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    Losari Beach

    by h4pp1 Updated Dec 26, 2005

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    Losari Beach Esplanade

    Losari beach is the perfect place 4 jogging, n also a nice place 2 watch sunset while talking with fam n buddy. The beach are clean, fresh, windy.

    Most people that visit makassar, always spend some of their time 2 stay awhile along the beach of Losari with one purpose, i.e. to wait the sunrise or sunset n taste the local food.

    some times, there r attractions that are supported by traditional entertainments staged on the pinisi boat

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    La Galigo Museum n Fort Rotterdam

    by h4pp1 Updated Dec 21, 2005

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    Fort Rotterdam which is now known as La Galigo Museum, a historical artifact of the greatness of the past kingdom of South Sulawesi. Makassar during the seventeenth century was known a trading city, it was viewed from the sea, an area which was completely fortified. This kingdom possessed 17 forth which protected the city and the areas around it. In the year of 1667 when the forced of Gowa was under the power of Dutch, all forts excepts Fort of Makassar were destroyed.

    @ 1st the fort's name is Ujung Pandang Fort that was built in 1545 by the King of Gowa X. His name was Imarigau Daeng Bonto karaeng Lakiung, who was also well-known as Karaeng Tunipallangga Ulaweng.

    During the Dutch colonialism, the fort was rebuilt, and renamed "Fort Rotterdam". During that period the fort and its area started to be the center of the governmental and commercial activities. During the Japanese colonialism that fort functioned as center of agricultural and language studies.

    At present, the buildings in fort are utilized by the Prehistoric and historic Preservation Affairs (suaka peninggalan Sejarah dan prasejarah). Cultural center (Arts, dances, music,etc), and including the public museum. This museum display and preserves various historical namely, historical objects, manuscript, statues, crafts (ceramics), and traditional clothes, and other cultural objects from most of ethnics in South Sulawesi. Dedicated as a centre of culture, the Conservatory of Dance and Music is located here and on the open stage in the centre of the fort, dance classes for children can be seen in progress.

    Visiting hours of the museum are from 8.00 a.m. until 4.00 p.m. daily except on Mondays and public holidays. The fort itself is open daily till 17.00 p.m.

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    PELABUHAN PAOTARE

    by RoyJava Updated Jul 27, 2005

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    The anchorage of Ujung Pandang/Makassar is Pelabuhan Paotare (Harbour of Paotare, pronounced "putre") in NW end of town. This is where the famous Bugis "Pinisi" (schooners) berth and, of which Pinisi-models haven't changed since Genghis Khan. Yes, the exact same sailing ships you can watch at Sunda Kelapa, Pasar Ikan, Jakarta's harbour ...

    A lot of cerita rakyat (ancient story tellings) enclose the stories of Bugis and Makassar sailors, brave and heroic sailors. They sailed to China, Africa, Madagascar island, Australia, and even visited tiny islands in the Pacifics. They looked upon the stars to find their way, and looked for predictions in the ocean-water. They always had the right feeling by smelling the ocean ...

    Hire yourself a boat to chase and photograph prahu's in the harbour. The colors are brilliant ... impressive ...

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    Central Market

    by RoyJava Updated Jul 7, 2005

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    The markets of Ujung Pandang are renowned for their delicacies of the sea, and fruits are a plentiful delicacy, too. Bananas always are available, find different types of bananas common on the market. I love the pisang susu/ambon (the smallest sweet baby-banana) and the banana-milkshake. Try the fresh-baked bananas (pisang goreng) and the kue pisang (a delicious banana-pudding named "Nogosari" at Java). The Central Market (Pasar Pusat) in Ujung Pandang is a feast for the eyes ...

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    TANAH TORAJA

    by RoyJava Updated Jul 7, 2005

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    Sulawesi, famous for homeland of the Torajans and its ancient, cultural heritages. More trackers visit Tanah Toraja (Torajan Highland) than any other place on Sulawesi. To watch those typical saddle-roof houses (tongkonan), the remarkable burial rites, striking architectural style surrounded by picturesque rugged-hill landscape.

    Torajan people are Christian and its traditions and culture are too complex to explain in some words. They worship their ancestors and have animistic beliefs, performing huge ritual ceremonies for the dead. These festivals are tremendously colorful, free to enjoy by tourists. That is why Tanah Toraja gained popularity as tourist destination. Almost steeped in magic, mystery and mythical traditions you'll never forget Tanah Toraja that soon ...

    Tanah Toraja - Sulawesi

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    PULAU SAMALONA

    by RoyJava Updated Jul 7, 2005

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    Pulau Samalona is a pleasant island, surrounded by reefs with clean, clear water. It's famous as resort for swimming and diving and one of the natural coral islands offshore of Ujung Pandang (about 40 min. sail). Go for a snorkel and watch the coral reef which still is in good condition, and structured of all types. You'll love the under sea garden decorated with fascinating colorful tropical fishes.

    Want to stay for a night, there are some facilities, and ... wanna go for a wreck diving, go for Samalona and the beloved Maru wreck ... (a Japanese warship, still carrying ammunition, and is about 50-60 m long)

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    PULAU KAYANGAN

    by RoyJava Updated Jul 7, 2005

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    It's a pity we had no time to visit the Salayar island, a long, narrow island off the tip of the South-West peninsula of Sulawesi and, inhabited by Bugis-Makassarese people. So we sailed for Pulau Kayangan, an artificial island and holiday resort just 15 min. ride offshore. It offers bungalows, restaurants, playground and beer garden, but nothing natural ... and Sunday's over-crowded!

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    Gowanese and Buton's bastion inside Fort Rotterdam

    by ukirsari Written Aug 31, 2004

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    There are Gowanese and Buton bastions inside of Fort Rotterdam. Even Dutch already changed the arhitecture of its fortress, these old bastions still existed. Proved that local buildings also as strong as Dutch's buildings ;) I like to visit these ruins since has their own style.

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    La Galigo Museo

    by ukirsari Written Aug 31, 2004

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    Or Museum Negeri La Galigo. It's a museum to exhibits manykind of stuff around Sulawesi Island. Including musical instruments, rice bowl from Tana Toraja [for Tana Toraja, please visit my Makale and Rantepao section in other pages]. Located inside of Fort Rotterdam.

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    A church inside Fort Rotterdam

    by ukirsari Updated Aug 31, 2004

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    A church inside the Fort Rotterdam (c) ukirsari

    This chuch is situated in the heart of Fort Rotterdam. The condition of the building is still well maintenanced and not so far from this church is located an underground prison for Pangeran Diponegoro ~ a prince of Jogjakarta who led the Java War [1825 - 1830] and exiled to Makassar after Dutch taken him in a negotiation meeting [how tricky the conquerors were!!!] at Magelang, central Java. He spent his last 26 years of life here in Fort Rotterdam.

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    Fort Rotterdam [entrance]

    by ukirsari Written Aug 31, 2004

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    Entrance of Fort Rotterdam (c) ukirsari

    The fort Rotterdam itself designated as one of the best examples of Dutch architecture in my country. Taken from a Gowanese [Gowa Empire] fort at 1545 then rebuilt into Dutch style in 1667 after the treaty of Bungaya.
    The entrance fee can be vary, since it's called "donation" [Rp 1,000 - 5,000]

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  • Picnic, greenery and limestonefigures

    by global_explorer Written May 28, 2004

    Maros serves as the startingpoint for bemos heading for several local attractions. None are worth spending crossing the planet to reach in itself. However, put together they will give you a fine day. First go to Bantimurung, a recreation area used by the locals (on hollidays it will be teeming with people). Here picnicgrounds are set up in a valley surrounded by steep trecovered limestonecliffs. It is a beautiful and peaceful place if you can get it for yourself. In the forest and along the river you may see a lot of beautiful butterflies, some of the species was familiar to me after visiting Himalaya. Follow the path climbing along the nice waterfall, sadly partly destroyed by a pipeline. Above the waterfall the river is somewhat channellike and flow through a beautifull little valley. Part of the wall is a vertical, naturally ornamented clifface. In those ornaments the treeroots have found a rock solid foundation so even there lush forest thrive. In the bottom of the valley there is a beautifull pool with green water and white sandbottom. It is that tropical dreampool, suitable for bathing with your boy or girlfriend. DON’T!!!! It can kill you. In the middle there is a sinkhole more than capaple to drag you under. If so happens, you will never see daylight again. Instead take a toedip and enjoy the tranquility.
    From Bantimurung it is posible to take bemo (actually you need to take two) to Gua Leang- Leang. Here you can see a couple of simple cavepaintings. There are several more in the area, but those caves are closed. The caves are in one of several limestonemountains who gave me aassociations to Ayers rock, Australia. Close to the cave there is a park of natural limestone figures. Here you can wander around and make your own fantasies abot what those figures are. Some surely will find creatures from the tales carved in those stones. This park is also set up for picknicers, but you are likely to have it all to yourself.

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  • Bira, native village and seaside resort

    by global_explorer Written May 28, 2004

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    Bira is divided in two separate parts. First there is the prosperous native village who earned its wealth during the schoonerbooms. Before that, Bira was innvolved in the trade on the spiceislands. Then there is the touristparts, made up of some hotels close to the beach. It isn’t those big ugly concretetowers known from so many seaside places around the world. I rented a cabin at Riswan bungalows. There is no wiew from there, but it is nice and a lot cheaper than the hotel on the hilltop with the wiew. The beach is pleasant enough, and outside the sandfield in the water there is a floor of corals with countless holes and crevices in it. All contain some sort of creature, and above there is a selection of fishes swimming around. You can have a nice time snorkeling here, but it is not particulary seeworthy compared to, for example Bunaken in northern Sulawesi, also covered in my page. A nice excursion from Bira takes you to the fishingvillage. It is a long walk there, so chartering something, or hoping for the ocational bemo is an option. This village is beautifull, and situated between the palmtrees close to the sea. I found people here friendly, but many was a little shy.

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  • South of Makassar, boatbuilding and snorkeling

    by global_explorer Written May 28, 2004

    Tana Beru is maybe the most traditional boatbuildingvillage in the area south of Makassar. This region is dry and not so fertile as the areas further north. Therefore the locals have turned to the sea. Fishing, boatbuilding and saltmaking are the major industries of the area. Tana Beru lies on the road between Makassar and Bira, covered in the next paragraph. In order to get there, take kijang or bemo to Bulukumba from terminal Malenkeri and onward bemo heading for Bira. In Tana Beru there is a long line of small shipyards along the sandy beach. Here bugisschooners of all sizes are buildt. Sometimes as mutch of 50 can be under construction at the same time, ranging from almost complete, to just started. You will see the hole process. Whats facinating is that traditional tecniques are still in use. Powertools are in use, but haven’t replaced the old tools. Wooden plugs are still prefered, i could count on one hand the number of metalnails shining in the sun along the entire beach. The wooden parts are still bendt into shape using steam and heat. Traditional beliefs in spirits are one reason for the survival of the old way of boatbuilding, but it is likely to disappear relatively soon due to higher demands of effiency and the introduction of engines. It was many rituals connected to the construction of a boat. Most are rare nowdays, but the keelseremony sometimes still take place. The keel are made up of several parts, each are given names associated to the “secret parts of the human bodies”. Those parts are fused together and declared to be married. Then the keel are left alone overnight to enjoy the weddingnight. For the occation it has been made a weddingcacke made of rice, cockonut and sugar.
    The original sealaunching seremony has luckily been abandoned. It included pulling the boat over seven first time pregnant women to ensure the boats luck. For the ladies, it would be no luck

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  • some small extras

    by global_explorer Written May 28, 2004

    There is a couple of minor attractions in the area. First there is a row of chinese temples along Jalan Sulawesi. Colourfull low buildings who stands out in the modern blocks. You are welcome to have a look, and take some photos. In the morning you will see a crossection of the big chineese community of Makassar. I saw old men, mothers and grandmothers with children, and young, smartdressed buissnesswomen. Everyone do their offering and praying with burning incense. Then there is the fishmarket, most active in the morning. A hole fleet of fishengboats unload here, and buyers, both private and restaurantpeople, walks among the stands. Here you will find all sorts of fish, from small sardinlike ones to sharks and rays.
    The big policestation along Jalan Achmad Yani, for me also became an attraction in a way. The guys on duty at the guardroom at the street was bored halfway to death, and desperately wanted to chat. I had a funny session in there, and was also offered more cofee than i possibly could drink. Most indonesians are terrified by the sight of a policeofficer, not without reason, and would never chat with them just for fun, so talkwilling people are more than welcome. One of the officers wanted to have some fun and said “aj-am O-sama bin Laden”. I rised, and put a hand on the shoulder and announced “in the name of the worldpeace, you are under arrest” It first became totally silent, then the selfproclaimed Ossama laughed like a hurricane.He almost fell of the chair. Obviously he wasn’t used to be arrested. If you have the time, visit them. But their english is not good so be armed with bahasa indonesia.

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