Disty Winata
Feb 16, 2017

Living the mall lifestyle in Jakarta

Today there are more than 170 malls in Jakarta, and they have evolved into much more than retail spaces. They are an inseparable part of urban life.

Disty Winata

For most people, a word that first comes to mind when asked about Jakarta would be malls. Indeed, the mall has perhaps been the city’s most prominent feature of the past few decades and its evolution in many ways has reflected that of the city itself.

The first ones opened in the 1980s following Indonesia’s oil boom, including Ratu Plaza, Jakarta’s first upscale mall. These offered an alternative to traditional markets and quickly became the...

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