Yesterday with my sons I visited Indonesia National Monument or what Indonesian people usually call as Monas. This monument was built in the era of the first president of Indonesia, Ir. Soekarno , to remember the struggle of Indonesian heroes fighting the colonial domination. Monas was officially open on 17th August 1961 by President Soekarno, and publicly open on 12th July 1971.
We went to the top of Monas who shaped like a flame, symbolizing a never extinguished spirit of Indonesian people. The flame was made of bronze medal which weight was 14.5 ton, and was plated with 35 kg gold. The flame has 6 meters diameter and consist of 77 concentrated parts.
The standing pillar of Monas which height is 137 meters, symbolizing a rice pestle, while the cup symbolizing a rice barn. Rice pestle and barn are traditional tools to pound rice, figuring out Indonesia as an agricultural country. They’re also regarded as the symbol of Indonesian people’s fertility, and as the symbol of male and female.