Southeast Sulawesi is a province in Indonesia located on the island of Sulawesi with the capital Kendari. It has a land area of 38,140 km² and a sea area of 110,000 km². Based on the population census in 2016, the population of Southeast Sulawesi was 2,499,540 people. The Southeast Sulawesi Province is bordered by South Sulawesi Province and Central Sulawesi Province to the north, Bone Bay to the west, the Flores Sea to the south, Banda Sea (Maluku Province) to the east.
The indigenous tribes of this area are the Tolaki Tribe, the Buton Tribe, the Muna Tribe, the Moronene Tribe, the Wawonii Tribe. The majority of the population is Muslim (95%), Hindus 2.04%, and Christians (1.84%).
Southeast Sulawesi was the location of several Kingdoms such as the Konawe Kingdom in the 9th century, the Kaledupa Kingdom in the 16th century, the Kingdom of Wuna in the 13th century), the Buton Kingdom in the 14th century which lasted until the 19th Century, and the Moronene Kingdom in the 17th century.
Southeast Sulawesi has 11 intangible cultural heritages which were designated as Indonesia’s national cultural heritage, consisting of Kalosara, Mosehe, Lulo dance, Linda dance, Lariangin dance, Kabanti, Kaghati, Karia tradition, Kaogo-ogo culture, Kantola and Malige. The government introduces cultural heritage safeguarding training and education at the high school level in order to raise the interest of the young generation to maintain the local cultural tradition.