Tugu Proklamasi, Menteng

Apart from family birthdays, religious holidays and the like, probably the most important date engraved on the Indonesian psyche is 17 August, or Independence Day.

It was all those years ago, in 1945, when a still youthful looking Sukarno proclaimed Indonesian independence with Mohammad Hatta beside him in the leafy central Jakarta district of Menteng.

Bersama ini kami menyatakan solidaritas penentuan itu.
Dengarkan Proklamasi kami :

Kami bangsa Indonesia dengan ini menjatakan kemerdekaan Indonesia.
Hal2 jang mengenai pemindahan kekoeasaan d.l.l., diselenggarakan
dengan tjara seksama dan dalam tempoh jang sesingkat-singkatnja.
Djakarta, 17 - 8 - '05
Wakil2 bangsa Indonesia.

That was over 50 years of course, but if you feel like reliving a vital moment in Indonesia’s modern history, head over to Jalan Proklamasi in Menteng, and you will find a nice little monument at the site where Sukarno proclaimed Indonesia’s independence all those years ago...

Soekarno-Hatta Monument, Menteng

Soekarno-Hatta Monument, Menteng


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