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!
Under the monument is a museum with 51 dioramas that illustrate Indonesian history – well done and very interesting. Luckily they had descriptions in English!
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!
Nice kids – and of course afterwards, the mandatory ‘foto’:
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.
Nice to learn a little Indonesian history today!