Tanah Abang[n 1] is a district of Central Jakarta, Indonesia. The district hosts the biggest textile market in Southeast Asia, Tanah Abang Market. It hosts Bung Karno Stadium, in Kelurahan Gelora, and the western half of the largely skyscraper-dominated Sudirman Central Business District.

The western half of Sudirman Central Business District is in Tanah Abang District, Central Jakarta.
Map of the district in grey, furthest south. Click for broader map and to enable varied magnification.



It is also the name of two historic roads in Kelurahan South Petojo, Gambir District. One of these roads, Tanah Abang 1, hosts the old Dutch Cemetery, now partly a museum Museum Taman Prasasti burial place of Olivia Mariamne Devenish, Eurasian wife of Stamford Raffles.[1]

The city's important Textile Museum is, contrary to what is colloquially stated, in West Jakarta (Kelurahan Kota Bambu Selatan, Palmerah District) just over the western border.

Tanah Abang market

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 in the Kelurahan Kebon Kacang thus next to Tanah Abang station,[3] on the western edge. The market has been known to exist since 1735.[4] The market is the main forum for textile trade orders in Indonesia and the biggest in Southeast Asia, with much of its business conducted by sample, enabling side-by-side comparisons of competitors in quality, design, and innovation in all types of textile applications and fashion. Major manufacturers and smaller, niche ones compete for market space. Before 2003, the market was divided into three parts[n 2]. Part of the market was ravaged by fire in February 2003 but soon rebuilt. Extensions and dominant parts Blok A and Blok B, were added 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, Australasia, and much of Asia.[6]

Traffic congestion


In November 2017, Governor Anies Baswedan claimed that congestion in the Tanah Abang district was caused by pedestrians, instead of due to the street vendors conducting business on the area's sidewalks and roads.[7] The city administration followed through by closing a 400-meter road stretch for traffic (except for Transjakarta buses) to accommodate the street vendors, against criticism from pedestrians, public transport drivers, and regular vendors.[8][9] Although some observers noted that the move might be a violation of national regulations, the street vendors and some city officials praised the move.[10] On 7 December 2018, a sky bridge was opened above the road to accommodate the street vendors.[11][12]

Kelurahan (Administrative Villages)


The district is divided into seven Kelurahan (administrative villages) and their area codes are given:

Bendungan Hilir 10210
Karet Tengsin 10220
Kebon Melati 10230
Kebon Kacang 10240
Kampung Bali 10250
Petamburan 10260
Gelora 10270

List of important places

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

Notes and references

  1. ^ Literal translation: Redland(s)
  2. ^ one prefixed Metro; others suffixed Lama, and AURI
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  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. ^ "Sejarah Tanah Abang | Tanah Abang Review". Archived from the original on 2013-03-07.
  6. ^ "Weekly 5: The tallest, largest and longest". February 28, 2014.
  7. ^ "Study shows pedestrians cause traffic jams in Tanah Abang: Anies". The Jakarta Post. 7 November 2017. Archived from the original on 23 December 2017. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Public minibus drivers oppose road closure in Tanah Abang". The Jakarta Post. 22 December 2017. Archived from the original on 22 December 2017. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  9. ^ "Pedagang Blok G Tanah Abang Heran dengan Kebijakan Anies Baswedan". Tribun News (in Indonesian). 23 November 2017. Archived from the original on 23 December 2017. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  10. ^ Retaduari, Elza Astari (23 December 2017). "Pujian dan Kritik untuk Wajah Baru Tanah Abang ala Anies". detiknews (in Indonesian). Archived from the original on 23 December 2017. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  11. ^ "Uji Coba Jembatan Penyeberangan Multiguna Tanah Abang". Antaranews Otomotif. 7 December 2018. Retrieved 20 January 2022.
  12. ^ Suci, Dionisius Arya Bima (12 March 2019). "Melihat Kondisi Skybridge Tanah Abang Kini: Dipenuhi Para Pedagang". Tribunnews (in Indonesian). Retrieved 20 January 2022.