Monas: Enjoying Public Space in Jakarta

Jakarta, capital city of Indonesia, well known with lots of malls and shopping centers, not forget to mention, super malls. Traffic jam is unavoidable, not just in the peak hours (morning time and after working hours), but it seemed happened all day long. Jakarta government’s do a lot of development program such as MRT that gives an enormous impact to the current condition of Jakarta’s traffic.

In the positive side, Jakarta still have many public parks that is adequate enough for Jakartans activities, such as meet up, gatherings, or even for a small picnic, quite affordable kind of activity to refresh mind.

Today is a national holiday for regional election head. People who have ID from outside Jakarta, have to vote to choose for their candidate for their region. And for Jakartans? It’s simply a holiday.

Mbak Pipit, a friend of mine, invited me and several friends to have a potluck picnic on Monas (Monumen Nasional), one of the landmark of Jakarta, apart from Bundaran HI and those big malls (of course).

It’s been a blessed that my wife suddenly feel better so she can join me in this picnic and the weather was much much better compared to yesterday.

The National Monument (Indonesian: Monumen Nasional, abbreviated Monas) is a 132 m (433 ft) tower 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.~ Wikipedia

Monas can be reached easily by many public transportation, such as TransJakarta, Bajaj, some public buses and taxis. It is located in Medan Merdeka Street, Central Jakarta.

If you choose to go with TransJakarta, you can stop at Monas’s shelter and continue with walking for around 10 – 15 minutes to reach Monas’ main gate

No entrance fee is needed. Yes, it’s free. Yeay!

Don’t forget to bring your own mat for your convenience!

Street vendors are everywhere, don’t forget to bargain, because sometimes they put a very high price for the first attempt, especially to foreigners.

We started to meet up for around 3.30 pm and finished after the sun set.

It’s definitely something to remember, great friends, lots of food, fresh air and cheap mid-week runaway. We will be back there to enjoy again soon, for sure.

Travel tips:

  • Bring your own mat.
  • Bring water and snack because inside the park there are almost no street vendor sell food or water.


4 thoughts on “Monas: Enjoying Public Space in Jakarta

  1. waa..seru ya bisa piknik, saya kalau udh denger kata jakarta kyknya udh langsung kepikiran macet, panas, debu, yang stres2 deh, tapi ternyta bisa juga piknik di monas.. 🙂

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