Pos Bloc Jakarta Cultural Heritage Building Revamped!

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Pos Bloc Jakarta Cultural Heritage Building Revamped!
Photos: Freddy Wally

IO – Having been renovated in mid-October 2021, a former Dutch colonial edifice known as the “Jakarta Philatelic Building” was remodelled into Pos
Bloc, the newest public creative space in Jakarta. Minister of State-Owned
Enterprises (SOE) of Indonesia Erick Thohir offcially announced this latest community center in Jakarta. Several government offcials, including the Deputy Minister of SOEs Kartika Wirjoatmodjo, President Director of PT Pos Indonesia (Persero) Faizal Rochmad Djoemadi, President Commissioner of PT Pos Indonesia Rhenald Khasali and CEO of Pos Bloc Jakarta Jimmy Saputro also joined the ceremony.

Inaugurated during the COVID-19 pandemic, the opening ceremony of Pos Bloc Jakarta was thoughtfully organized in the Main Hall of Jakarta Philatelic Building, Central Jakarta, on October 10, 2021. During the ceremony, Minister Thohir mentioned the signifcant transformation of PT. Pos Indonesia in this digital and millennial era. “…I encourage PT. Pos Indonesia to update in an intelligent manner for the younger generation and in accord with the wave of sweeping digital and property changes that are now seen in Indonesia,” he added to his remarks.

Pos Bloc Jakarta Cultural Heritage Building Revamped!
Photos: Freddy Wally

Post Telefon en Telegraf as it was once called—designed by the famous
Dutch architect JF Von Hoytema from 1912 to 1929—was the main post office of the Dutch colonial government, built to meet the needs of business correspondence and communication for merchants and the kingdoms of Europe and Java. The colonial architecture, dating from 1860, is in fact one of the oldest business assets remaining form the Dutch colonial era; thus, the building is doubtlessly one of the oldest post offices in Indonesia.