I SPENT New Year Day at the National Monument park in Jakarta, driving my brother-in-law to see around the park. He has never visited Jakarta. This is his very first visit. My wife and I drove him to the National Monument or Monumen Nasional (Monas). It seems like a must-see site among many Indonesians who visit the capital.
|My brother-in-law lives in Madura Island.
A lift on the southern side carries visitors to the viewing platform at a height of 115 metres above ground level. The capacity of the elevator is about 11 people. The top platform can accommodate about 50 people.
|My wife at the National Monument park.
My wife usually refused to go into the monument museum, located inside the base of the tower, as well as the top of the monument. The line up is usually pretty long. On New Year Day, it might be two hours just to line up. The lift of the monument is located inside the tower.
|My wife with her two siblings and her mother.
|My niece joined us at the visit.
|Me with my Human Rights Watch T-shirt in Jakarta's National Monument!