Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia, is a city with a rapidly changing landscape. Serving as Indonesia’s hub of political activity, culture, and tourism, the city of Jakarta has gained a reputation for being one of Southeast Asia’s popular tourist destinations. The city offers its visitors many experiences and sights, which is why staying at a Jakarta city hotel such as the Alila Jakarta, will make it more convenient for visitors to explore the highlights of the vibrant and bustling city of Jakarta.
Most nations have a symbolic landmark that symbolizes their nation’s pride and invokes patriotism. In Indonesia, that landmark is the inspiring Indonesia National Monument. Located at the heart of Merdeka Square in Central Jakarta, the National Monument was built in 1975 and symbolizes the victorious struggle of the people of Indonesia to gain their independence and sovereignty.
The Indonesia National Monument, also referred to as Monas, takes the form of a towering obelisk rising out from an elevated square base. Standing 132m from the ground and capped with the “Flame of Independence”, the National Monument was commissioned to be built in 1961 in honor of the fierce struggle to form the Republic of Indonesia which was independent of the Dutch Empire. The rising tower serves as both a reminder of the sacrifice and struggles to gain sovereignty as well as a symbol that invokes pride in every Indonesia. The courtyard around Monas is adorned with murals and reliefs depicting important chapters in Indonesia’s history, while the Hall of Independence; which houses symbols and artifacts related to the independence struggle, is located in the chambers of the Goblet of Monas. One of the major highlights of the National Monument is the Observation Deck, located 115m above the ground, from which you will not only experience panoramic views of the cityscape, but also the Flame of Independence. A visit to the National Monument is a must if you wish to understand and appreciate the heritage and culture of Indonesia and its people.
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