Jakarta National Monument and the City Views from the Tower

Visiting Jakarta National Monument is where you should start to get to know Indonesia’s capital city. You’re not only visiting the monument but also seeing Jakarta’s skyline from the tower deck. Yes, the tower is The National Monument! It’s a symbol of the country’s struggle for independence.

Jakarta National Monument and the City Views from the Tower Indonesia
Jakarta National Monument and the City Views from the Tower (Indonesia)

For the locals, they call the tower Monas or simply Nasional Monumen in their lingo.

Jakarta National Monument and the City Views from the Tower Indonesia
Jakarta National Monument and the City Views from the Tower (Indonesia)

Staring at the towering structure, you might be wondering about its odd shape. It did puzzle me a bit when I saw it. However, there’s a mind-blowing explanation for it. Can you see a phallus and a female reproductive organ? Look at the photo below and stare at it! 🙂 Yes? Ok, it may sound/look vulgar to you but these combined symbols represent fertility. 🙂

Jakarta National Monument and the City Views from the Tower
Jakarta National Monument and the City Views from the Tower

The tower also hosts the Hall of Independence and the National History Museum. You’ll need time at the museum if you are really keen on the country’s history. The museum itself is well-arranged chronologically and has English descriptions.

National History Museum Indonesia Jakarta
The National History Museum is also inside Monas.

Going up to the top of the tower is nerve-wracking. The elevator is a bit wobbly, but thanks goodness, there was an operator there.

national history museum
Things to do in Jakarta.

As soon as you get out of the lift, the views of the city welcome you.

Jakarta city skyline from Monas tower
Jakarta city skyline views from Monas tower.

I was there on a gloomy day so the views weren’t really the best ones I’d expected.

Jakarta city skyline views from Monas tower.
Jakarta city skyline views from Monas tower.

Nonetheless, the views still charmed me in their own way.

Views from Nasional Monumen Monas
City view from the Nasional Monumen or Monas.

From here, you’ll see Indonesia’s version of the White House – where the President lives.

White House Jakarta Indonesia
Indonesia’s version of the White House.

You will also see Istiqlal, the country’s national mosque.

Istiqlal Mosque Indonesia
Istiqlal is the national Mosque of Indonesia.

The Old Train Station can also viewed from here.

Train station Jakarta Indonesia
The Old train station of Jakarta.

On our way down, we stopped at these carved sculptures in the garden.

Sightseeing in Jakarta Indonesia
Tourist attractions in Jakarta.

I actually enjoyed it – trying to analyze and pretending to be a historian. 🙂

Jakarta National Monument and the City Views from the Tower
Jakarta National Monument and the City Views from the Tower

These statues vividly reflect history, culture, traditions, and religions. It’s an incredible piece of art!

Nasional Monumen Monas Jakarta
Is he really angry? 😉

From the Nasional Monumen, we walked to the White House and to other tourist attractions in Jakarta. For all the places I visited on this walking tour, click this blog post.

Jakarta National Monument and the City Views from the Tower
Jakarta National Monument and the City Views from the Tower

Where to Stay in Jakarta

I was in Jakarta twice on this trip – and so I stayed in two different hotels: Oria Hotel and Simple Hotel. They are both on the same street – at Wahid Hasyem Street. Staying on this street is the best decision ever. It has restaurants, groceries, and shops where locals go. Also on the same street, you’ll find western fast-food chains (McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Starbucks, etc.). Twenty minutes walk from the street, you will find two of Jakarta’s premier shopping malls. The staff members were nice, too, and the wifi connection was okay. The rooms are basic but clean. You can book both hotels via BookingTripAdvisor, and Expedia. For cheap hostels in Jakarta, HostelWorld has a list of them.

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