April 5, 2017

Thamrin City & Pasar Tanah Abang, Jakarta

This is the last post of my Jakarta trip in February 2017. Just share the photos of two famous wholesale markets I visited, Thamrin City and Pasar Tanah Abang.

Thamrin City 
Address: Jl. K.H. Mas Mansyur, Kebon Melati, Tanah Abang, Jakarta Pusat, DKI Jakarta 10230, Indonesia
Business Hour: 9am - 10pm daily (wholesalers generally close at 5:30pm)

Compared to Pasar Tanah Abang, I prefer to visit Thamrin City as Pasar Tanah Abang is like a maze to me. And after hours of tiring walk, it's easier to find a cafe and rest at Thamrin City. Either fast food, 7-11, or restaurants, you can make your choice there. There's even a hypermarket inside the mall, can do some grocery too.

We went to Thamrin City by walk. It took us about 15 - 20 minutes to get there from our hotel. It's just adjacent to Grand Indonesia. If you want to take a bajaj (auto rickshaw), it costs Rp. 25,000 (approximately RM8.50) to get from Pasar Tanah Abang to Thamrin City. If you are good at price bargaining, should be able to get it lower as the distance is short indeed and the bajaj business in Pasar Tanah Abang is very competitive. I got one agreed at Rp. 20,000.

Thamrin City has one whole block mainly sells batik. The rest are Mushlimah wholesale stores like Pasar Tanah Abang. There are stores at higher levels (above hypermarket) selling shawls (headscarf), the price should be cheaper and negotiable. For me, the quality of clothing at Thamrin City is much better compared to Pasar Tanah Abang. But the price... of course much higher. 

Pasar Tanah Abang

Tanah Abang Market is here, will have spend days here to get this area familiar. It was raining on the day we visit. It was not a pleasant visit because the place outside the complex was so wet and muddy.

In the Tanah Abang complex, I can't remember this is block A or block B.

Outside the complex, there are vendors running business in the van too.

There's another wholesale market, ITC Mangga Dua which is equally popular too. We didn't manage to visit there. But I don't think I would go again? The wholesale price is not cheap, not including the cost of air tickets, accommodation, transport and food. The main turnoff is the traffic congestion in Jakarta.

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