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National Monument

Standing high above the city skyline, this giant sculpture boasts superb views and some of the most important documents in Indonesia’s history. 

Experience one of Indonesia’s greatest historical sites, Jakarta’s awe-inspiring National Monument. Learn about the country’s struggle for independence by visiting two fascinating museums and see a collection of some of Indonesia’s finest flora in the surrounding gardens. Make sure you enjoy incredible views of this vast city by taking the elevator to the observation deck. 

Known locally as simply Monas, the National Monument was built to remember the struggles of the Indonesian people in the fight against colonization. The project was instigated by the country’s first president, Ir. Soekarno, under the guidance of architect Frederich Silaban. Standing at 449 feet (137 meters) the giant pestle and cup depicts Indonesia as an agricultural nation, while the gold flame on top symbolizes the never extinguished spirit of the people. The monument was opened to the public in 1975 and is now the focal point of a larger area used for various types of outdoor recreation. 

Take the elevator up 377 feet (115 meters) to the viewing platform and you will be rewarded with breathtaking views. As well as a bird’s-eye perspective of the city, on a clear day you will see Salak Mountain to the south and the shimmering blue Indian Ocean to the north. 

Don’t miss the two excellent museums inside the base of the monument. Visit Freedom Hall and follow the series of dioramas documenting Indonesia’s independence struggles. Carry on to the Hall of Contemplation where you can see the original, signed declaration. You can also listen to an audio recording of President Soekarno’s independence speech. Take a stroll through the surrounding park to see a bright array of flowers from across the country.

The National Monument is located in the heart of the city with various buses stopping at the Monas Busway terminal throughout the day. There is a small admission fee to pay. Avoid early afternoons to escape the crowds and uncomfortable midday heat.


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Mercure Jakarta Sabang

Mercure Jakarta Sabang

Jl. H Agus Salim No. 11, Gambir Jakarta Pusat, Jakarta, Jakarta
    3.5 out of 5.0
     
     

    Located in the heart of Jakarta, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mahabharata Monument (Arjuna Wijaya) and Sarinah Mall. National Monument and Grand ...

    Mercure Jakarta SabangAU$41

    ibis Jakarta Arcadia

    ibis Jakarta Arcadia

    Jalan K H Wahid Hasyim 114, Jakarta, Jakarta
      3.0 out of 5.0
       
       

      Located in the heart of Jakarta, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Farmer Statue, Grand Indonesia Shopping Mall and National Monument. Sarinah Mall and ...

      ibis Jakarta ArcadiaAU$52

      ibis budget Jakarta Tanah Abang

      ibis budget Jakarta Tanah Abang

      Jalan Tanah Abang II No 35, Jakarta
        2.5 out of 5.0
         
         

        Located in the heart of Jakarta, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of National Museum of Indonesia and National Monument. Thamrin City Shopping Mall and Grand ...

        ibis budget Jakarta Tanah AbangAU$33

        ibis Jakarta Tamarin

        ibis Jakarta Tamarin

        Jl. KH Wahid Hasyim 77 Jakarta Pusat, Jakarta, Jakarta
          3.0 out of 5.0
           
           

          Located in the heart of Jakarta, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bundaran Hi, Tanah Abang Market and Grand Indonesia Shopping Mall. National Monument and ...

          ibis Jakarta TamarinAU$34

          Ibis Jakarta Harmoni

          Ibis Jakarta Harmoni

          Jl Hayam Wuruk No 35, Jakarta
            3.5 out of 5.0
             
             

            Located in the heart of Jakarta, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Old Town and Pasar Baru. National Monument and Istiqlal Mosque are also within 2 miles (3 ...

            Ibis Jakarta HarmoniAU$48

            Shangri-La Hotel - Jakarta

            Shangri-La Hotel - Jakarta

            Kota BNI, JL. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 1, Jakarta, Jakarta
              5.0 out of 5.0
               
               

              This family-friendly Jakarta hotel is located in the business district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Golden Triangle, Thamrin City Shopping Mall and Grand Indonesia ...

              Shangri-La Hotel - JakartaAU$181

              OYO 386 Hey Hotel

              OYO 386 Hey Hotel

              Jl. Danau Sunter Utara No. 57, RT.2/18, Sunter Agung, Jakarta, Jakarta
                2.0 out of 5.0
                 
                 

                Situated in Jakarta, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Mahabharata Monument (Arjuna Wijaya), National Monument and Pasar Baru. Indonesian Ministry of ...

                Pullman Jakarta Indonesia

                Pullman Jakarta Indonesia

                Jl. M. H. Thamrin No. 59, Jakarta, Jakarta
                  5.0 out of 5.0
                   
                   

                  Located in the heart of Jakarta, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza Indonesia and Grand Indonesia Shopping Mall. Istiqlal Mosque is 2.3 mi ...

                  Pullman Jakarta IndonesiaAU$139

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