Monas is a National Monument of Indonesia situated at the core of the Merdeka Square in Jakarta. This monument tower was built to commemorate those who died fighting for Indonesia. Monas tower is 132 meters in height and is a famous historic memorial visited by most of the Jakarta travellers. The construction of this structure began in 1961 during the rule of President Sukamo. By 1975 the construction work had come to a halt and was ready to be opened for the public. The great construction is a magnificent creation of R. M Soedarsano who continued work of Monas after the architect Frederich Saliban and is certainly a marvellous piece of work that has intrigued the whole Indonesian community as well as the tourists.
The tower takes the style and idea of Lingga and Yoni which respectively resembles a rice pestle and mortar which are considered one of the most traditional equipment used by Indonesians. It also signifies eternal life through the lingga phallic icon. This symbolizes daytime, masculinity and positive elements. Yoni symbolizes femininity, night, negative elements and the female. It is simply a marvellous structure that would give you a reminder about the ones departed trying to protect the mother land. The Monas structure in Jakarta houses an obelisk dressed with Italian marble kept on a platform of 17 m tall in the goblet yard. Within the premises of Monas you would find the national history museum which displays many artefacts important to the past of Indonesia.
The hall of independence which is placed in the goblet section of the monument carries significant symbols belonging to the Independence of Indonesia. Including the original document of the Proclamation of Independence could be found if you visit the Hall of Independence at Monas. If you travellers are planning on touring around Indonesia while on vacation a great idea would be visiting the Monas monument.
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