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National Monument (MONAS), Jakarta

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Monument Tourist Spot
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 housesĀ 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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  • For those of you first timer in Jakarta or even Indonesia, it's an unwritten rule that you have to visit this spot. Don't expect youll get some view like tokyo tower, its only 132m anyway. But this is...  more »
  • This monument landmark of Jakarta is suppose to become tourist attraction in Jakarta. If goverment can renovate facility in Monas just like new elevator to observation deck and museum at grond level a...  more »
  • Located in the close proximity of Istaklal Mosque built in huge area with picture perfect approach on foot or the free shuttle available which drops every one the entry which is chargeable per person,...  more »
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  • It's fun to go to this place. But i's going warm and hot when it's turn to 9 a.m or 10 a.m. You should bring eyeglasses or a hat and long sleeves arm. But when it's early morning, many people doing sports here like run, basketball, volleyball, etc.
  • 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.
  • Good view. It is free enterance just to the park. Good for jogging track. Not recommended to go in daylight. It has 2 football and 1 basketball courts. There is a mosque and are a lot of traditional food stall outside the park. This place has historical value. Also, there is a museum inside the Monas building. There is a train that will ride you from the gate to the main building.
  • The landmark of Jakarta. A monument/museum inside a nice park. There's also a lot of souvenir vendors and traditional food stalls here. Avoid visiting during the noon, instead visit at the morning or afternoon.
  • Historical place with a good view. But the lift to go up there were very slow. So the queue were very long. The bathroom need more maintenance

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A wealth of choices exists in Jakarta, a sightseeing destination in its own right and a gateway to the rest of the country. For luxury options, try the Lingkar Kuningan area, where new developments provide rooms with excellent views of the city. Head north to find more affordable hotels, offering comfortable rooms in local, non-chain establishments. Up in the Kemang district you'll find an abundance of backpacker and budget accommodations, such as hostels and rental apartments, in areas known for their small cafes, trendy bars, and nightlife.
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