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Monumen Nasional (Monas)

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Indonesia’s National Monument, abbreviated to Monas, (yep that’s Mon-umen Nas-ional) is a symbol of the nation’s struggle for independence. The towering gold flame-topped white marble obelisk extends from a square plinth in the heart of Lapangan Merdeka (Freedom Square), the geographical centre of the city.

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The project was conceived by Sukarno, the first President of Indonesia, to inspire nationalism in the new republic with a symbol that would “rival the Eiffel Tower”. After two failed attempts of finding a suitable design via architecture competitions, Sukarno himself in collaboration with architect Friedrich Silaban, an enthusiast for the International Style who had designed the nearby Istiqlal Mosque, designed the ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 600 words.)

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