Monas Is Closed On Monday

Monas towering in the distance
Shot at Monas in Jakarta, Indonesia Tetsu Ozawa

The towering Monas was seen on the other side of the closed fence

The Transjakarta bus ride took me to a tall monument called Monas in Jakarta. Monas is a long and narrow tower of 137 meters high. It is called Monumen Nasional in Indonesian, abbreviated Monas. It was built to commemorate Indonesia's independence and the upper part of the tower is an observation deck.

I got off the bus at the bus stop right next to Merdeka Square, where Monas stands. It was a short walk across the road to the square, but it was a trap. I thought it would be easy to get into the square and proceed toward Monas, but it was not so easy. The square is surrounded by a tall fence that prevents me from entering the square itself, let alone going to Monas. I couldn't find the entrance to the square itself. I had no choice, so I wandered along the fence.

When the name 'square' implied that it was a place where people could come and go easily. When I stared at the map again, it seems that the entrances are only at the four corners of the square. And I got off the bus in the middle of the western side, about a kilometer away. So I couldn't find the entrance.

After a while of walking, I finally arrived at the entrance. I was about to go to the towering Monas as quickly as I could. I was about to head towards the towering Monas when a soldier guarding the square called out to me, 'it's closed today!'

The entrance was tightly closed and I never visited Monas after all.


About Monas

The National Monument (Indonesian: Monumen Nasional, abbreviated Monas) is a 132 m (433 ft) obelisk in the centre of Merdeka Square, Central Jakarta, symbolizing the fight for Indonesia. It is the national monument of the Republic of Indonesia, built to commemorate the struggle for Indonesian independence. Construction began in 1961 under the direction of President Sukarno. Monas was opened to the public in 1975. It ...

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Shooting Date

Jan 2020

Posted On

July 9, 2020


Jakarta, Indonesia


Architectural Photography