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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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Pullman Jakarta Indonesia

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    Mercure Jakarta Sabang

    Mercure Jakarta Sabang

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      3.5 out of 5.0
       
       

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

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        4.0 out of 5.0
         
         

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        Grand Hyatt Jakarta

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          5.0 out of 5.0
           
           

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          Hotel Borobudur Jakarta

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            4.5 out of 5.0
             
             

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            Hotel Borobudur JakartaAU$110

            ibis Jakarta Tamarin

            ibis Jakarta Tamarin

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              3.0 out of 5.0
               
               

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              ibis Jakarta TamarinAU$53

              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. Jakarta Cathedral and Thamrin City Shopping ...

                ibis budget Jakarta Tanah AbangAU$31

                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$50

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