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Indonesia’s first escalator

Jakarta, Indonesia

The country’s first escalator is located in department store filled with batiks and beautiful Indonesian products.  

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In the middle of Sarinah, Indonesia’s first modern department store stands the country’s oldest escalator. Built in 1966, the escalator no longer operates but still sits between two working escalators. Narrow and with colorful sides, the escalator is almost like a Time Machine bringing visitors back to 1960s Jakarta.  

Like the escalator, the Sarinah Department Store building has undergone a complete renovation and looks more like a mall, complete with other shops and restaurants. Come for the escalator but give yourself some time to check out the extraordinary fabrics and other Indonesian products made throughout the archipelago!

Know Before You Go

You can’t miss the escalator in the middle of the mall.  Due to security regulations all bags are scanned before entry to the mall, similar to other malls in the city. 

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