National Monument- A Great National Symbol

The National Monument is a (433ft) tower in the center of Merdeka Square, Central Jakarta, symbolizing the fight for Indonesia. It is the national monument of the Republic of Indonesia, built to commemorate the struggle for Indonesian independence. Monas was built based on the idea of the first president of Indonesia, Ir. Soekarno, with the help of Sudarsono and F. Silaban as the architect, and Ir. Rooseno as the consultant. It’s builts on an area with a width of 80 hectares. Monas was officially open on 17th August 1961 by President Soekarno, and publicly open on 12th July 1971. When visiting Indonesia, the best place to stay over is the Citadines Rasuna Jakarta, which is one of the most luxurious Apartment Hotels Jakarta. This unique hotel has 153 one –two bedrooms, complete with a separate dining area and a fully equipped kitchen. The hotel is also located close by to many restaurants, hotels, shopping complexes and many more other entertainment venues.

The standing pillar of Monas which height is 137 meters, symbolizing a rice pestle, while the cup symbolizing a rice barn. Rice pestle and barn are traditional tools to pound rice, figuring out Indonesia as an agricultural country. They are also regarded as the symbol of Indonesian people’s fertility, and as the symbol of male and female. The Independence room is located at the cup side of Monas, and has an amphitheater shape. In this room, the map of Indonesia was kept, 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. National History Museum located at the baseman of National Monument (Monas). The width of the museum is 6400 meters, and the whole walls, floor, and pillars are top layered with marble. The museum can hold up to 500 people. 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. Jakarta people usually utilize Mona’s area as a place for sport activities, in the morning and afternoon time. Most people visit Monas on weekend and holidays.

Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe. Google+