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

Monas towering in the distance
Monas towering in the distance
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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.

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Jul 2020 ARCHITECTURE INDONESIA

PHOTO DATA

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11597

Shooting Date

Jan 2020

Posted On

July 9, 2020

Modified On

September 2, 2023

Place

Jakarta, Indonesia

Genre

Architectural Photography

Camera

SONY ALPHA 7R II

Lens

ZEISS BATIS 2/40 CF

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