Standing at 132 meters and topped with 35 kilograms of gold, the National Monument, or Monas, is an imposing obelisk and ... More
Standing at 132 meters and topped with 35 kilograms of gold, the National Monument, or Monas, is an imposing obelisk and Jakarta's most famous landmark. Construction started in 1961 under President Soekarno but was not completed until 1975, under President Soeharto. The monument houses a couple of museums. The Freedom Hall depicts Indonesia's struggle for independence through a series of dioramas, whereas the Hall of Contemplation displays the original Declaration of Independence document and a recording of the speech. An elevator takes one to the observation platform, which commands a bird's-eye view of the cityscape. Admission is free.
i was in jakarta less than 24 hours and though it's not bad, i was expecting more, the city was just like any other capital in the world, tall skyscrapers, big department stores and heavy traffic. the monas is a must see in jakarta, since there is nothing much to do there anyway. so if you are going to indonesia, skip jakarta and just enjoy an extra day in bali ;p
On weekends it is PACKED with people paying their respects. Monas is full of people like that...
It has a museum under it about Indonesia, and there are little carriages with horses called delmans which can give you a tour of the place, but you have to give them 20,000 Rp (about $2)
Well, this place have changed since the massive renovation and the built of tall fences that circle it. It has become a tidy place and much more organized than before.
In the morning there's a lot of people doing their excercise here and in the night this place is quite romantic with a nice fountain show every saturday night.
This monument is built to be the icon of Indonesia esspecially jakarta. Won't hurt to stop by if you come to visit jakarta
After arriving the big parking lot, you can take one of the horse-cabs that will give you a ride to the foot of the statue. This is recommended, because it is a long way to walk in the heat. I think I paid 20.000 RP. You can walk the underground leading from one side of the open space, to the entrance of the Monument. The underground is a pure tunnel, nothing extra to it. The elevator leads to the top, giving a great view over the city. You should finish the tour by visiting the basement, which is the the best part. The indonesian story is illustrated by a small sceneries, and you walk from window to window reading about the different periods and conflict that this region has suffered under. It gives a great perspective of the imperialism during the dutch period as well. Finally, you can see (interactive) the development of the Jakarta city, shown in a modern stage in the same basement. Conclusion: The basement is best, I didn't find the monument in itself so interesting.
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