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) at the forefront of your travel plans using our Jakarta journey planning app .
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  • Located in the middle of a huge park immaculately maintained, he succeeds in isolating the traffic chaos. Impressive stands up and watching it from afar, you wouldn't think so tall and wide. To climb it costs 15,000 rupees, the wait is long. There is only one elevator that runs from 8 to 10 people maximum. The view from the top makes an impression, you can't see the end of town. You can visit the Museum below the tree but gets really hot, it's not air conditioned.
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  • Impressive monument that dwarfs the pedestrians and traffic, looks better at night and good to visit a place thats known to have orchestrated the beginning of many celebrations and gatherings of the p...  more »
  • It is a tower rising in the middle of the Park is in the heart of Jakarta City. Could not yet into the inside of the Tower, arrived at 8:00 in the morning. Very often people who are running in the area.
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  • So Much better than the last time I came. No more smelly pool and everything is just getting better.
  • Indonesia's landmark! Clean and neat! You can do your morning exercise (jogging, playing basketball, and many else) in here. Have a parking lot near food centre. They provide public car to go around at Monas area.
  • A nice place to see. The museum below the monument showing the history of Indonesia's very interesting and nice to go through. A good way to kill a couple hours
  • This 132m tall monument was opened to public in 1975. It is located in the centre of Merdeka Square. Formerly there are many stalls around it that obstructed its beauty. Of late all stalls are cleared and all restaurants are placed in one corner. If you come on a public holiday the waiting time for the elevator may reach 3 hours. From the top of the monument you can see Jakarta but haze will prevent you from having good visibility. So come here on normal day after a shower. Everything is clear. There is a museum in this monument. However the lighting is poor. Before reaching the top there is a large verandah (open space) where you can relax and get fresh air.
  • Iconic Indonesia's building. Look the beautiful scenery of Jakarta from the top. And you can also just jogging or cycling with family and friends in this area.

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