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    Cave of Dream

    by black_mimi99 Updated Dec 21, 2006

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    The Cave of Dream was found on 24th August 1986. That time there was an artist who was travelling inside Bantimurung Forest in order to find new inspirations, but he was lost for two days and two nights. Two local people were trying to find him, but they failed (the artist could get back home by himself). The night on 24th August 1986 at 10.30 p.m., the local people found this cave. Actually the cave was named "Cave of Fantasy", but local people thought that the name was not suitable, so they changed it into "Cave of Dream" because they said that only in dreams people can see such beautiful stalagtites and stalagmites.

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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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    Butterfly.....oh Butterfly...

    by black_mimi99 Written Dec 20, 2006

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    n 1858-1857, a prominent English naturalist, Alfred Russel Wallace spent all of his life that are enjoyed in this area to catch numerous types of rare butterflies, birds, and insects. Among the butterflies he caught, there was the Papilo Androcles type, one of the rarest and biggest type of butterfly that has a tail like a swallow. A detailed explanation concerning this area has attracted the attention of archeologists, prehistoric, and insects experts.

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    Islands

    by black_mimi99 Written Dec 21, 2006

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    We can see this small island from Losari beach….
    It’s a pity we had no time to visit the islands around Makassar, like Samalona island, which famous with natural reef, under sea garden decorated with fascinating colourful tropical fishes.

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    Paotere Harbour

    by black_mimi99 Updated Dec 20, 2006

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    The harbour is an interesting place to visit for the kind of ships that berth here - many of the ships are the famous Bugis 'pinsi' or schnooner types, which haven't changed for centuries, and this is one of the only places in the world where you'll see such an ancient design still used in everyday life.

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    Bantimurung Waterfall

    by black_mimi99 Written Dec 20, 2006

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    Bantimurung means a place for getting rid of sadness (membanting kemurungan). The spectacular waterfall is located at the valley of the steep limestone hill with its fertile tropical vegetation which makes this area an ideal habitat for the types of butterflies and birds that are famous for their small number.

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    Losari Beach

    by h4pp1 Updated Dec 26, 2005

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    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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    Kayangan Island

    by h4pp1 Updated Dec 26, 2005

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    Kayangan island is the nearest coral island from Makassar harbor. This island has been developed and renovated as the excursion center. It is a well-known relaxing resort for the people of Makassar. At weekends in particular, special shows and entertainments are always programmed to please the visitors.

    The crossing boats have been scheduled to take the tourists go and back just only IDR 20.000 on workday n IDR 25.000 on week end, from 10 am to 8 pm. The travel time is only 15 min.

    There r a restourant, couttages n some piers 4 enjoying the sunset

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    FORT ROTTERDAM

    by RoyJava Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Ford Rotterdam is one of the best-preserved examples of Dutch architecture in Indonesia. This old fortress on Jl. Ujung Pandang, overlooking the harbour right in the heart of the city, is one of the principal attractions of Ujung Pandang. Rebuilt in Dutch style the fort now bears the rather more nationalistic title of Benteng (Fort) Ujung Pandang.

    The fort's big La Caligo Museum consists of 2 buildings, one covering ethnology and the other history. See the assortment of exhibits including rice bowls from Tanah Toraja, prehistoric kitchen tools from South Sulawesi, musical instruments from Manado and various traditional marital costumes. The gift shop sells beautiful Bugis sarung of pure silk.

    It's open Tuesday to Thursday 0800 - 1400 pm., Friday 0800 - 11.30 pm., Saturday & Sunday 0800 - 12.30 pm. Monday and holidays closed. Entrance is 7500 Rp. adults, 2500 Rp. children (maybe changed for now).

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    Diponegoro Tomb & Monument

    by RoyJava Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The very popular Prince Diponegoro of Yogyakarta led the Java War of 1825-1830 but his career as a rebel leader came to a sudden halt when he was caught and arrested by the Dutch. He was misled when offering peace and exiled to Celebes/Sulawesi! He spent in Makassar the last 26 (!) years of his life in Ford Rotterdam where he wrote his memories.

    His grave and monument (Kuburan Pangeran Diponegoro) can be seen in a small cemetery where Indonesians still pay hommage at his tomb. In his famous memories he mentioned the Javanese Ratu Kidul and, it has been an honour to create a small aquarelle for the Dutch Diponegoro-book.

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    BANTIMURUNG WATERFALL

    by RoyJava Updated Jun 25, 2008

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    Located 42 km NE from Ujung Pandang you may enjoy BANTIMURUNG, a natural reserve and famous for its butterflies. It is a classic "objek wisata" (tourist object), a protected area. There are great waterfalls just set amid lushly tropical, and vegetated limestone cliffs.

    Although crowded with Indonesian daytrippers on weekends and holidays, yet a wonderful and picturesque retreat from the heat of Ujung Pandang. The forest hills hereabout are riddled with caves ...

    Just past the 15-m warerfall there's a cave at river level. Scramble along the rocks past the waterfall and get onto track. Bring a torch/flashlight to look inside the cave or, when guided by locals, enter and enjoy the thousands and thousands of multicoloured kupu-kupu (butterflies). These butterflies are famous for its beauty, once collected by the great naturalist Alfred Wallace (1629-1670). Yes, he was here!

    Euhhh,... be careful of the "daun gatal", a stinging nettle. Watch some scorpions, and ... do not enter the beautifully coloured but treacherous lake . You could be disappear, for this area is notorious for its ... quick-sands!

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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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    Fort Rotterdam [entrance]

    by ukirsari Written Aug 31, 2004

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    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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    A church inside Fort Rotterdam

    by ukirsari Updated Aug 31, 2004

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    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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