Timings : Changing of guards ceremony- Last sunday of every month: 8:00 AM
Entry Fee : No Entry Fee
Istana Merdeka is a presidential palace in north Merdeka Square. The former residence of the Governer-General of Dutch East Indies plays an important part in Indonesian history because here the Indonesians got independence in 1949.Thousands of Indonesians gatherered around to chant "Merdeka" meaning freedom, thus granting the palace its name. The building's exterior can be admired from the Merdeka Square and visitors are allowed inside under strict security.
This official residence of the President is one of the six presidential palaces in the country. The attraction consists of six different buildings within the complex. Some of these are palaces while some are offices. Istana Merdeka served as an important venue to celebrate the independence of Indonesia from the Dutch in the mid-20th century. The historical significance, architecture and political importance of Istana Merdeka make this is a popular tourist attraction. However, entry is permitted only on set days.
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