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Traditional Products of North Sulawesi

There are a few areas in North Sulawesi where you can buy local arts. Remboken Village is well known for its pottery products, Woloan Village for its traditional houses, Tinoor Village for its small woven arts, and many others.

Bohusami Souvenir Shop

Location:Jl. Sam Ratulangi No. 178, Manado
Telephone:+62 431 844694, +62 811 433650
Opening hours:Monday-Saturday, 8:30am-6:30pm.

Gecko Artshop and Gallery

The artshop owned by Onong's Palace sells many small and big souvenirs, which represent Minahasan and Lombok art culture.

Location:on the main road near to Indraloka hotspring swimming pool, Minahasa

Kain Tenun Bentenan

After about a hundred years of vanishing from the local fashion, this typically Minahasan woven cotton has become popular again in recent years and is even being promoted nationally in Indonesia. Out of the 28 original "Kain Tenun Bentenans" that are kept in some countries, only a few of them are kept in the National Museum in Jakarta.

Among the seven motives of woven and/or printed Bentenan cotton, there are four kinds of motives that are currently used: "Kaiwu Patola", "Pinatikan-Bantik", "Koffo Sangihe Talaud", and "Sinoi" motives. Each of the motives represent four of the nine tribes in Minahasa.

The price for this Kain Tenun Bentenan (woven) starts from Rp. 700,000, while for the printed Kain Tenun Bentenan price varies from Rp. 50,000 to Rp. 150,000 per meter.

Click the pictures above for more and bigger photos of Kain Tenun Bantenan.

Representative office:Jl. A. Yani No. 8, Manado and Kolongan Atas II, Sonder
Telephone:+62 431 862193 (Manado), +62 431 356464 (Sonder)
Opening hours:Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm
Facilities:showroom, workshop, gazebos, hall (for art and cultural show: free of charge), toilets
How to get there:take a mikrolet from "Pasar 45" that goes in the "Sario-Kampus" direction
Remarks:for a visit on Sunday or national holidays, please confirm at least one day before your visit.

Masarang Palm Sugar Factory

Palm trees grow almost everywhere in the land of North Sulawesi, especially in Tomohon and the other parts of Minahasa region. Palm juice is one of the products taken from this tree, which is called "Saguer" by the locals and it contains a low alcohol level. The Saguer then are processed into palm sugar or alcoholic drinks.

Click the picture on the left for more and bigger photos of Masarang Palm Sugar Factory.

Location:Jl. Nazaret Matani III No. 327, Tomohon/Tondano Village
Telephone:+62 431 354897 (Manado), +62 431 352323, 353228 (the factory)
Opening hours:Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm
How to get there: from Manado take a bus to Tomohon Terminal, then change into a mikrolet that goes to "Sonder" Village (fare: Rp. 3,000, about 10 to 15 minutes). Ask the driver to drop you off near a church where you can continue to reach this factory. The factory itself is located about 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) from the main road, so you can either walk from there or take an ojek
Remarks:the factory may not accept visitors during lunch break. Taking photos is not allowed inside the factory and advance notification is necessary.

Pine Forest & Sulphur Bath

There are several sites of sulfur which are worth a visit, especially for those who like to have a "sulfur bath". One of the developed sulfur bath sites in the region (but not so well-maintained yet) is in Lahendong. This family-run facility lies on a one hectare (2.5 acre) piece of land with sulfur.

Click the picture on the right for more and bigger photos of Pine Forest & Sulphur Bath.

Location:Lahendong Village (about 7.5 kilometers/4.7 miles from Tomohon terminal)
Telephone:+62 813 56958399
Opening hours:Monday-Sunday, 6am-7pm
Admission charges:Rp. 5,000 per person
Facilities:4 bathrooms, 2 toilets, coffee shop, an outdoor photography session available
How to get there:take a bus from Manado to Tomohon Terminal, then change into a mikrolet that goes in the "Tomohon-Sonder" direction (fare: Rp. 3,000, 10 minutes). You will see a signboard right in the front gate, on the right side of the road.

Pulutan Pottery Training Center, Pulutan Village (Remboken Village)

This village is well known as a pottery center. There are two different ways of making the pottery. First, the traditional way: usually by bare hands, using simple processes and producing only standard objects, such as tables, vases, and so on. The second way is the modern way: using modern equipment to process the clay.

Click pictures for more and bigger photos of Pulutan Pottery Training Center.

By using modern equipment, the local artisans produce home accessories, dinnerware, and so forth. A few occasional objects of art are also hand-crafted by a group of local people, who have been trained according to international standard production.

Location:Jl Raya Desa Pulutan in Remboken sub-district, Minahasa
Telephone:+62 812 44584865
Opening hours:daily, 8am-5pm
Nearby attraction:Tondano Lake and its floating restaurants
How to get there:from Terminal Karombasan (Manado), take a bus to Tondano (click here for bus fare and travelling time from Karombasan Terminal to Tandano), then from Tondano Terminal, take a mikrolet that goes in the Remboken Village direction (fare: Rp. 5,000, about 30 minutes). It will pass the lake Tondano with many local restaurants on the left. Then since there is no mikrolet going to Pulutan Village, you need to take an ojek (fare about Rp. 5,000)
Remarks:visitors are allowed to see the process of making the pots. Taking photos is also allowed. Cash payment only.

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Tomohon Traditional Market

This market is one of the most interesting places to visit in Tomohon, where you can find agricultural products, some local food and cakes, fish, and so on. There are also some unusual things can be found such as bats, python, white-tailed mice, dogs or pigs.

Click the picture on the left for more and bigger photos of Tomohon Traditional Market.

Location:Tomohon, Tomohon's Terminal area
Opening hours:daily, 6am-4pm
Facilities:toilets and parking area
Nearby attraction:Temboan Hill, Vihara Buddayana
How to get there:from Terminal Karombasan (Manado), take a bus to Tomohon (click here for bus fare and travelling time from Karombasan Terminal in Manado to Tomohon). Once arrive at the terminal, you will see the market
Remarks:busy hours/days are on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Cash payment only.

Uluindano Village

This is a place where you can buy Minahasan traditional musical instruments, like Kolintang, Bamboo musical instrument, Tetengkoren, Tutuwasan, and so on.

Location:Musica Sacra, Uluindano Village, south of Tomohon.

Woloan Village

Visitors or potential buyers can see plenty of traditional Minahasan houses for sale, from a small gazebo to a 140-square-meter (1,506 square feet) house, which may cost you around Rp. 175 million. Click here for Indonesian Rupiah exchange rate information.

They sell and ship their houses not only within Indonesia but also overseas. Usually, it takes two months to get your order and they will assemble it for you, though all travelling expenses will be borne by the buyer.

Tinoor Village

A village between Manado and Tomohon, where visitors will see many shops selling woven baskets, hats, and so on, which are made of bamboo, palm or banana leaves.

These small shops are located close to restaurants like Tinoor Jaya, HengMien or Pemandangan. See Food, Drinks and Entertainment for details of these Minahasan restaurants.

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