The 34-year-old ex-Ghana international completed an unexpected move to Persib Bandung on a free transfer, after leaving Greek club Panathinaikos.
Essien was unveiled to the home fans on Thursday, March 30, 2017.
However, the Indonesian topflight league is yet to kick off.
The veteran midfielder has featured for top European clubs like Lyon of France, Chelsea of England, Real Madrid of Spain, AC Milan of Italy and Panathinaikos in Greece. Persib Bandung is his first club outside Europe and Africa.