Kumasi Things to Do

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    Even More People Pictures From Kumasi

    by atufft Updated Apr 21, 2016

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    Notice the differences between the Christian and Muslim women. I never could detect any real personality difference between the Muslim and Christian women, other than the clothing. In reality, truth be told, African culture overrides religious dogma and ritual.

    Young Muslim Woman Young Muslim Woman A Muslim and Christian Together Christian Fabric Vendor Christian Fabric Vendor
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    Armed Forces Museum

    by iaint Written Oct 31, 2015

    This may be the oldest building in the city, but opinions conflict. Does it date from 1820ish, or 1897? The current building was completed under British rule in 1897.

    The guided tour has a very good reputation.

    I can’t say, because the museum is open Tuesday to Sunday allegedly, but wasn’t on the Sunday we came calling. Ghana can be like that...

    You’ll find a good number of craft type vendors outside the museum. It’s supposed to be one of the best places to buy local stuff, but not on a Sunday...

    Address: Kumasi Fort, Stewart Road, Kumasi.

    Directions: City centre.

    Phone: 0322 23103

    Website: http://www.ghanamuseums.org/kumasi-fort-millitary-museum.php

    The Fort Stewart Road
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    National Cultural Centre

    by iaint Written Oct 30, 2015

    This houses the Prempeh II Jubilee Museum, as well as the regional tourist office and a number of local craft shops.

    As a result of one of those typical misunderstandings which afflicted us in dealing with our local colleagues, we visited on a Sunday. The museum was closed, as were many of the shops.

    Those which were open made it worth the visit however, and I picked up several little gifts for the folks back home.

    Address: Bantama Road, Kumasi

    Directions: City centre, a bit west of the Kejetia market.

    Website: http://www.ghana.travel/touring_ghana/cultural_sites/kumasi_cultural_centre/

    the craft shop area one of the shops locals sculpture + lizard watching...
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    Golden Tulip Hotel

    by iaint Written Oct 16, 2015

    I haven’t stayed there and I have no plans to. That’s why this entry isn’t in the “where to stay” section.

    However, work does take us in there a few times each week. Both of the local Rotary clubs meet there and we’ve been along to visit them. We’ve also had a few meetings in the bar/coffee shop.

    The air conditioning and the European style luxury are a pleasant change from the heat, traffic and pollution we have to deal with for much of the time.

    Service can be patchy in the bar/coffee shop. A smile and a joke will help more than grumpiness if it happens to you.

    I’ve heard the restaurant is totally overpriced, but that’s just hearsay.

    Address: Rain Tree Street, Kumasi

    Directions: Southeast part of city centre.

    Phone: +233 32 2083777

    Website: http://www.goldentulipkumasicity.com/en

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    Kejetia

    by iaint Written Oct 10, 2015

    Went to the famous Kumasi market today - the Kejetia.

    Our planning was poor and we arrived in the middle of the day. It was hot. Too hot.

    It was fascinating even although we didn’t stay long. It covers 12 hectares. It’s the largest market in West Africa. You could spend all day there and only see a bit.

    Our local fixer (Maxwell) guided us - he was essential. I don’t know if it was his presence but we had no hassle from anyone trying to pressure sell to us.

    If you're claustrophobic, give it a miss.

    Address: City centre

    Directions: See above

    inside from above above, again looking east stall holders
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    The Big market (Kumasi market)

    by georeiser Updated Jan 10, 2011

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    Kumasi market is the largest open air market in Ghana, and the second largest in Africa. The market is famous in W-Africa, and traders come from other countries to sell their goods here. The market is a sprawling and chaotic place. It is located right in the city centre, on the former railway track.

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    Kumasi zoo

    by georeiser Written Jan 10, 2011

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    Ghana zoo is a well established zoo, founded in 1957. The location in the downtown is great with the big marked is right beside. You enter through a gate where the ticket counter is a table to the right side. Quite basic and typical African. The first thing you see is a fence with ostrich and some other birds. All the other animals are inside houses. After having a look, I thought the zoo wasn't too inviting. It costs 5 GHC to enter, and you can park a car inside.

    Directions: Close to the Big Market

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  • See traditional brass casting in a village setting

    by Fiema Updated Jul 24, 2010

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    Get out of the city to one of the craft villages - there is a well worn tourist route to the North East - Kente, Adinkra and carving villages - but you should also try Krofrom to the South a brass casting village, about 30 minutes from town. There are buses but its easier to charter a taxi. There is a video and more information on my web site at http://www.fiema.com/brass.htm

    Address: Krofrom, Kumasi

    Website: http://www.fiema.com/brass.htm

    Brass caster Paul in Krofrom
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    Ashanti Cultural Arts Center: Bronze Casting

    by atufft Updated Mar 25, 2007

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    The Ashanti were skilled at both iron and bronze work for centuries before the arrival of the Europeans. Very large bronze work startled the first Europeans, both for the skill and artistic quality. At the Ashanti Cultural Arts Center, there is a bronze master who demonstrates the lost wax method of casting. First, the molds are made. Wax pieces are themselves molded, and clay "straws" attached, and then second, a combination of ash and clay are molded around the wax. Third, the clay molds are fired to make them durable, and the wax drains out in the firing process, leaving a void for the molten bronze. The bronze master gathers scrap bronze from auto parts, plumbing fixtures, etc. and puts them into a vessel that won't melt. He uses a small fire of charcoal and to bring the heat of the fire to melt the bronze to 2020F, he would traditionally use bellows to fan the flame. Now, he uses an old leave blower. Then the bronze has cooled, the mold is broken, and the bronze pieces cleaned with citrus juice. Our Ashanti bronze master reported that he had visited the United States at the invitation of a middle school teacher.

    Address: Ashanti Cultural Arts Center

    Directions: Up the hill from the transportation center of town.

    Lost Wax Casting--carving the wax pieces Lost Wax Casting Group Finished Molds Drying in the Sun Cleaning the finished Bronze Pieces Ashanti Bronze for Sale
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    Open Air Meat Market

    by atufft Updated Mar 23, 2007

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    In the open air market, currency are traded, jewelry sold, pots & pans, clothing, and a vast number of foodstuffs are sold, including freshly butchered meat. The butchers didn't like me taking photos of them while they worked, so I have only this one image of a smiling butcher and his scale. Reportedly, bush meat is sold in markets like this, but I didn't see anything but chickens, beef, lamb, pork, and fish. There were lots of flies buzzing around, so I was disinclined to buy.

    Kumasi Open Air Market Butcher
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    Kumasi Military Housing

    by atufft Updated Mar 22, 2007

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    Close to the city center on a hill that dominates the city, there is a complex of run down colonial era brick and clapboard buildings, which were originally the location of the Ashanti king's fortifications, later British military housing, and today Ghana military housing. The soldiers aren't paid very much, so families keep goats.

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    More People Pictures from Kumasi

    by atufft Updated Mar 22, 2007

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    My new compact printer gadget helped boost my ability to get lovely images. The young handsome people working in the fabric section of the marketplace easily matched the brilliant colors of their background.

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    Ashanti Cultural Arts Center: Cane Furniture

    by atufft Updated Mar 22, 2007

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    The Ashanti Cultural Arts Center also has some furniture makers, some who use plank boards carved in ornate ways, and others who make cane furniture. We were lucky enough to have a friend include some of the cane furniture in a container that she shipped to California, allowing us to avoid the complications of shipping the furniture ourselves. But, we didn't buy our furniture here.

    Cane furniture Craftsman Cane furniture on sale
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    Ashanti Cultural Arts Center: Batik Cloth

    by atufft Updated Mar 22, 2007

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    The African cotton fabrics are in general wonderful for their rich colors. There are a great many exotic print fabrics available in the marketplace, but watching batik coloring of fabric is fun. My friend and guide found a like minded young woman who explained to me how the work was carried out. I was by this time pretty sweaty from a day of hiking in the tropical heat, but my host wanted my guide to take a picture of us together. I printed a copy off on my portable printer, and then took pictures of her and them together. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to make clothes on this visit, but naturally I did buy some sample fabrics for my wife to sew.

    Address: Ashanti Cultural Arts Center

    Directions: Up the hill of from the transportation center.

    Batik Being Made at the Cultural Arts Center Kumasi Batik My guide and batik expert Batik expert and me Smiling Ashanti Batik expert and measuring tape
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    Ashanti Cultural Arts Center: Kente Cloth

    by atufft Updated Mar 22, 2007

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    Some of the best shopping is done at this park like atmosphere of artisans at work. Ashante Kente cloth is a very tightly woven double sided technique that turns out a relatively narrow, but unlimited length fabric. Kente cloth is used for sashes of various types. Kente cloth strips are sewn together to provide wider cloth.

    Address: Central Kumasi

    Directions: Just up the hill from the bus terminal and open market complex

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