The Jakarta Post
A number of visitors to the National Monument (Monas) were disappointed after being denied entry to the building by the management, citing restrictions on the number of people who could use the elevator to get to the peak of the Central Jakarta landmark.
The management limited elevators passengers to 2,500 people per day, and afternoon visitors had to settle for gazing at the monument from ground level.
"I'm devastated that tickets to reach the top are sold out. I came to Monas today to enjoy the view of Jakarta from the peak of Monas," said 18-year-old Ade Irma, who traveled into the town center from Bekasi, West Jakarta, on Friday.
She diverted herself by instead observing a historical diorama displayed in the Monas museum, located at the base of the monument.
Fellow sightseer Yusnaidi, 38, who had come all the way from Jambi in Sumatra, was meanwhile forced to fend of his son's persistent demands to ascend Monas.
Monas management head Sabdo Kurnianto said the decision to limit the visitors riding the elevators was born of safety concerns, fearing that the elevator would struggle to bear the combined weight of thousands of visitors.
During the Idul Fitri holiday, visitors to Monas have increased threefold. As of Thursday afternoon, 9,000 visitors had visited the landmark, which overlooks the State Place, tempo.co.id reported. (rin)
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