National Monument (Monas)
National Monument (Monas) Jakarta Reviews
"The Icon of Jakarta" Dec 05, 2013
The National Monument is known as ‘Monas’ and is located at Monument Square, Central Jakarta, it was built in 1960. And is a memorial erected to commemorate the resistance and struggle of the people of Indonesia against the Dutch colonialists. Its form is a very unique obelik made of stone marble and is a towering 137 meters from its base, at the top there is a plinth of stone where stands a bronze torch weighing up to 14.5 tons coated with 35 kg of gold plate. The Torche or flame burning is a symbol of the spirit of the struggle of the Indonesian people that never goes out in achieving independence. For the 50 years celebration of Indonesia’s of independence in 1995 a number of Indonesian businessmen donate more gold plate to the Touch so now the total weight is 50 kilograms.
National Memorial was built on an area of 80 hectares. The architects who designed this monument are Sudarsono and Frederich Silaban and Ir. Rooseno (consultant), construction work began in August 1959 and was completed in 1961. It was inaugurated on August 17th by President Soekarno. The Monas houses a museum of the history of the national struggle of Independence, at its base and also a fantastic viewing area at the top, where 50 visitors at a time can witness spectacular views across the city and beyond to West Java and Islands of the Java Sea also you view Jakarta’s busy Soekarno – Hatta International airport watching the planes take off and land.
In the Monument Park to the north are the fountains and statue of Prince Diponegoro who is depicted riding a horse it was created by Italian sculptor Coberlato and made of bronze weighing 8 tons. The statue is a donation by the Consulate General the Honores, Dr. Mario of Indonesia. In the Development of the Monas monument it aims to commemorate and preserve the spirit of the struggle of Indonesia during the 1945 revolution, so that it is and inspiration and symbol of patriotism for the current and future generations of our Nation.
National Monument is open Monday to Saturday from 09:00 to 15:00. Ticket prices IDR 5.000. If you want to climb up to the top then you have to buy another ticket.
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