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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  • This is the symbol of Indonesia's independent from Dutch colony. It's a high monument in the centre of garden. We can go to top of tower as well by elevator.  more »
  • The 137 meter tall National Monument is obelisk shaped, and is topped with a 14.5 meter bronze flame coated with 32 kilograms gold leaf. Within the pedestal is a museum depicting in diorama...  more »
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  • Lots of people wanted to take pictures with myself and my colleague, which was new for me. Loved learning about history from their perspective, very interesting place. The area around the Monument has a ton of interesting attractions, good place to start a full day of exploration.
  • Views from the top are good and give a perspective of the city that you can't get any other way. The diorama at the base is a mix of history and propoganda (just like the stories any country tells about itself), but gives some good insight into the national psyche and identity.
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