National Monument - Monas, Jakarta

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    MONAS - Nasional Monument Park

    by DaHongHua Updated Jan 24, 2014

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    We visited MONAS one evening in DEC 2009. This is a must visit place I suggest while you travel to Jakarta. It is a big park with hugh car park and a hawker centre attached to it. There are hawkers selling Indonesian food, you can buy your souvenirs at this centre too..
    People in the park are mostly local residents and they are in family. They enjoy flying kites, monocycling, hopping using a spring tool, skating and jogging. We spent nearly two hours in the park until the mosquitoes started their meal. We enjoy seeing happiness of family leisure.

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    National Monument (MONAS)

    by theguardianangel Written Jan 17, 2013

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    The National Monument or Monas was built in August 1959 to remember the struggle of Indonesian heroes when fighting with the colonial domination. The entire building is covered with marble and at the top of it is a figure of flame made from bronze.

    Opening hours: 830-5pm
    Entrance fee: 5000 Rupiah

    At the bottom of the monument, there is a museum that portrays the life and history of the Indonesia country. You’ll never get bored when you get to see the window displays and the clays look real.

    This place is very popular to the locals. During our visit, I think there’s a field trip going on because there are a lot of small children with their guardians/mothers inside the museum. The museum was packed with a lot of people at that time that made the museum looked like a picnic ground where they sit on the floor and just kill time but I admire their simplicity to spend time with their loved ones.

    Within the vicinity of Monas, there are souvenir items being sold such as shirts, key chains, etc. The landscape surrounding the monument is very colorful, admirable and very well maintained.

    Best way to get here is by taxi- the cheapest and most convenient;)

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    Up in MoNas

    by eagerexplorer Written Jul 5, 2012

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    Don't miss this! If you'd ever want to see the entirety of Jakarta in a single place, this is it. Paying only IDR 20,000, you can already go up the viewing deck where you can see the Presidential Palace, the Istiqlal Mosque and the skyline of the city.

    Go early in the morning. Try to get ahead of the students out on a school trip, as there is only one elevator servicing the monument, as you would have to wait in line for the elevator (about 11 people per ride only).

    You can also visit the museum at the base of the monument.

    There's a free shuttle from the entrance near the parking to the entrance of the tower. Take this since it will save you from walking. However, walking to the tower will afford you to get a good shot of the monument.

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    Looking around the Monas hight over Jakarta

    by ullfri49 Updated Jan 8, 2011
    From Monas view to Java sea

    This is very nice tour for a good weather day.

    From the top of the Monas, the "Monumen Nasional"- you can see a round up view of Jakarta -maybe at good weather you can see the coastline of the Java Sea in north.
    Better said, you will see that in north the row of hight buildings will suddenly end.
    See the photo.

    By the way- at the top of the Monas is recommended to be careful special a sun weather:
    What is at ground only a pleasant warm cooling breath - at the top will a be stronger and bumpy wind- maybe cause of thermic,
    anyway, to avoid headache later, better take a hat with you.

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    Monas

    by cokes Updated Oct 27, 2009

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    This is the national monument and symbol Jakarta so make sure you go check it out when in Jakarta. It a gaint tower with a burning flame on the top. This how President Soekarno honoured the Indonesian people. There is a Museum at the bottom of Monas showing how Indonesia got it`s indepence and also you have to go to the meseum in order to go up to the top of the tower. You also have to pay for that seperate. There is a nice view from the top and definitely worth the visit.

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    Meet schoolchildren and students

    by kokoryko Written Apr 8, 2009

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    Lots of kids with uniforms
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    I like a lot walking in gardens, looking at the flowers, trees, trying to identify, or at least have a close look at the plants; or just because it is relaxing and beautiful, nothing more. . . . . and look at the people, how they enjoy their park, their historical landmarks. . . . Look at all these kids (picture 1), is it not nice to see the young generation? They all apparently enjoy their excursion, and the kite seller was happy that day; by the way, Indonesian are very good at playing with kites. . . (picture 2); on picture 3, the young girls are not nuns but muslim schoolchildren; their uniform does not bother them a lot, apparently.
    Young students very often approach foreigners, by curiosity, but also because they want to try their English, make some exercises, see if they make progress, and it is rather fun to spend some time with these enthusiastic people.

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    In the garden, the statues

    by kokoryko Updated Apr 7, 2009

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    In the gardens of Monas square, do like Indonesian, walk around, look at the people, and look at the statues; the statues in the park are of different types, in style and in significance. . . . there are heroes or anonymous people, fighters or poets. . . . it is just nice to look , and for a westerner, even that sort of park is full of surprises and exotic. . .
    Chairil Anwar (picture 1) is a poet less known (at least to me!) than Pramoedia Anantha Toer (a few translations of whom I red, in the past), but was more “politically correct than the second one and he has his statue in the Monas Garden; Diponegoro (picture 2) is a Javanese prince who fought against Dutch rule in the 19th century, and was made prisoner by treacherous Dutch, under flag of truce; he is a National hero in Indonesia. In a very different style, the guys with the flag, on picture 3, celebrate some victory. . . . . Women are not forgotten in the heroes gallery (picture 4), but the kids playing in the basin (picture 5) between Chairil Anwar’s and Diponegoro’s statues do not really care. . . . they play in the water.

    Park open 8 am- 6 pm.
    Monument open Tuesday-Sunday, 9 am-3pm

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    Low reliefs and statues outside

    by kokoryko Written Apr 7, 2009

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    Around the base of the tower, along the walls, you can see long frescoes and statues in Javanese style, where the influence of Hindu art is very obvious. I did not find a guide, (not even a “kamus rambut” for those who know Indonesian!:))) to explain about these quite pompous sculptures; well, I do not know about the stories and History, but I liked to look at the details, see expressions on the faces, see the kings, the warriors, the slaves, the palaces and boats. . . . . Indonesia has certainly a very rich history and lots of legends, and here is probably not only Ramayana and Mahabharata. . . . .

    Park open 8 am- 6 pm.
    Monument open Tuesday-Sunday, 9 am-3pm

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    Unity with diversity; visit the museum

    by kokoryko Written Apr 7, 2009

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    Indonesia is a young republic, and the fathers of independence wanted to group the symbols of the newborn country in the same place, and to display it in a spectacular way, impressing (in the literal sense) the visitors, in the “Independence room”.
    The blazon on the eagle (Garuda, the king of birds), on the first picture, tells a lot about Indonesia, and all the figure is full of symbols. A watchman in the museum explained me proudly some of the symbols: Garuda is made of gold, noble metal, there are 17 feathers on each wing, 8 feathers on the tail, 45 feathers on the neck, all this makes 17/8/1945, date of independence; On the banner, the Javanese phrase says something which can translate as “unity with diversity”, and on the blazon, the “Pancasila” --5 principles of Indonesian state-- are represented.
    Star: one unique God.
    Chain: succession of human generations, humanity
    Banyan tree: unity of Indonesia
    Buffalo head: wisdom and democracy
    Ear of rice: justice, for all Indonesian.
    You also notice the red and white backgrounds, colours of the Indonesian flag.

    In the independence room are a number of displays about the birth of Indonesia, like the proclamation of Independence by Sukarno and Hatta (picture 2), the map of Indonesia (pure gold!) (picture 3), spectacular display on black marble. While you walk around military music is broadcasted, but not too loudly. . . .
    The independence room is located in the middle of the basement of the Monas tower, with a square of benches around; the room is closed, and surrounding it, a big hall (picture 4), also a square, displays the history of Indonesia in small show windows.
    Many of the displays there are naïve, and their purpose is educative; on picture 5, is the representation of the declaration of independence by Sukarno.

    Park open 8 am- 6 pm.
    Monument open Tuesday-Sunday, 9 am-3pm
    Lift to the top and museum: 2000 Rp

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    Monas - A Landmark

    by freddie18 Updated Feb 4, 2009

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    It was a one week stay of Indonesia and spent most of the time in Jakarta.

    It was in the late afternoon when I visited this famous landmark which is popularly known as Monas. Although I did not have the chance to go inside the monument to visit the museums, I was contented in sitting on the grass and watch this icon that can only be found in the city. Just to give you a bit of information about this National Monument, it was completed in 1975 during the time of President Soeharto (Suharto). It is 137-tall made of marble and have a flame on top coated with gold. If you wish to have a view of the city, you can have a free entrance to the observation platform.

    Monas is open from 830AM to 5:00PM Monday to Sunday

    For more information, you may call the telephone number I provided below. Have a safe travel.

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    Monumen Nasional (Monas)

    by BeeTea Updated Nov 13, 2008

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    Monas

    If you're interested in visitting tower all over the world, this one should not be missed if you're in Jakarta. Monumen Nasional is one the first high building in Jakarta. Sorrounded by city park, there are also government offices, Gambir train station, National Museum and presidential palace nearby.

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    Monas

    by kenningst Updated Dec 28, 2007

    This monument stands tall and strong at a height of 137 metres and is widely visited by tourist and locals alike. On top of the obelisk is a shape of a flame in gold. The Monas is surrounded by a nice park and a few other smaller monuments which makes it a very nice place to chill out on the weekends with your families.

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    monument national

    by Avrida Written Oct 27, 2007

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    most famous landmark in jakarta name monument national(monas),before the monas,they was called koningsplein its means field of old king,then was change became lapangan ikada,its because soekarno hatta held a giant meeting at that field to gain streght from people to push the collonialism out of the country,then because of speech of soekarno the feild name change became merdeka field.the monument was erected on 17th of august 1961 but only inaugurated on12th july 1975.that so beatiful building because soekarno ve the idea to build that building by the architect was mr.sudarsono and engineering consultant was mr.rooseno.monas is simbolizes fertility by the shape of that obelisk as lingga (male sex organ) and the goblet yard is yoni (as female sex organ).the flame on the top its made 14.5 kg of bronze and gold plated with 50kg.originally 35kg,15kg was latter added to commerce the 50th aniversaary in1995.and the flame its simbolizing the never ending spirit of indonesian people to strugle their independence.the height of this monument is 132m the ventage point is located 115m.btw the goblet yard is 45m wide to immortalized the year of our independence,from the ground to the gobled yard is 17m its wide to imortalized the independence date.there is a museum below where from the foundation to the cilling is 8m immortalized the month independece,1900metal fences in the shape of sharpege bamboo,immortalized the century.in the goblet ve historical muswum that 80 dioramas to descrip significant senes in indonesia' history.and also we can find national herritage museum which content our sang saka merah putih(our flag country)handmade by mrs.fatmawati (wife of soekarno)

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    monas (monumen nasyonal)

    by Rastarigo Written Apr 13, 2007
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    soaring hundred of meters into the jakarta skyline, it is a prominent figure as you enter the city. entrance fee of 7,000 rupiah (37PhP) will take you to the top that provides a vantage view of entire jakarta. there's a museum at the underground base where you can see images of indonesia's historical past in chronological order. only 15 min. walk from jalan jaksa.

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    Jakarta Landmark

    by kenari Updated Aug 29, 2006

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    Monas

    The site is Jakarta’s well-known landmark. The 137 meters high monument located in the center of Merdeka (Freedom) square, at the center of the city. With many government buildings in the area, this is the administrative heart of Jakarta. View the city from the observation deck or visit the lower ground of the monument where a series of dioramas portrays the dramatic stories of Indonesia’s history. Open daily from 08:30 am to 05:00 pm. On Sundays and public holidays opens until 07:00 pm.

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