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NATIONAL MONUMENT


National Monument in the Merdeka Square, right at the heart of Jakarta. It was built in 1961 and finished 10 years later. The National Monument (we call it Monas - short for Monumen Nasional) has become Jakarta's number one landmark. The flame on the top is gold plated. From the observation deck you can take a look at the whole city. The diorama museum in the basement provides you with a glimpse of the journey of Indonesian independence struggle. Monas has been dubbed "Sukarno's (Indonesia's first president) last erection". Other monuments in Jakarta have also acquired descriptive nicknames such as "pizza-man" and "7-Up"

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