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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.

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Manado City

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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

Manguni Minahasa

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

Tari Kabasaran

the Kabasaran dance is a sacred dance performed in the

 

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Batik

Motifs

Karawo Pinang

Pinang refers to the Palm areca tree. This motif is considered as the original

Jagung

The philosophy of the corn motif illustrates the dream and

Pala Salawaku

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

Tangerang Herang

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

Gajah Mungkur

Semantically, it means a huge longing emotion trapped in the

Kain Cual

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

Rutun Penyu

This motif describes the local wisdom which favours modesty and

Leuit Sijimat

This motif reflects the daily activities of the Baduy tribe in Banten. The main ornaments of batik motif consist of:

Tanah Liek

The word “Tanah Liek” refers to clay in Minang language. It is also known as

Daun Sirih

This motif illustrates betel leaves that are used by Lombok communities as traditional

Jupri Kembang Teh

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

Mahkota Siger

Siger is the crown of a noblewoman in ancient time. It is a symbol of femininity, strength, and

Waruga

Minahasa batik motifs are adopted from Waruga. Waruga is the

Rumah Mamuju

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

Merak Lasem

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

Pohon Hayat (Tree of Life)

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

Samudra

This art painting means to be strong-willed person to pursue

Lontara

The Lontara script itself is a typical ancient script of Bugis and Makassar communities. History records that

Parang Seling

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

Bultiya

The word ‘Bultiya’ is an acronym of the three major tribes in North Kalimantan, namely

Rangkiang

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

Gajah Way Kambas

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

Tampuk Manggis Sasirangan

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

Kuda Kupang

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

Karawo Mahkuta

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

Kalo Sara

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

Cengkeh

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

Ceplok Gayo Aceh

The variety of colors shows the differences in society that

Kamaro Timika

This motif is inspired by sacred symbols of Kamaro communities in

Asmat Papua

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

Gedhog Kembang Waluh

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

Kerawang Tegak Aceh

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

Wakatobi

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

Bintik Tujuh

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

Keluak Daun Pakis

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

Mega Mendung

Mega Mendung signifies the cloud. This motif means to stay

Pati-Pati Pinehiku

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

Desa Na Ualu

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

Gamolan

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

Awan Berarak

Awan Berarak is a combination of Dayak motifs and Malay patterns. The word ‘Awan Berarak’ means the

Manguni Minahasa

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

Sinaran

This pattern originates from Cirebon. It represents the reflection of

Tifa Papua

This motif was derived from traditional Papuan musical instruments,

Tengkawang Ampiek

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

Dayak Kamang

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

Banji Cirebon

The Banji motif is the symbol of protection and

Bayam Raja

The Raja Bayam Sasirangan motif illustrates the social status of

Peresean

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

Wirasat

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

Sekomandi

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

Ake Patra

Ake is related to the divinity and the composition of the universe. It is a symbol of

Pantai Ambon

Ambon city batik depicts the natural wealth and marine life of

Pisang Bali

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

Lok Baintan Floating Market

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

Tongkonan

Toraja’s traditional house is called Tongkonan. Tongkonan is a place for

Kasih Tak Sampai

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

Pucuk Mekar

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

Buketan Bali

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

Teluk Tomini

This motif illustrates the beauty of underwater life in

Gurdo Solo

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

Kaganga Tanah Rejang

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

Bekantan Pakis

This motif represents Pakis Haji (Polystichum setiferum), an endemic plant in

Ikan tambal

The word “Ikan” refers to fish. The philosophical meaning of Ikan Tambal means is

Pinawetengan

The Pinawetengan Batik pattern was taken from a prehistoric inscription in

Tabir Tanjung

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

Burung Bidadari

Bidadari birds are endemic birds in Halmahera. This motif represents an

Sandeq

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

Kerawang Datar

This motif symbolizes the embodiment of of religious values for

Penari Melayu

Penari Melayu illustrates the traditional dance of Malay ethnic in

Tidayu

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

Enggang Dayak

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

Pucuk Rebung Riau

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

Tenun Bima

The motifs are adopted from Bima woven textile. This pattern has received a great

Merak Ngeram

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

Alam Pantai

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

Anggrek Tewu

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

La Galigo

La Galigo is a literary work of the Buginese Epic that has 300 thousand epic lines. It is considered even

Ondel-ondel

Ondel – ondel is Betawi traditional icons. This motif signifies

Tubo Kelapa

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

Gonggong Siput

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

Parang Rusak

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

Pattimura

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

Kawung

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

Paqbarre Allo

The word “Barre” means round and “Allo” means the sunlight. This motif is interpreted as

Insang Ikan

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

Durian Pecah

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

Pintu Aceh

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

Bale Lumbu

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

Gumin Tambun

Based on Hindu mythology, this motif symbolizes lucks, abundant wealth, and

Daun Simpor

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

Prada Papua

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

Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat motif represents the marine life at Raja Ampat archipelago in

Bunga Raye

Raye Flower motif also represents a wish for

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

Besurek Rembulan

This batik illustrates praise for God who created the wonderful universe

Salakanagara

Salakanagara batik motif illustrates the first kingdom in the Betawi land

Tikar Natuna

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

Honai

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

Barong Bali

The Barong refers to the mythological animal with supra-natural