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National Monument (MONAS), Jakarta
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Built to celebrate the nation's independence, National Monument (MONAS) towers over central Jakarta and serves as the city's principal landmark. Considered one of the architectural extravagances of Sukarno, Indonesia's first president, this 130 m (425 ft) monument features a sculpted flame on the top, decorated with over 30 kg (70 lb) of gold foil. Built of Italian marble, the soaring tower houses a history museum at its base, where you can see over 50 dioramas narrating the country's struggle for independence. Head to the observation deck for sweeping views of the city from a height of almost 120 m (400 ft). Put National Monument (MONAS) on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Jakarta trip generator.
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  • Tentunya tak lengkap kalau ke Jakarta belum mampir ke monas. Menyuguhkan kemegahan tugu berlapis emas di puncaknya, monas memberikan sebuah pemandangan berbeda ketika sampai di bagian teratasnya. Nikm...  more »
  • We had a strange experience but funny nonetheless. There's nothing in English so we were not able to understand much about this monument. Looked like the visitors were Indonesians from around the coun...  more »
  • monas saaat ini sudah tertata dengan baik tidak sepeti dulu yang berantakan dan masuk dari mana saja ada gerbang khusus untuk masuk ke dalam 
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  • Walking in the green alleys covered with trees is changing from the crowd of Jakarta. If you want to enter the monument, you will have to buy a card to pay the entry fee of 5.000/person. Inside the monument you will find a little museum, describing the history of Indonesia. It's a good and simple way to learn more about the past of the islands.
  • Too crowded on national public holiday. Eveyone scatterin on the floor. No one wants to queue. The museum's design does not hv any improvement since forever.
  • An iconic monument of Jakarta, and maybe Indonesia. Surrounded by many government offices. Easy to access from everywhere(near Gambir Train Station). You could go to the peak to view Jakarta landscape from top. There are also some pictures about Indonesian history. Because it's open space, it will be hot to visit in the afternoon. Better visit on morning or evening. The souvenir stores now are all available at South. Just be smart to bargain anythings here.
  • pusatnya jakarta dan ini rame banget kalo lagi cfd atau lagi ada demo atau acara tertentu disini. banyak preman dan pungli ga jelas. kalo mau naik ke puncak monas bayar dan antrinya itu lamaaaaa banget. sampe skrg gue blm pernah ke puncak monas karna antriannya bikin males. oh iya motor ga boleh masuk sebenernya cuma gue beberapa kali bawa masuk motor dgn bantuan preman yang akhrinya ga bisa keluar karna premannya ketauan sama satpol pp dan gerbang udah ditutup
  • The landmark of my city. Of course it's famous. I usually do jogging there and collect some Pokémon there. Seriously! The PokéStop there aren't normal