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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. 

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Otanaha Fortress

Tourist Attractions in Gorontalo

Gorontalo

Batik Motifs

Karawo Mahkuta

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

Karawo Pinang

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

Teluk Tomini

This motif illustrates the beauty of underwater life in

Jagung

The philosophy of the corn motif illustrates the dream and

 

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Pucuk Mekar

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

Awan Larat Riau

This motif is usually associated with gentleness, wisdom, and

Kaganga Tanah Rejang

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

Tidayu

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

Alam Pantai

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

Banji Cirebon

The Banji motif is the symbol of protection and

Pinawetengan

The Pinawetengan Batik pattern was taken from a prehistoric inscription in

Gentala Arasy

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

Gorga Simeol-Meol

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

Pintu Aceh

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

Wakatobi

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

Lok Baintan Floating Market

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

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

Tubo Kelapa

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

Bunga Raye

Raye Flower motif also represents a wish for

Prada Papua

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

Pati-Pati Pinehiku

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

Salakanagara

Salakanagara batik motif illustrates the first kingdom in the Betawi land

Rutun Penyu

This motif describes the local wisdom which favours modesty and

Tikar Natuna

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

Gajah Mungkur

Semantically, it means a huge longing emotion trapped in the

Bekantan Pakis

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

Buketan Bali

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

Rangkiang

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

Teguh Bersatu

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

Sekomandi

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

Hiu Taliyasan

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

Gonggong Beruntun

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

Insang Ikan

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

Parang Rusak

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

Penari Melayu

Penari Melayu illustrates the traditional dance of Malay ethnic in

Taiganja

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

Cengkeh

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

Durian Pecah

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

Desa Na Tolu

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

Mega Mendung

Mega Mendung signifies the cloud. This motif means to stay

Keluak Daun Pakis

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

Tabir Tanjung

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

Gumin Tambun

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

Ikan tambal

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

Leuit Sijimat

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

Pattimura

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

Paqbarre Allo

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

Singayaksa

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

Enggang Dayak

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

Sinaran

This pattern originates from Cirebon. It represents the reflection of

Tifa Papua

This motif was derived from traditional Papuan musical instruments,

Karawo Pinang

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

Bomba Mawar

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

Peresean

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

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

Ondel-ondel

Ondel – ondel is Betawi traditional icons. This motif signifies

Kawung

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

Karawo Mahkuta

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

Besurek Rembulan

This batik illustrates praise for God who created the wonderful universe

La Galigo

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

Daun Lada Hitam

The black pepper motif represents the main commodity of Bangka Belitung

Kaharingan

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

Angsa Duo

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

Asmat Papua

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

Daun Sirih

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

Bale Lumbu

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

Wirasat

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

Burung Bidadari

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

Besurek Rafflesia

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

Biji Kopi

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

Tongkonan

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

Gonggong Siput

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

Lipaq Sabe

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

Pucuk Rebung Riau

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

Pisang Bali

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

Rumah Mamuju

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

Jupri Kembang Teh

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

Ukir Sentani

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

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

Jumputan Bintang

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

Gedhog Kembang Waluh

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

Gamolan

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

Sero Tangga

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

Abimanyu Prince

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

Gigi Haruan Lidi

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

Bintik Tujuh

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

Kalo Sara

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

Kamaro Timika

This motif is inspired by sacred symbols of Kamaro communities in

Gajah Way Kambas

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

Teluk Tomini

This motif illustrates the beauty of underwater life in

Awan Berarak

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

Ceplok Gayo Aceh

The variety of colors shows the differences in society that

Kain Cual

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

Daun Simpor

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

Tifa Totobuang

The batik motifs illustrate Maluku’s traditional music instrument called

Pala Salawaku

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

Manguni Minahasa

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

Bayam Raja

The Raja Bayam Sasirangan motif illustrates the social status of

Tampuk Manggis Sasirangan

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