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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

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

Waruga

Minahasa batik motifs are adopted from Waruga. Waruga is the

Pinawetengan

The Pinawetengan Batik pattern was taken from a prehistoric inscription in

 

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Motifs

Ukir Sentani

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

Kerawang Tegak Aceh

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

Malinau Cultural Festival

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

Mega Mendung

Mega Mendung signifies the cloud. This motif means to stay

Buketan Bali

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

Tanah Liek

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

Penari Melayu

Penari Melayu illustrates the traditional dance of Malay ethnic in

Waruga

Minahasa batik motifs are adopted from Waruga. Waruga is the

Biji Kopi

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

Insang Ikan

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

Kaganga Tanah Rejang

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

Besurek Rafflesia

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

Alam Pantai

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

Gonggong Beruntun

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

Rumah Mamuju

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

Asmat Papua

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

Kerawang Datar

This motif symbolizes the embodiment of of religious values for

Gentala Arasy

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

Manguni Minahasa

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

Besurek Rembulan

This batik illustrates praise for God who created the wonderful universe

Gamolan

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

Desa Na Tolu

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

Mahkota Siger

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

Gigi Haruan Lidi

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

Kaharingan

The Kaharingan or ‘tree of life’ based on the Dayak tribes’ belief system. This tree symbolizes

Gajah Mungkur

Semantically, it means a huge longing emotion trapped in the

Gonggong Siput

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

Tabir Tanjung

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

Peresean

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

Awan Larat Riau

This motif is usually associated with gentleness, wisdom, and

Tangerang Herang

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

Bintik Tujuh

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

Burung Bidadari

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

Salakanagara

Salakanagara batik motif illustrates the first kingdom in the Betawi land

Pantai Ambon

Ambon city batik depicts the natural wealth and marine life of

Pucuk Mekar

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

Abimanyu Prince

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

Pala Salawaku

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

Ondel-ondel

Ondel – ondel is Betawi traditional icons. This motif signifies

Teguh Bersatu

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

La Galigo

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

Pucuk Rebung Riau

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

Sero Tangga

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

Hiu Taliyasan

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

Tongkonan

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

Tubo Kelapa

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

Pinawetengan

The Pinawetengan Batik pattern was taken from a prehistoric inscription in

Keluak Daun Pakis

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

Samudra

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

Jagung

The philosophy of the corn motif illustrates the dream and

Rasamala

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

Parang Seling

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

Kawung

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

Gurdo Solo

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

Paqbarre Allo

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

Srimanganti

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

Lontara

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

Lipaq Sabe

Lipaq Saqbe contains a simple geometric classical motif with various flower decorations. This textile is

Anggrek Tewu

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

Pintu Aceh

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

Cengkeh

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

Kuda Kupang

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

Sinaran

This pattern originates from Cirebon. It represents the reflection of

Dayak Taghol

Dayak Taghol has a distinctive style of four curved lines and small dots. This motif represents

Singayaksa

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

Tenun Bima

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

Bale Lumbu

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

Banji Cirebon

The Banji motif is the symbol of protection and

Daun Lada Hitam

The black pepper motif represents the main commodity of Bangka Belitung

Awan Berarak

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

Tifa Totobuang

The batik motifs illustrate Maluku’s traditional music instrument called

Pohon Hayat (Tree of Life)

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

Jumputan Bintang

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

Gorga Simeol-Meol

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

Karawo Pinang

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

Tampuk Manggis Sasirangan

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

Jupri Kembang Teh

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

Sekomandi

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

Durian Pecah

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

Daun Simpor

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

Tidayu

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

Lok Baintan Floating Market

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

Rangkiang

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

Taiganja

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

Tifa Papua

This motif was derived from traditional Papuan musical instruments,

Wakatobi

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

Kasih Tak Sampai

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

Enggang Dayak

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

Desa Na Ualu

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

Bayam Raja

The Raja Bayam Sasirangan motif illustrates the social status of

Pati-Pati Pinehiku

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

Bunga Raye

Raye Flower motif also represents a wish for

Barong Bali

The Barong refers to the mythological animal with supra-natural

Teluk Tomini

This motif illustrates the beauty of underwater life in

Honai

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

Sido Mulyo

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

Pisang Bali

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

Karawo Mahkuta

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

Wirasat

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

Kuda Sepasang

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