Cultural Destination

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Manado city (photo: @beindonesia)

Bukit Kasih or “Hill of Love” (photo: @Tribunnews)

Manado City

The city of Manado is famous as a unique city as it is located in a bay near the open sea. With views of sea mountains, beaches, and tropical land, the city is famous for its amazing natural tourism potential. After Makassar, the city of Manado became the second most crowded city on the island of Sulawesi, especially for tourism. The city is also a national priority destination of Indonesia that presents a variety of cultural attractions, culinary and hotels with five-star facilities. One of the unique spot at this city is Bukit Kasih that means the “Hill of Love”. Here you will find worship places for 5 different religions such as mosque, christian church, catholic church, Hindu temple, Buddhist shrine. This historical site serves as the symbol of harmony in religious diversity in North Sulawesi.

Cultural Tourism Destination

Manado City

Tourist Attractions in North Sulawesi

North Sulawesi

Batik Motifs

Waruga

Minahasa batik motifs are adopted from Waruga. Waruga is the

Pinawetengan

The Pinawetengan Batik pattern was taken from a prehistoric inscription in

Tari Kabasaran

the Kabasaran dance is a sacred dance performed in the

Manguni Minahasa

Manguni is identified as the symbol of the Minahasa people. Manguni is known as a

 

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Batik

Motifs

Gedhog Kembang Waluh

a combination of Javanese cultural motif of the Majapahit kingdom (XII-XIV century) with

Tikar Natuna

The Tikar Natuna motif is adapted from the traditional making of pandanus mats in

Sero Tangga

The Sero Tangga illustrates an endearing feeling and sacrifices of a person to fulfil

Karawo Mahkuta

Mahkuta refers to Gorontalo’s traditional crown. It represents noble characters of

Honai

The Honai is inspired by the traditional house of the Papuan community living in

Tifa Totobuang

The batik motifs illustrate Maluku’s traditional music instrument called

Pucuk Rebung Riau

Pucuk Rebung symbolizes heart determination in achieving goals, good luck, and

Desa Na Ualu

The Gorga motif of Ualu Village is the symbol of the eight cardinal

Gonggong Beruntun

This motif illustrates that a person should maintain a positive attitude and

Rangkiang

The word “Rangkiang” refers to the rice granary in the Minangkabau language. It symbolizes

Kain Cual

Cual textile tradition has existed since the 17th century. The word “Cual” refers to

Bintik Tujuh

The Bintik Tujuh (Seven Dots) motif has 7 white spots and green color gradation as

Pohon Hayat (Tree of Life)

The Batik motifs in Lampung are dominated by the acculturation of Buddhist and

Penari Melayu

Penari Melayu illustrates the traditional dance of Malay ethnic in

Gurdo Solo

Gurdo or garuda bird is the mount of the Indian god Vishnu. As the Sun Bird,

Banji Cirebon

The Banji motif is the symbol of protection and

Singayaksa

The Singayaksa motif comes from the name of a place where Sultan Hasanuddin used to

Taiganja

Taiganja is a precious gold pendant that shows the social status of the Kaili family. It is

Kerawang Tegak Aceh

The Vertical Upright (Kerawang Tegak) Motif symbolizes a person who has a strong

Gonggong Siput

Gonggong (Strombus Turturella) is one type of sea snail found around

Merak Ngeram

The hatching peacock motif has a very deep meaning which refers to the sacrifice and

Besurek Rafflesia

The term “Basurek” refers to a textile that contains letters or inscriptions

Srimanganti

The name of the Srimanganti motif is derived from Palace’s hallway that connects to

Tangerang Herang

Tangerang Herang motif is a symbol of Tangerang city. The Tangerang Herang batik motif consists of

Insang Ikan

Insang refers to the gills of the fish. This is a typical pattern of Malay ethnic who inhabits

Kamaro Timika

This motif is inspired by sacred symbols of Kamaro communities in

Pati-Pati Pinehiku

It symbolizes the hierarchy in society and the social status of the Mekongga

Tampuk Manggis Sasirangan

The motif illustrates the philosophy of the mangosteen fruit, which is

Sekar Jati

Sekar means flower and Jati refers to teak trees that symbolizes a strong mental character that

Keluak Daun Pakis

The word “Keluak” is a Minang language which means twisted or tangled. The Motif of

Sandeq

Sandeq Boat is a symbol of the maritime importance of the West Sulawesi region. The greatness of

Durian Pecah

Broken Durian motifs depict the foundation of faith. The second half signifies the mastery of

Ondel-ondel

Ondel – ondel is Betawi traditional icons. This motif signifies

Kasih Tak Sampai

‘Kasih Tak Sampai’ is an idiom in the Indonesian language which refers to

Daun Simpor

This motif is inspired by the Simpor plant (Dillenia Suffruticosa) which is a typical

Sekomandi

Its philosophical meaning is the eternal union which refers to a saying “until death do us part”

Barong Bali

The Barong refers to the mythological animal with supra-natural

Biji Kopi

The coffee seeds motif illustrates the pride of local coffee specialities in

Prada Papua

The word “Prada” in the Javanese-Indonesian dialect means a batik textile that

Teguh Bersatu

This batik motif shows the strength of the people of Kupang. It also represents a sense of

Tidayu

The name of this motif is the acronym of three ethnics namely,

Malinau Cultural Festival

You will witness a unique competition that might not be found other than in

Tubo Kelapa

Coconut tree is a symbol of a good character and strong mentality. It illustrates the more success a person, the more

Jagung

The philosophy of the corn motif illustrates the dream and

Angsa Duo

According to legend, the Angso duo batik motif is a pair of swans that are believed to have led Princess

Mega Mendung

Mega Mendung signifies the cloud. This motif means to stay

Dayak Kamang

Kamang motif is generally found in the Dayak tribe shield because it is believed to

Gorga Simeol-Meol

The Gorga Simeol-meol is a pattern of plant tendrils. it is regarded as a symbol of longevity and

Lok Baintan Floating Market

As you can imagine, the most authentic thing is that you can buy things and even

Pisang Bali

This batik motif is usually given by a person to his/her lover who is

Tabir Tanjung

Tanjung flower is a type of Cherry tree flower, which is commonly found in

Kaganga Tanah Rejang

If Batik Besurek combines Arabic calligraphy motifs, then the Kaganga batik takes

Daun Lada Hitam

The black pepper motif represents the main commodity of Bangka Belitung

Enggang Dayak

Local people beliefs that hornbills are an incarnation of the Commander of the Birds. It has supernatural

Pintu Aceh

The motif is inspired by Aceh’s traditional architecture that has

Abimanyu Prince

This motif implies a hope that the wearer will have the wisdom of

Peresean

The Peresean is a game that sometimes some kinds of magic are

Pala Salawaku

This motif illustrates the unique weapons of the Maluku region, namely

Teluk Tomini

This motif illustrates the beauty of underwater life in

Anggrek Tewu

This motif is created based on the local wisdom and philosophy of

Tifa Papua

This motif was derived from traditional Papuan musical instruments,

Bunga Raye

Raye Flower motif also represents a wish for

Merak Lasem

The peacock is considered to be the king of the birds. It represents

Rumah Mamuju

the Batik motif illustrates the house of Mamuju King with the stairs, located on the left of the wooden stage house

Alam Pantai

The word “Alam Pantai” refers to the natural beauty of

Desa Na Tolu

The Desa Na Tolu characteristic pattern symbolizes the Batak philosophy of existence and

Pattimura

Pattimura is the name of an Indonesian hero who fought against colonialism in

Bomba Mawar

This motif means sacred love for family, kingdom, and God; It also illustrates

Gamolan

This motif illustrates Gamolan, a bamboo musical instrument of Lampung that is

Hiu Taliyasan

Indonesia is also home to the world’s largest fish, the whale shark (Rhincodon typus). Hiu Taliyasan refers to

Rasamala

The Rasamala Batik motif is associated with a story when the Dutch came

Wakatobi

It symbolizes the coastal beauty of the Wakatobi island and the symbol of Patra symbolizes

Parang Rusak

Another meaning behind this motif is an unconquerable spirit, symbolized by

Gajah Mungkur

Semantically, it means a huge longing emotion trapped in the

Gigi Haruan Lidi

The Gigi Haruan Lidi motif is taken from the name of the cork fish and is a symbol of

Jumputan Bintang

The word Jumputan means the tie-dye technique, while the word “Bintang” refers to

Pinawetengan

The Pinawetengan Batik pattern was taken from a prehistoric inscription in

Asmat Papua

The batik motif illustrates the Asmat’s sacred tribal motifs that are

Bale Lumbu

This motif signifies the welfare of the ancient Sasak society. Bale also symbolizes the

Sido Mulyo

Sidomulyo is one of the classical motifs, which is specifically used for the bride’s costume in

Gentala Arasy

Built as high as 80 meters, the tower also highlights the historical side of

Ceplok Gayo Aceh

The variety of colors shows the differences in society that

Kalo Sara

Kalo Sara is a sacred motif for Tolaki ethnic. It is considered as

Rutun Penyu

This motif describes the local wisdom which favours modesty and

Buketan Bali

The Balinese bouquet (Buketan Bali) is a floral arrangement and the name is

Wirasat

Wirasat or divine inspiration is a gift from God. This inspiration is symbolized by

Kawung

The Kawung motif was created by Sultan Agung Hanyokrokusumo (1593 – 1645) as a symbolic gift for

Tengkawang Ampiek

With its many advantages, the Dayaks use this leaf in ritual ceremonies. This plant is a symbol of

Jupri Kembang Teh

Kembang Teh illustrates the tendrils of tea plants that grow in the highlands of

Cengkeh

The clove flower motif is the main commodity of the Tolitoli Regency. This motif represents

Manguni Minahasa

Manguni is identified as the symbol of the Minahasa people. Manguni is known as a

Waruga

Minahasa batik motifs are adopted from Waruga. Waruga is the

Kuda Sepasang

For the people of Kupang, having a strong horse is a matter of

Besurek Rembulan

This batik illustrates praise for God who created the wonderful universe

Parang Seling

Parang Seling or “alternating daggers” is a royal batik motif. It is a feminine variant of

Pucuk Mekar

This motive reflects the joy and gratitude to God over the grace of

Gajah Way Kambas

The motif illustrates the Lampung’s natural reserve, the Way Kambas. it also symbolizes

Ukir Sentani

The Ukir motif is a batik motif that is inspired by various traditional Sentani wood carvings

Sinaran

This pattern originates from Cirebon. It represents the reflection of

Kuda Kupang

Horses symbolize wealth. It contains noble values of virtuous characters that bring