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 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) at the forefront of your travel plans using our Jakarta journey planning app .
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  • Clean and pleasant, to run in the morning or afternoon. It's just a lot less garbage, so there is still a lucrative waste litter
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  • The National Monument is quite grand. It towers above it all in that part of Jakarta. The park is also very vast which makes the monument look even bigger. Its design captures both masculinity and fem...  more »
  • Really beautiful at night time plus there is so much street foods at here and surprisingly are very cheap. Really love amd recommend this place!  more »
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  • Most of the gated were closed.... Only one gate open.. Was feeling thirsty but no place to drink or buy water inside.. Very dark inside.. Only few lights were on.. I think it is only open at day time.. Next time will try to go during na day time.. Although very clean... Calm and zero pollution....
  • A MUST to-go place when you are in Jakarta! There are parks and food court nearby and also you can come and visit the museum. If you lucky enough, you can go on the top of Monas ( normally many people in line from the entry door, for the lift). My suggestion is you can come there during weekdays to avoid the long queue. A good place for hangout and morning jogging.
  • Nicely built monument and museum to showcase Indonesia's independence. Well maintained garden and huge surrounding area. I couldn't find any direction board at the entry for tourists who come from abroad to guide correctly to the monument. You will have to enter through an underground pathway to the main structure. However the security personnel are helpful though they speak only few English words. They charge a nominal fee to enter the monument. There is only one elevator to take all visitors to the top viewing deck and therefore you have to wait in a queue. The view from top is wonderful. There are few telescopes fixed but not that much powerful to see a vast area clearly.
  • Nice place to spend your morning doing exercise. Clean and fresh. Come on Saturday morning and you'll find plenty of space to jog.
  • Good place for family vacation during weekend. Will be better accessible if the gates are opened fully.

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