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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

Jagung

The philosophy of the corn motif illustrates the dream and

Karawo Mahkuta

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

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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Lontara

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

Kuda Kupang

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

Desa Na Tolu

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

Paqbarre Allo

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

Gamolan

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

Tabir Tanjung

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

Pati-Pati Pinehiku

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

Sekar Jati

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

Ukir Sentani

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

Biji Kopi

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

Tangerang Herang

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

Cengkeh

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

Kuda Sepasang

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

Abimanyu Prince

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

Ondel-ondel

Ondel – ondel is Betawi traditional icons. This motif signifies

Bale Lumbu

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

Barong Bali

The Barong refers to the mythological animal with supra-natural

Rasamala

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

Hiu Taliyasan

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

Dayak Taghol

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

Waruga

Minahasa batik motifs are adopted from Waruga. Waruga is the

Kain Cual

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

Besurek Rafflesia

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

Awan Larat Riau

This motif is usually associated with gentleness, wisdom, and

Bomba Mawar

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

Merak Ngeram

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

Karawo Mahkuta

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

Parang Seling

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

Pohon Hayat (Tree of Life)

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

Tenun Bima

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

Merak Lasem

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

Karawo Pinang

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

Daun Simpor

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

Bunga Raye

Raye Flower motif also represents a wish for

Lok Baintan Floating Market

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

Parang Rusak

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

Kaganga Tanah Rejang

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

Pantai Ambon

Ambon city batik depicts the natural wealth and marine life of

Jumputan Bintang

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

Gajah Way Kambas

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

Gumin Tambun

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

Sandeq

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

Pintu Aceh

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

Tifa Totobuang

The batik motifs illustrate Maluku’s traditional music instrument called

Kawung

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

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

Sido Mulyo

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

Rumah Mamuju

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

Gonggong Siput

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

Sinaran

This pattern originates from Cirebon. It represents the reflection of

Gorga Simeol-Meol

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

Kasih Tak Sampai

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

Kerawang Datar

This motif symbolizes the embodiment of of religious values for

Peresean

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

Salakanagara

Salakanagara batik motif illustrates the first kingdom in the Betawi land

Alam Pantai

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

Tubo Kelapa

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

Insang Ikan

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

Buketan Bali

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

Gurdo Solo

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

Penari Melayu

Penari Melayu illustrates the traditional dance of Malay ethnic in

Mega Mendung

Mega Mendung signifies the cloud. This motif means to stay

Teguh Bersatu

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

Wakatobi

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

Sekomandi

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

Tengkawang Ampiek

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

Lipaq Sabe

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

Samudra

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

Teluk Tomini

This motif illustrates the beauty of underwater life in

Srimanganti

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

Mahkota Siger

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

Manguni Minahasa

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

Enggang Dayak

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

Jupri Kembang Teh

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

Bintik Tujuh

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

Gedhog Kembang Waluh

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

La Galigo

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

Gonggong Beruntun

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

Kamaro Timika

This motif is inspired by sacred symbols of Kamaro communities in

Tifa Papua

This motif was derived from traditional Papuan musical instruments,

Desa Na Ualu

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

Gentala Arasy

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

Durian Pecah

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

Banji Cirebon

The Banji motif is the symbol of protection and

Pattimura

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

Kerawang Tegak Aceh

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

Ceplok Gayo Aceh

The variety of colors shows the differences in society that

Prada Papua

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

Pala Salawaku

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

Gajah Mungkur

Semantically, it means a huge longing emotion trapped in the

Raja Ampat

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

Singayaksa

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

Besurek Rembulan

This batik illustrates praise for God who created the wonderful universe

Tidayu

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

Kalo Sara

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

Anggrek Tewu

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

Pucuk Rebung Riau

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

Leuit Sijimat

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

Honai

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