Monas National Monument

Monas, perhaps Jakarta’s most iconic sight, is a national monument erected in Merdeka Square to honor Indonesia’s independence from the Dutch in 1961. It was officially dedicated by President Sukarno in 1975 and is largely seen as evidence of his decadent taste in architecture. Proud Indonesians and dedicated travelers ticking bucket lists ascend 122 meters (400 feet) to the observation deck in order to see the marble obelisk’s crown jewel—a golden flame shooting triumphantly upward.

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