TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Minister Erick Thohir planned to reopen Sarinah Building after the renovation completes in March 2022.
“We conduct continuous monitoring like today. I have visited here three times, and the progress is great for sure. We initially planned to open it in August but due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation, we decided to open it March next year,” said Erick in Sarinah Building today, September 28, with the finalists of the #GirlsTakeover campaign participants.
According to the minister, Sarinah will continue to be preserved as part of history yet with a new ecosystem and business model. “This proves that history should not be forgotten,” he added.
Erick also planned to exhibit the restored historical Sarinah relief following the opening. “We are waiting for the best day to exhibit this relief,” he said.
The Sarinah relief depicts the economic activities of the people who, at that time, depended on agricultural, fishery, and handicraft products for their livelihoods. According to the records of several historians and national art experts, the relief was made by a group of Yogyakarta artists during the construction period (1962-1966).