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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

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

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

 

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Gorga Simeol-Meol

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

Sido Mulyo

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

Manguni Minahasa

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

Srimanganti

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

Alam Pantai

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

Ceplok Gayo Aceh

The variety of colors shows the differences in society that

Teguh Bersatu

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

Gigi Haruan Lidi

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

Jagung

The philosophy of the corn motif illustrates the dream 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

Gonggong Siput

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

Pucuk Mekar

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

Pucuk Rebung Riau

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

Sinaran

This pattern originates from Cirebon. It represents the reflection of

Sekomandi

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

Pintu Aceh

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

Mahkota Siger

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

Biji Kopi

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

Tabir Tanjung

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

Pinawetengan

The Pinawetengan Batik pattern was taken from a prehistoric inscription in

Mega Mendung

Mega Mendung signifies the cloud. This motif means to stay

La Galigo

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

Tikar Natuna

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

Besurek Rembulan

This batik illustrates praise for God who created the wonderful universe

Rangkiang

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

Pala Salawaku

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

Kaharingan

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

Parang Seling

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

Honai

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

Karawo Mahkuta

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

Banji Cirebon

The Banji motif is the symbol of protection and

Salakanagara

Salakanagara batik motif illustrates the first kingdom in the Betawi land

Prada Papua

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

Enggang Dayak

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

Kerawang Datar

This motif symbolizes the embodiment of of religious values for

Penari Melayu

Penari Melayu illustrates the traditional dance of Malay ethnic in

Kamaro Timika

This motif is inspired by sacred symbols of Kamaro communities in

Buketan Bali

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

Pisang Bali

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

Ondel-ondel

Ondel – ondel is Betawi traditional icons. This motif signifies

Dayak Kamang

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

Pohon Hayat (Tree of Life)

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

Bomba Mawar

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

Ikan tambal

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

Tubo Kelapa

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

Kain Cual

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

Lipaq Sabe

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

Desa Na Tolu

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

Kuda Sepasang

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

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

Kalo Sara

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

Rumah Mamuju

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

Samudra

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

Tifa Totobuang

The batik motifs illustrate Maluku’s traditional music instrument called

Wakatobi

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

Ake Patra

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

Merak Lasem

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

Tifa Papua

This motif was derived from traditional Papuan musical instruments,

Taiganja

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

Gentala Arasy

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

Bayam Raja

The Raja Bayam Sasirangan motif illustrates the social status of

Bintik Tujuh

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

Durian Pecah

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

Tidayu

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

Gonggong Beruntun

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

Tongkonan

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

Tengkawang Ampiek

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

Bultiya

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

Pati-Pati Pinehiku

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

Gajah Way Kambas

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

Besurek Rafflesia

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

Burung Bidadari

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

Raja Ampat

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

Gajah Mungkur

Semantically, it means a huge longing emotion trapped in the

Daun Sirih

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

Abimanyu Prince

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

Merak Ngeram

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

Kuda Kupang

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

Rasamala

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

Desa Na Ualu

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

Barong Bali

The Barong refers to the mythological animal with supra-natural

Daun Lada Hitam

The black pepper motif represents the main commodity of Bangka Belitung

Gurdo Solo

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

Bekantan Pakis

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

Lok Baintan Floating Market

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

Waruga

Minahasa batik motifs are adopted from Waruga. Waruga is the

Parang Rusak

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

Lontara

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

Sekar Jati

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

Malinau Cultural Festival

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

Tampuk Manggis Sasirangan

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

Asmat Papua

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

Daun Simpor

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

Jumputan Bintang

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

Singayaksa

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

Rutun Penyu

This motif describes the local wisdom which favours modesty and

Pantai Ambon

Ambon city batik depicts the natural wealth and marine life of

Gamolan

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