on August 17, 1962 and officially opened on August 15, 1966.

The construction of the Sarinah mall was initiated directly by President Sukarno. With the aim of accommodating domestic product trading activities, it also helps Indonesia’s economic growth.

Origin of the name Sarinah

Sarinah’s name was taken from the caretaker of President Sukarno. He pinned the name as a form of respect and love for the caregiver who had a major influence on his life.

In accordance with its development mission, Sarinah has become a trading center that prioritizes domestic products. This is shown by Sarinah’s portrait in the 1970s. There is a sign that reads ‘Week of Promotion of Domestic Products’. During the same era, batik cloths were also exhibited and worn by traders in Sarinah.

Sarinah's portrait from the beginning of development to the present.Sarinah’s portrait from the beginning of development to the present. (Yasmin Nurfadila/detikTravel)

Apart from selling domestic products, Sarinah also holds cultural events. One of them is seen in a portrait from the 1990s. This portrait shows the puppet show in Sarinah.

Sarinah’s mission to focus on local products continues today. The department store in Sarinah is filled with various local products. Such as various woven crafts, batik-based products, to traditional Indonesian foods.

Sarinah Restoration

In its journey, Sarinah has undergone several renovations. Finally, renovations were carried out during the pandemic, in 2021 to early 2022.

After the reshuffle, Sarinah came to be more ‘Indonesian’. With the design and decoration of the building with elements of wood and typical Indonesian patterns. As well as various Indonesian cultural products and festivals that are displayed.

Various Photo Spots in SarinahDisplay of cultural objects in Sarinah. (Yasmin Nurfadila/detikTravel)

If travelers want to see Sarinah’s journey firsthand, portraits of Sarinah from time to time can be seen on the ground floor of Sarinah. Not only travel portraits, but in the same section there is also a Sarinah Relief. This relief was made at the same time as the initial construction of the building in the 1960s.

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