The National Monument (Monumen Nasional) is also referred to as Monas. The National Monument was built by President Sukarno in the 1960s with the top plated with solid gold. The monument is surrounded by Merderka Square (Freedom park). There is an obversavation deck at the top of the monument with fantastic views over Jakarta. The National Monument is 132 meters tall.
The observation deck is 115 meters above the ground, just below the golden tip of the monument. There is a small elevator that takes you up to the top, fitting around 10 people at a time. The observation deck is open daily from 8am - 3pm.
The National Monument is the number 1 tourist attractions for local Indonesian people and on weekends it is very busy with people from all over Indonesia as well as families from Jakarta. Sometimes the line to go to the top of the monument can take more than 1 or 2 hours. Best time to visit is during weekdays when the queues are not so busy.
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On weekends, at the front entrance to the monument there are small markets selling some t-shirts and loads of local food like bakso noodle soups. This is the place to get your I Love Jakarta tshirts for around 50,000Rp.
Close to the National Monument (within walking distance) are the National Museum of Indonesia, the Istiqlal Mosque and the Jakarta Cathedral.