It is a little bit awkward to visit Indonesia’s National Monument in the heart of Jakarta as a Dutchman. After all, the Dutch are the cause of this monument after more than three centuries of colonial occupation.
Halfway the seventies of last century the monument opened to the public. It is standing in the center of one of the largest city squares in the world: Merdeka square. It is worth a visit if you happen to be in Jakarta. The tower offers a great view of the city and in a museum underneath you learn about the freedom fight of the Indonesians and their independence in the late forties.
The surroundings are also great: the enormous square is a welcome escape from the busy city and there are often a lot of events happening and in the surrounding park there are plenty of warungs; little eateries to eat a snack or refresh yourself with a tropical drink.
In the West of Jakarta is a place where you can learn crafts. It is called Indoestri, where the process is seen more important than the end product, something I fully agree with. Like travelling: the road is more important than the destination. And same counts for awesome ice creams: the eating process – including that final bite of a chocolat tip cone – is way more important than finishing your snack.
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