Standing at 132 meters and topped with 35 kilograms of gold, this imposing obelisk is Jakarta's most famous landmark. Constru... More
Monas (National Monument)
Standing at 132 meters and topped with 35 kilograms of gold, this imposing obelisk is Jakarta's most famous landmark. Construction started in 1961 under President Soekarno but was not completed until 1975, under President Soeharto. The monument houses a couple of museums. The Freedom Hall depicts Indonesia's struggle for independence through a series of dioramas, whereas the Hall of Contemplation displays the original Declaration of Independence document and a recording of the speech. An elevator takes one to the observation platform, which commands a bird's-eye view of the cityscape. Admission is free.
After arriving the big parking lot, you can take one of the horse-cabs that will give you a ride to the foot of the statue. This is recommended, because it is a long way to walk in the heat. I think I paid 20.000 RP. You can walk the underground leading from one side of the open space, to the entrance of the Monument. The underground is a pure tunnel, nothing extra to it. The elevator leads to the top, giving a great view over the city. You should finish the tour by visiting the basement, which is the the best part. The indonesian story is illustrated by a small sceneries, and you walk from window to window reading about the different periods and conflict that this region has suffered under. It gives a great perspective of the imperialism during the dutch period as well. Finally, you can see (interactive) the development of the Jakarta city, shown in a modern stage in the same basement. Conclusion: The basement is best, I didn't find the monument in itself so interesting.
Whow that monas tower hey, yeah weel what can I say waht a rip roaring time I had there. The veiw was amazing from the top of the tower I could see down all these peoples shirts phewf what a crazy time we had there. Australia should really have one of those towers but the belltower isn't big enough have fun with it. Hey don't stop reading now its not that boring. But the best thing about the trip was the McDonalds and the kinky chick at the counter man she was good.