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Otanaha Fortress (Photo: @Bobo.Grid)

The panoramic view of Limboto lake at Otanaha Fortress (Photo: @Ministry of Education)

Otanaha Fortress

It is the most visited spot in Gorontalo due to its historical values. This fortress was built by the Portuguese in 1522 as an agreement with King llato of Gorontalo Kingdom in order to avoid the pirates. To reach the Otanaha fortress, you should climb 348 stairs from the entrance gate that is located in the ground level. If you get tired during the hiking walk, don’t worry! There are some rest areas at this site for the hikers. 

Cultural Tourism Destination

Otanaha Fortress

Tourist Attractions in Gorontalo

Gorontalo

Batik Motifs

Teluk Tomini

This motif illustrates the beauty of underwater life in

Karawo Pinang

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

Karawo Mahkuta

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

Jagung

The philosophy of the corn motif illustrates the dream and

 

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Sekar Jati

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

Manguni Minahasa

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

Mega Mendung

Mega Mendung signifies the cloud. This motif means to stay

Tikar Natuna

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

Jupri Kembang Teh

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

Salakanagara

Salakanagara batik motif illustrates the first kingdom in the Betawi land

Kuda Kupang

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

Bekantan Pakis

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

Pinawetengan

The Pinawetengan Batik pattern was taken from a prehistoric inscription in

Kawung

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

Keluak Daun Pakis

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

Kerawang Datar

This motif symbolizes the embodiment of of religious values for

Rangkiang

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

Durian Pecah

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

Besurek Rembulan

This batik illustrates praise for God who created the wonderful universe

Tangerang Herang

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

Gorga Simeol-Meol

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

Tenun Bima

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

Enggang Dayak

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

Bultiya

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

Tampuk Manggis Sasirangan

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

Daun Sirih

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

Tabir Tanjung

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

Pucuk Rebung Riau

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

Kaganga Tanah Rejang

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

Bomba Mawar

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

Anggrek Tewu

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

Gumin Tambun

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

Merak Lasem

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

Tongkonan

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

Biji Kopi

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

Awan Larat Riau

This motif is usually associated with gentleness, wisdom, and

Sekomandi

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

Waruga

Minahasa batik motifs are adopted from Waruga. Waruga is the

Lontara

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

Peresean

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

Besurek Rafflesia

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

Awan Berarak

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

Kuda Sepasang

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

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

Jagung

The philosophy of the corn motif illustrates the dream and

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

Pisang Bali

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

Gentala Arasy

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

Ake Patra

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

Alam Pantai

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

Rasamala

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

Rutun Penyu

This motif describes the local wisdom which favours modesty and

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

Tengkawang Ampiek

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

Gonggong Beruntun

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

Kasih Tak Sampai

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

Rumah Mamuju

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

Mahkota Siger

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

Desa Na Ualu

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

Parang Seling

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

Raja Ampat

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

Srimanganti

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

Sido Mulyo

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

Tifa Totobuang

The batik motifs illustrate Maluku’s traditional music instrument called

Kaharingan

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

Honai

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

Wirasat

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

Asmat Papua

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

Karawo Mahkuta

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

Gamolan

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

Malinau Cultural Festival

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

Pohon Hayat (Tree of Life)

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

Tidayu

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

Sandeq

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

Pattimura

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

Bunga Raye

Raye Flower motif also represents a wish for

Angsa Duo

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

Gurdo Solo

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

Abimanyu Prince

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

Pantai Ambon

Ambon city batik depicts the natural wealth and marine life of

Pati-Pati Pinehiku

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

Ukir Sentani

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

Gigi Haruan Lidi

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

Taiganja

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

Lok Baintan Floating Market

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

Daun Lada Hitam

The black pepper motif represents the main commodity of Bangka Belitung

Gedhog Kembang Waluh

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

Gonggong Siput

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

La Galigo

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

Singayaksa

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

Ceplok Gayo Aceh

The variety of colors shows the differences in society that

Jumputan Bintang

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

Merak Ngeram

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

Penari Melayu

Penari Melayu illustrates the traditional dance of Malay ethnic in

Bintik Tujuh

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

Banji Cirebon

The Banji motif is the symbol of protection and

Sinaran

This pattern originates from Cirebon. It represents the reflection of

Kerawang Tegak Aceh

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

Pucuk Mekar

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

Bayam Raja

The Raja Bayam Sasirangan motif illustrates the social status of

Kain Cual

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