Jakarta Fair 2012 (also known as pekan raya Jakarta) is an annual fair held from June to July of every year in Kemayoran subdistrict of Jakarta in Indonesia. At the fair, there is food, dance, musical performances, shopping stands, rides, beauty contests, talent shows, etc. The purpose of the festival is to commemorate the founding of the city of Jakarta.
The festival takes place at the International Expo (JIExpo) in Kemayoran, though it used to take place in Merdeka Square until 1992 when it was decided that the Square was not large enough to accommodate the growing number of people attending the event. People from all over Indonesia travel to attend the event. The event is popular for its various exhibitions. The entertainment is also unique since it is similar to the entertainment that was present in Batavia during the 19th century.
Origin of Pekan Raya Jakarta Fair 2012
The origin of Pekan Raya Jakarta was back in 1967 when then-governor Ali Sadikin conceived the idea of having a grand festival combining all of the night markets in the city annually. In 2011, there were more than 2,500 businesses that attended the event in Indonesia and participated in trade promotions. The total amount of money exchanged through transactions at the festival last year was over $430 million.
Other Information About Pekan Raya Jakarta Fair
The longest this festival ever lasted in Indonesia was almost 71 days long and took place in 1969. The average length of the event is about 35 days. This year, it will take place from Jun 14 – July 15. It will also contain many fun activities such as cosplay and the Miss Jakarta Fair beauty contest.
It usually costs anywhere from $1.80 – $2.40 USD to gain entry to the festival so it is not very expensive at all. If you are not sure about how to get to JIExpo, you can probably find the directions from your home on the internet. Since Jakarta Fair 2012 is not far away, start making plans now. If you will be staying at a hotel, book it today or as soon as possible so you know you will get a good deal.