Tanah Abang

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The western half of Sudirman Central Business District is located in Tanah Abang District, Central Jakarta.

Tanah Abang (English: The Red Land) is a district of Central Jakarta, Indonesia. The district hosts the biggest textile market in Southeast Asia, Tanah Abang Market. Tanah Abang District is also the location of Bung Karno Stadium (in Kelurahan Gelora) and the western half of the Sudirman Central Business District.

Tanah Abang is also the name of two historic roads located in Kelurahan South Petojo, Gambir District. One of these roads, Tanah Abang 1, is known as the location of a former Dutch Cemetery, now a museum called Museum Taman Prasasti. The cemetery is the burial place of Olivia Mariamne Devenish, Eurasian wife of Stamford Raffles.[1]

The Textile Museum, generally known to be located in Tanah Abang District, is actually located in West Jakarta (Kelurahan Kota Bambu Selatan, Palmerah District). The museum is identified with Tanah Abang District because it is located close to the boundary of the two districts.

Tanah Abang market[edit]

A view of Tanah Abang[2] District centered on the Kebon Melati reservoir. The constructed high rise is the Grand Indonesia Hotel. The large green building in the distance is Tanah Abang market.
Kali Tanah Abang (circa 1910)

Tanah Abang market is located in the Kelurahan Kebon Kacang. The Kelurahan is served by the Tanah Abang railway station,[3] which is located in the western border of the administrative village. The market has been known to exist since 1735.[4] Tanah Abang market is the main textile trade in Indonesia and the biggest in Southeast Asia. Before 2003, the market was divided into three areas, known as Metro Tanah Abang, Tanah Abang Lama, and Tanah Abang AURI. Part of the market was destroyed by fire in February 2003, after which, the market was rebuilt. Other market areas, Blok A and Blok B, were added to the area in 2005 and 2010.[5] Blok A is the largest, covering 160,000 square meters, having almost 8,000 kiosks and is visited by about 80,000 buyers on busy days with daily transactions averaging about Rp 500 billion ($43 million). It is well known among traders from Africa and the Middle East.[6]

Kelurahan (Administrative Villages)[edit]

The district is divided into seven Kelurahan (administrative villages):

List of important places[edit]

Jakarta's iconic TVRI tower and now-closed theme park Taman Ria are both located at Tanah Abang, as shown here.


  1. ^ "Tanah Abang (Indonesian)". DISKOMINFO Kota Administrasi Jakarta Pusat. pusat.jakarta.go.id. Retrieved 2009-12-18.
  2. ^ "Pasar Grosir Online Busana Muslim|Tanah Abang Fashion Islami Terbaru". www.tanahabangbusana.com.
  3. ^ Krismantari, Ika and Multa Fidrus. "The vulnerable miss out during exodus". The Jakarta Post. Tuesday September 7, 2010. Retrieved on September 16, 2010. "Based on The Jakarta Post’s observations at Tanah Abang train station, Central Jakarta,"
  4. ^ http://tanahabangonline.com/index2.php?option=com_content&do_pdf=1&id=71 (Indonesian)
  5. ^ http://tanahabangreview.com/2010/09/03/sejarah-tanah-abang/
  6. ^ "Weekly 5: The tallest, largest and longest". February 28, 2014.