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Sudirman Central Business District
by: Dina Indrasafitri

The Semanggi district, its name deriving from the intricately designed roads and bridges forming the shape of a four-leaved clover or ‘semanggi’ leaf, is the perfect example of how the human mind shapes things with their perceptions.

For those who take pride in the Indonesian development history, the Semanggi Bridge built in 1964 with Ir Sutami as its designer, is a milestone of Indonesia’s development and advancement towards being a metropolitan city, yet for those who would like to take a bleaker look at Indonesia’s history will forever see the site as the background for the tragedy of 1998, where four students were murdered during a massive protest against the New Order.

For those who bury their heads in papers and calculation, this is their battle ground, for the Semanggi District is part of the ‘golden triangle’ area of Indonesia’s business (the area formed by linking Sudirman, Thamrin and Kuningan). The SCBD (Sudirman Central Business District) is also a famed name in this world of perception the SCBD , aside from being a vast business center, also offers luxurious apartments inside.

And for those simply looking for pleasure, the Semanggi district is a nice place to shop or hang out because it has the Plaza Semanggi, a fun shopping-and dining center containing some of the hippest hangout places for youngsters such as the So Ho café which doubles as a record shop or the New York Style Pizza Place, Avenue A. Plaza Semanggi also has a cinema and on some days live music is played in their café walk. A personal favourite of mine, there’s always an adventure of entering the small shops or boutiques of the Plaza and burrowing inside them for random cute things.

Semanggi is also home to the colorful KTS, short for Kampung Tenda Semanggi or the Semanggi Tent Village. The KTS started as an alternative to cafes and expensive restaurants back in the 1998 economic crisis. Celebrities and chefs started side businesses of roadside tents serving dishes similar to those in fancy eating places, yet with sensible prices. Seeing so many of them scattered in Jakarta, the Jakarta government finally decided to group them all in one spot, hence the KTS. When you drop by there, make sure you get to taste the famed Rolies Steak.

Another famous shopping center in the area is the Semanggi Electronic City. This comfortable place to shop for your stereo set or steam iron provides a much-welcomed and practical alternative from the packed, disorganized electronic goods centers. Nearby the Electronic city is The Club Store, a hypermarket which, by the way, also sells delicious, mammoth-sized burgers.
A few renowned hotels are also available at the Semanggi district. The eye-catching Aston hotel which also offers residential rooms and the Sultan Hotel (formerly known as the Hilton Hotel), both unquestionable in their services and facilities, are easy to spot when you are in the area.

Finally, for those wanting to go home after a long hard day of working, the Semanggi district spells another hour of staring into space while waiting for the dense traffic to move forward. The terms ‘strategic’ and ‘in the middle of Jakarta’ do not come at a cheap price, because that’s where everybody wants to be.
Whatever your perception of the Semanggi district, make sure to make the most of it because it certainly is unique melting pot of activities.

About The Author

Dina Indrasafitri, Travel Writer

Dina writes for SD Indonesia Editorial team for Streetdirectory.co.id. Robert J Steiner manages Streetdirectory.co.id & FlowerAdvisor.co.id, well known for for online Flowers & Gifts in Indonesia.

Dina finished her Major in Sociology in 2005. After working in Medan for several months and giving a shot at different jobs she finds that her love for writing, food, interior design and her hometown Jakarta had lead her to become a writer at Streetdirectory.com.

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