The light show at the opening of the dancing water fountain in Monas. (JG Photo/Sylviana Hamdani)

Djarot Launches Campaign to Encourage Jakartans to Visit Newly Renovated Monas

BY :SYLVIANA HAMDANI

AUGUST 14, 2017

Jakarta. Jakarta Governor Djarot Syaiful Hidayat launched the #YukKeMonas, or "Let's Go to Monas," campaign on Saturday (12/08) to encourage city residents to visit the famed National Monument, or Monas.

"I'd like to encourage everyone in Jakarta to visit Monas," the governor said.

Monas, situated on 80 hectares of park grounds, was built by Indonesia's first president Soekarno in 1961, though the grounds themselves were not opened to the public until 1975. The monument has undergone a series of renovations in recent years.

In 2016, the Coca Cola Foundation Indonesia also provided funding to renovate four indoor football courts, one basketball court and one volleyball court around Monas. This year, the foundation added public restrooms on the park's grounds.

"We're grateful to have been entrusted to add public facilities in the Monas area," said Triyono Prijosoesilo, public affairs and communication director of Coca Cola Indonesia, "These are the first toilets built [around Monas] since 1975. And starting from today, all visitors can use the facilities free of charge."

The new restroom facilities are located 1.2 meters below ground level. Both male and female restrooms come equipped with special facilities for the disabled.

Djarot also unveiled a new vitrine at the National History Museum next to Monas, which now houses Indonesia's first flag, named Sang Saka Merah Putih.

"With the new vitrine, we can now comply with the 2009 law that says that Sang Saka Merah Putih should be stored within the [area of the] National Monument," the governor said.

The flag, sewn by Soekarno's wife Fatmawati, had been stored within the State Palace for safekeeping.

The display, which boasts a bulletproof exterior and temperature control, is located on the first floor of the history museum.

Monas's dancing water fountain was also recently renovated after it broke down in 2009.

"Last year, my team and I worked together to clean [the fountain's] pond and fix its pump," said Sabdo Kristianto, head of management at Monas. "Jakarta's then-governor Pak Basuki helped by providing us with electrical cables and spare parts," he added, referring to former Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama.

The water fountain will operate twice daily every Saturday and Sunday from 7.30 until 8.30 p.m. and feature traditional national songs arranged by award-winning composer Addie MS.

"We are also in the process of adding 600 energy-saving LED lamps around Monas so that the whole area of the park will be bright and safe at night," Djarot said.

Jakarta's provincial government is also planning on building a wider sidewalk stretching from Senayan's Ratu Plaza to the National Monument this year to encourage more residents and tourists to visit the area.

"So, let's all go to Monas," said Happy Farida, Djarot's wife. "You can find everything that you need to hang out in this park, including sports facilities, a culinary center, parking facilities, clean modern toilets and dancing fountain shows every weekend."

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