National Monument (MONAS)

Attraction Medan Merdeka Jakarta Pusat Indonesia Published on: 13-11-2015

2 hours
08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
03:00 PM
05:00 PM
First-time visit
Attraction
Park
Must see
Kids
Architecture
Temple & Monument
0.00 - 0.00 USD

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The National Monument (Indonesian: Monumen Nasional), or simply Monas is a 132 m (433ft) tower in the centre of Merdeka Square, Central Jakarta, symbolizing the fight for Indonesia.

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Why National Monument (MONAS) is special ?


It’s hard to miss the National Monument, towering over central Jakarta and within easy view of some of the city’s main roads. The lower platform is 17 metres high and the obelisk on it is another 118 metres. At the top is a sculpture of flames covered in 50 kilograms of gold foil.


It’s worth getting up close to the monument as well as taking in the whole thing from a distance. In the base of the National Monument is a museum of dioramas showing Indonesia’s history from prehistoric days through to the 1970s. Another room displays important icons for the country including a flag, map and replica of the proclamation of independence.


It is also possible to get to the top of the monument in an elevator for incredible views across Jakarta.


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What to explore at National Monument (MONAS)?

The Top Yard

You could reach the top of Monas by elevator. Surrounding the elevator there are emergency latter to be used in case of emergency. From the top yard you could enjoy the view of Jakarta City and the wind blowing and caressing your face. In a clear weather you could enjoy the view of Salak Mountain at the south side, the ocean at the north side, and Soekarno-Hatta International Airport at the west side. While you're in Monas area it's recommended to get into the top yard and enjoy the views from the top.

Independence Room

This room is located at the cup side of Monas, and has an amphitheater shape. In this room were kept the map of Indonesia, the red and white flag of Indonesia, the symbol of Indonesia, which is Garuda, and the replica of Indonesian independence proclaim script at the gateway. You could request the officer there to open the gateway so you could see the script replica while listening to the recorded voice of President Soekarno when he was reading the script.

National History Museum

National History Museum located at the baseman of National Monument (Monas). The width of the museum is 6400 meters (80 x 80), and the whole walls, floor, and pillars are top layered with marble. The museum can hold up to 500 people. At the four sides of the museum there are display windows that shows the life and phenomenon that Indonesian people has gone through since Indonesian ancient time.

Park Area

The park area which surrounds the monument is organized nicely. There are several kinds of plants from various region of Indonesia in the park. There’re many seats provided under big trees. You could see the cultivation of spotted dears that were originated from Istana Bogor, at the park. There’re also pathways structured from green thin stone for you to have your feet massaged by walking on it un-shoes. There’re a pool with fountain and the statue of Princess Diponegoro riding a horse which made of 8 ton bronze medal on the park. This statue was made by Italian artist, Prof. Coberlato as a grant from Dr. Mario, Honores Consulate General in Indonesia. The statue is located near the gate of the tunnel which leads to the monument.

Fountain Attraction

Fountain attraction conducted at Monas Park on every Saturday and Sunday, started from 07:00pm to 08:00pm.

Duration of the attraction take about 35 minutes, accompanied by several songs like Jali-Jali, Lenggak-Lenggok Jakarta, Kopi Dangdut, Lambadia, Winter game, dan Rocketer.

Places Near to Monas

Other places located near to Monas are the President Palace, National Museum, The Golden Chariot (Kereta Kencana) Sculpture, Gambir Train Terminal, Bank of Indonesia, Indosat Building (the second biggest telecommunication company in Indonesia), Supreme Court, Immanuel Church, Jalan Thamrin.

Source: indonesia-travel-guide.com

How to get to National Monument (MONAS)?

You could reach Monas either by taxi or bus. If you like to try the bus, it would be more comfortable and safe to use Trans Jakarta Busway. Busway with Blok M to Kota Tua (Old City) route will stop at Monas Busway Terminal.

Source: indonesia-travel-guide.com

Selling points

  • “Good place to feel traditional”
  • “Good place for strolling”
  • “Lots of fun stuff to do around the MONAS”
  • “Tremendously influential”
  • “Monas - especially nice early in the morning”
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Duration
3.0 days
Estimated
105.45 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
12 places

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Tips for you

  • The toilet is not in good condition. There are no paper or tissues and the water system doesn’t work.
    Toilet
  • Don’t forget to bring hats, umbrellas or glasses
    What to bring
  • No cabs or buses are allowed in the parking lot, so you have to walk a long way just to get to the spot to enter.
    Experience
  • Most of the time the weather is quite hot in day time in Jakarta, hence it’s better to visit Monas in the morning, afternoon or evening time.
    Timming
  • If you visit Monas in the morning you could avoid the long queue to the monument, especially on weekend and holiday. It might be more comfortable to visit on week days.
    Timming
  • Close on every Monday at the end of the month.
    Timming
  • After you pay to enter, there is a long underground walk, then you cross a big parking lot and climb stairs to get to where you go to wait in line to go up to the top. It would be tough for those who have issues walking and also small children. No strollers are allowed in the elevator.
    Other
  • Entry to the park was free, but if you wanted to go up to the monument, which offered a good bird eye's view of the city, you will need to pay for it (around IDR 5000 to 10000)
    Ticket and Pricing

Reviews

TripAdvisor View more

beautiful monument, which changes color. every time you pass the taxi, day or night, you'll find it in a different edition. symbol of the city. dominates the square. and I was fortunate that all my hotels (hotels where I stayed) were close to the monument. Impressive creations. I still managed to climb to the top. people say it is a beautiful sight. But I am satisfied with mainland overlooking.

TripAdvisor View more

We went to the MONAS with the expectation to have a nice view over Jakarta. Sadly the elevator was under repair for about 2 months (complicated device indeed!) so we could only enter the exhibition on the ground level.This exhibition showed the perceived history of Indonesia. It is heavily propagandanized and Indonesia seems to be a country who won every battle but lost the war to the Netherlands. The models presented were very nice though.

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On the carless Sunday we walked up the road from Plaza Indonesia to Monas. Great view and worth the walk. Recommend taking a local they might not have been there either, get them to buy your entry before you go up at the formal ticket office. Go early as it gets busy with a long line, I think I was there about 10am and only waited about 5 minutes

TripAdvisor View more

beautiful monument, which changes color. every time you pass the taxi, day or night, you'll find it in a different edition. symbol of the city. dominates the square. and I was fortunate that all my hotels (hotels where I stayed) were close to the monument. Impressive creations. I still managed to climb to the top. people say it is a beautiful sight. But I am satisfied with mainland overlooking.

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