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Gedung Kesenian Jakarta

Gedung Kesenian Jakarta  (Jakarta Performing Art Theater) was built in 1821 upon the site of a simple theatre that was constructed during the British interregnum under Governor General Sir Stamford Raffles.

At first called the Schouwburg, its first performance was Shakepeare’s Othello. In the following decades the building was used for different purposes. History notes that in 1926 the National Awakening Movement held their first Kongres Pemoeda, or Youth Congress in this building.

In 1987 it was restored and the building returned to its original purpose as a theatre for concerts and performances. It has a capacity for an audience of 475 persons, and a stage measuring 10.7x14x17 meters.

Opposite Gedung Kesenian is a shopping street known as Pasar Baru, that used to be most popular with the rich Dutch colonial elite. The street that has shops on both sides, is now only open for pedestrians. Most popular in Pasar Baru are the Indian Bombay textile shops, that have sold exclusive Indian textiles for decades.

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