The renovation of the Gelora Bung Karno Sports Palace or Istora GBK was completed on January 23, 2018, marked by the inauguration by the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Mr. Joko Widodo. The inauguration ceremony of the Istora GBK begins with a brief report from the Minister of Public Works and Public Housing which in his report states that Istora is the 6th of the 14 venues renovated in preparation for the 2018 Asian Games. Istora GBK started its renovation period in September 2016 and was completed in December 2017 with a seating capacity Single seat as much as 7.166. The Minister of Public Works and People's Housing also said that the Istora renovation also paid attention to the value of cultural heritage by maintaining some original teak chairs on the left and right side of the VIP. Istora GBK is a multifunctional building that can accommodate various activities both sports and non sports.
At the Asian Games 2018, Istora GBK will be used as a place for badminton and basketball games. With the existing facilities inside, Istora GBK is now transformed as one of the multifunctional buildings indoor best in Asia.
Furthermore, the speech of the President of the Republic of Indonesia in the inauguration of Istora GBK convey, "by saying bismillahirahmanirahiim, with the grace of God Almighty, Istora Gelora Bung Karno I inaugurated ", which then put his signature on the inscription.
As a form of respect, the President of RI gives symbolic racket symbolically to some legendary badminton athletes Indonesia.
After the ceremonial event, Istora becomes the event of the Daihatsu Indonesia Masters 2018 championship which is the test event of badminton sport event and will last until January 28 2018.