Monas

Today (Saturday) we visited the Monas, a 433 foot monument in downtown Jakarta built in 1961 to  celebrate Indonesian independence (August 17, 1945).  Entrance was 10,000 Rp each ($.75).  We could have paid another 5,000 Rp ($.35) for a ticket to the observation tower on top, but the line was long, so we passed.  We’ll do it next time – on a weekday and early in the morning!

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They do a nice job with flowers, etc.

Under the monument is a museum with 51 dioramas that illustrate Indonesian history – well done and very interesting.  Luckily they had descriptions in English!

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A very nice space, but a little odd in that there were NO benches….people just sit on the floor.

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While there, we were approached by a group of students who were on a “Find a Foreigner” project.  Their assignment was to approach an obvious foreigner and interview them (in English, of course) – where were we from, how ling have we been here, what did we do, etc.  They did great!

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Nice kids – and of course afterwards, the mandatory ‘foto’:

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And of course, seeing us taking pictures with these kids, attracted more kids.  As I’ve said before, whenever we go to a public place like this, we are treated a little like rock stars – everyone wants their pictures taken with us.

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Notice all the selfie sticks

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Impresive brickwork…

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Now notice how much there is!

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Concrete reliefs of Indonesian history

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Landscaping (as usual) was very nice

Nice to learn a little Indonesian history today!

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