Pelataran Ramayana is a multifunction venue, quiet space and tropical garden located right in the heart of the city. Accessible from Grand Indonesia’s Thamrin entrance and the lobby of the heritage-rich Hotel Indonesia Kempinski, it features both indoor and outdoor spaces that are packed with Indonesian history.
The building dates back to a golden age in Indonesia’s past. It was here, in the 1960s, that President Soekarno held many of his state dinners, welcoming world leaders and showcasing the most luxurious Indonesian hospitality in what was then the country’s largest restaurant. Ramayana then continued to play an important role in diplomacy in the Soeharto era—it was where the president held a dinner with Queen Juliana from the Netherlands to repair the relationship between the two countries after Dutch colonisation.
Now reopened, Pelataran Ramayana comprises a 135-square-metre glass-doored dome bathed in natural light, which gives the space a beautiful blue hue in the late afternoon. Pillarless and featuring high ceilings as well as classic artworks from some of Indonesia’s most celebrated artists, it is the perfect venue for functions, weddings and other events. Meanwhile, the outer courtyard has amphitheatre-style steps, making it perfect for creative events such as fashion trunk shows and art performances.
More than this, Pelataran Ramayana is intended as a venue for all: a unique, semi-public space that offers a breath of fresh-air respite from the hustle and bustle of its central location.