Welcome Monument


Set in the centre of a fountain on one of central Jakarta's most prominent alun-aluns (public squares) is the Salamat Datang, or Welcome Monument. Built in 1962, it's just across from the Hotel Indonesia Kempinski, the city's original luxury hotel. At the very top is a man and a woman, each with an arm up waving a warm welcome.

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