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Jl. Medan Merdeka Central Jakarta
The National Monuments one of the many monuments built during the Sukarno era of fierce nationalism. The 137-metre tall marble obelisk is topped with a flame coated with 35 kgs. of gold, and represents the people's determination to achieve the freedom. It towers over Merdeka (Freedom) Square, and serves as Jakarta's most prominent landmark. The monument is open to the public and houses a historical museum and meditation hall. An elevator carries visitors to the top, offering a bird's eye view across the city to the sea.
This monument, symbolizing the nation's independence, is situated at the center of Taman Medan Merdeka (Medan Merdeka Square). Its architecture is designed as a Lingga and Yoni, The Hindu symbol of fertility. The Lingga reaches a height of 137 meters and is topped with a flame wrapped in 35 kilograms of pure gold. An elevator rides to the top of the monument and from its viewing platform visitors can get a bird's eye view of Jakarta. The basement houses a museum depicting the nation's history. In the Hall of Silence visitors can hear the original voice of Soekarno reading Indonesia's Proclamation of Independence. Near the monument is a statue of Prince Diponegoro on horseback. This hero fought the Dutch in the Java War (1925-1930). After his capture he was jailed in the town hall of Batavia before being banished to North Sulawesi.
MONAS is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and public holidays, until 7 p.m.