Gelora Bung Karno is a place that is closely related to the history of the Asian Games. When it opened in 1962, Gelora Bung Karno was one of the largest stadiums in the world and the largest stadium in Southeast Asia. Initial capacity can accommodate 120,000 spectators. Aside from that, you may visit Venue ASIAN Games 2018 to check out the latest news about the upcoming Asian Games 2018.
The construction of the Gelora Bung Karno was funded through USSR soft loans worth 12.5 million US dollars. The Soviet Union also sent engineers and technicians to design the GBK Main Stadium. Soviet Prime Minister Nikita Khrushchev was also present at the launch of the first stake on February 8, 1960.
Interestingly, the Gelora Bung Karno had experienced a name change according to the era of leadership in Indonesia.
From the beginning, Gelora Bung Karno later turned into the Senayan Sports Hall in the Soeharto era and changed back to the Gelora Bung Karno in 2001 in the era of Abdurrahman Wahid’s leadership.