Wednesday, March 13, 2013

History of Makassar : 14th Century

Since the 16th century, Makassar was the center of trade dominant in Eastern Indonesia and later became one of the largest cities in Southeast Asia. Makassar kings implementing a strict policy of free trade, in where all visitors to Makassar entitled to commerce there, and resisted attempts VOC (Dutch) for acquire a monopoly in the city.

In addition, tolerant attitude toward religion means that although Islam is increasingly becoming a major religion in region, the Christian religion and belief Everything is still able to trade in Makassar. It is cause Makassar became an important center for Malay people who work in the trade in Maluku islands, and also became an important base for traders from Europe and Arab.

All This privilege can not be separated from the wisdom of King Gowa-Tallo who ruled at that time (Sultan Alauddin, King Gowa and Awalul Islam Sultan, King Tallo).

Makassar rulers control the decline as the growing influence of the Dutch in the region and strengthening of the political monopoly of the spice trade who applied the Dutch through the
VOC. In 1669, The Netherlands, along with La Tenri Tatta Palakka Whitewater and Doing some of the Dutch royal attack allies against the Islamic kingdom of Gowa-Tallo they deem as the biggest obstacle to mastering Stone spices in eastern Indonesia.

After the war all out to defend the kingdom against a coalition led by the Dutch empire, Gowa-Tallo finally (Makassar) and pressed with forced to sign an agreement Bongaya. Makassar also mentioned in the book that was written Nagara Kertagama by the MPU Prapanca in the 14th century.

This is the history of makassar city

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Visit Makassar, Please!

During a visit to Bali, we met a tourist from Mecca. He helped us get some photos. While further ado, he also asked our origin. We proudly replied, "we're from Makassar". "Makassar? Jakarta?" he asked. We replied, "no, Makassar in Sulawesi, South Sulawesi exactly. Makassar not part of Jakarta". Apparently the tourists only know Jakarta and Bali, not with other places. I asked again , "Do you know the Toraja? Tana Toraja". I hope he knows this place, as Tana Toraja is the most famous tourist attractions in South Sulawesi. Again, the answer is "I don,t know". Oh well, many people in the world don't know my village, Makassar. Through this article I will tell you a little about Makassar and why you must visit here.

Makassar (sometimes spelled Macassar, Mangkasar, from 1971 to 1999 officially known as Ujungpandang) is a city and also the capital of South Sulawesi province. The city is the largest city in eastern Indonesia. Located on the west coast of the island of Sulawesi, facing the Makassar Strait. Makassar Strait adjacent to the west, Pangkajene Islands regency in the north, to the east of Maros and Gowa in the south. The city is considered one of the largest cities in Indonesia from the demographic aspects of development and with different ethnic groups residing in the city. Spare a significant amount of interest in the city is Makassar Makassar, Bugis, Toraja, Mandar, Buton, Javanese, and Chinese. Typical kulinary foods that are common Makassar like Coto Makassar, Maros Bread, Jalangkote, Cake Tori, Palubutung, Banana Ijo, Brother Soup and Konro Soup. Makassar has an area of ​​175.77 km² and a population of approximately 1.4 million people.

Losari Beach, Icon of Makassar

Losari is right in the heart of the city of Makassar, on Jalan Penghibur, which is located to the west of the city of Makassar, South Sulawesi. Losari is an icon of the city of Makassar. First, beaches are approximately one kilometer beach was once dubbed as the world's longest dining table, because the tent stalls lined the shore embankment. Now, these stalls have been relocated to a place not far from the tourist area. 

Makassar City Government has beautify beaches by making the bridge area of ​​100 thousand square meters, making it look more beautiful, clean, pollution-free and comfortable place to visit. Sightseeing is the most visited in the afternoon, between the hours of 5 pm to 9 pm. In addition, Losari beach crowded city residents to exercise in the morning during the holidays. 

Losari is typical icon Makassar which is one of the popular in Indonesia, situated overlooking the sea off is the most popular attractions South Sulawesi. The area beaches are flanked the location is very strategic straits and artificial platforms, buildings, five-star hotel, restaurant, cafes and a variety of places to shop. In general, the beach is often an attractive option, especially for the newcomers.

Samalona, The Paradise Island

Samalona Island is one of the beautiful islands in the Strait of Makassar. The distance is about 7 km from the mainland Makassar, precisely in the southwest of the west coast of South Sulawesi, can be clearly seen from the fort Fort Rotterdam Makassar. Samalona Island is one nautical tourism in South Sulawesi that must be visited. White sand and clear sea water make this island perfect for sunbathing. In addition, the island is great for snorkeling and diving (diving), as it is surrounded by a diversity of flora and fauna are beautiful.

Formerly used as a base Samalona island arsenal when fighting the Dutch colonial fortress of the Kingdom of Gowa Sultan Hasanuddin facing the sea, known as Fort Pannyua (Rotterdam). Rotterdam Area fortress that reaches about three acres at the center of defense in Makassar, while the nearby island Samalona into place to attack colonial Makassar. It is said also that this small island formerly used for a place of exile of lepers. Since then, not many people dare to visit this island. But now the island has become a very ideal place to visit for its beauty and its proximity to the city center.

How to get there? Many boat owners will kindly offer you get there by boat. You can rent a small motorized boat would cost IDR 300,000 to IDR 400,000. The ship in front of Fort Rotterdam dock. If you bring the motor vehicle, it can be parked safely at the dock with rental parking IDR 10,000 per night. Small boat trip is around 20 minutes.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Great Indonesia

Indonesian my homeland,
There I stood,
So scout mom.

Indonesia my country,
Nation and my homeland,
Let us cry out,
United Indonesia.

Live my land,
Live my country,
People, My people, all of them,
Build soul,
Arise body,
For Great Indonesia.

Indonesia, the glorious land,
Our rich soil,
There I stood,
To forever.

Indonesia, land inheritance,
Heritage us all,
Let us pray,
Indonesia happy.

Fertile land,
Fertile soul,
Nation, its people, all of them,
Realize heart,
Realize virtuous,
For Great Indonesia.

Indonesia, the holy land,
Our sacred soil,
There I stood,
Maintain true mother.

Indonesia, soil series,
Land that I love,
Let us promise,
Indonesia eternal.

Safe the people,
Safe the son,
Island, the sea, everything,
Go ahead the country,
Go ahead the scout,
For Great Indonesia.

Great Indonesia,
Freedom, independence,
My land, my country which I love!
Great Indonesia,
Freedom, independence,
Live and Great Indonesia.