The location that would be Taman Suropati was hill-shaped area. The soil was dumped to Besuki Street in order to level the area. The park was originally a court in circular form designed in 1912 by P.A.J. Moojen. F.J. Kubatz and F.J.L. Ghijsels perfected to avoid traffic jam in around the court.
In 1920, the court started the transformation to be a park by the planting of trees and flowers.
According to Zaenuddin HM, in his books 212 Asal Usul Djakarta Tempo Doeloe, originally the park was named Burgemeester Bisschopsplein as of the first Batavia burgemeester (mayor), G.J. Bisshop. The park started to be called Taman Suropati after the independence. The name Suropati was from a national hero Untung Suropati.
Across the park, there was Logegebouw (now Bappenas building). The park is located in the center of Menteng and is the meeting point of three streets: Teuku Umar Street, Diponegoro Street, and Imam Bonjol Street.
Taman Suropati, as well as other park, was used by the citizen for taking a walk and relaxing.
Taman Suropati was also used politically. According to Kompas, on 21 October 1965, Nahdlatul Ulama Jakarta Raya held a general meeting with other citizen supporting government policy at Konferensi Internasional Anti Pangkalan Asing (KIAPMA) and demanding the disbanding of Partai Komunis Indonesia.
According to Kompas on 21 December 1984, there were six statues or monuments from other ASEAN founders and officially placed there on 20 December 1984. Because of this, the park was considered peace or friendship symbol.
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- Mardiani, Annisa. "Rekreasi dan Beraksi di Taman Suropati". Historia.id. Historia. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
- Mulyani & Dwiharti 2011, p. 104.