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.
Since the 16th century, Makassar was the dominant trading center in Eastern Indonesia and later became one of the largest cities in Southeast Asia. Kings Makassar implement a strict policy of free trade, in which all visitors to Makassar right to trade there and rejected the VOC (Dutch) to obtain a monopoly in the city. In addition, the tolerant attitude towards religion means that although Islam is increasingly becoming a major religion in the region, the Christian religion and other beliefs can still trade in Makassar. This causes Makassar became an important center for the Malay people who work in the trade in the Maluku islands and also the headquarters of important for traders from Europe and Arab.Semua this privilege can not be separated from the King of Gowa-Tallo wisdom of the reigning (Sultan Alauddin, King of Gowa and Awalul Islam Sultan, King of Tallo). Makassar rulers control decreases as the growing influence of the Dutch in the region and the strengthening of the political monopoly of the spice trade were implemented through the Dutch VOC. In 1669, the Netherlands, along with La Tenri Tatta Whitewater Palakka and some allies of the Dutch royal Doing attack against the Islamic kingdom of Gowa-Tallo they perceive as the biggest obstacle to mastering spices in eastern Indonesia. After an all-out war to defend the kingdom against kingdom some coalition led by the Netherlands, eventually Gowa-Tallo (Makassar) pressed and forced to sign a treaty with Bongaya. Makassar is also mentioned in the Nagara Kertagama mentioned by MPU Prapanca the 14th century.

Makassar is a multi-ethnic city residents mostly from the tribe Makassar Makassar and Bugis rest comes from the Toraja, Mandar, Buton, Chinese, Javanese, and so on. Makassar city has an international airport, the Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport. 

What is unique in Makassar? In addition to culinary tourism, some unique things in Makassar rickshaws and public transport is called pete-pete. In addition, many tourist spots in Makassar that you must visit. Some attractions include Losari Beach, Fort Rotterdam, beaches Akarena, Laelae Island, Khayangan Island, Samalona Island, fortress Sombaopu, beaches Barombong, Tomb Kings Tallo, Ports Paotere, Heroes Cemetery, Trans Studio (largest Indoor Theme Park in the world)

Moreover, Makassar is a gateway tourism eastern Indonesia. You must come here if you want to enjoy other attractions such as the Tomb of Joseph Sjekh (Gowa), Bantimurung (Maros), Malino (Gowa), even Tana Toraja.

Although there are many facilities and infrastructure (especially tourism) that need to be built in Makassar, the beauty of the city and the hospitality of its inhabitants shall be enjoy. Do not be affected if there are some people saying Rude Makassar city, that's not true. Characteristics of the Makassar is tough, but not abrasive. So, there's no reason not to visit Makassar if you're in Indonesia. Visit Makassar, please. 

Map Source  : http://d3pariwisataunj.blogspot.com/2011/01/sulawesi-selatan-memiliki-pariwisata.html

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