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In the City

| Beaches | Gereja Sentrum | Galleries | Monuments & Statues | Museums | Orchid Gardens |
| Pierre Tendean Boulevard | Temple |


Beaches

Tasik Ria Beach

Though this is one of locals' favourite weekend getaway spots, don't expect to see something as spectacular as beaches in Bali, Phuket or Hawaii. Tasik Ria beach is famous mostly for locals because of its proximity to Manado city (less than 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) from "Zero Point" or city center) and it is one of a few ports to reach Bunaken.

Location: Jl. Raya Trans Sulawesi
Operating hours: daily
Admission charges: Rp. 1,000 for an adult
How to get there: about 25 minutes driving from Manado during weekdays.

Galleries

Manado Cultural Center

Well known to local people as "Taman Budaya" ( /thâ-mân buddha-yâ/ ), it is located at about 2 km (1.24 mi) from downtown Manado .This cultural center was inaugurated on 24 January 2003, as the regional organizer for performance, training, development, and art management in the North Sulawesi province.

The exhibition room displays some paintings, dance costumes and traditional musical instruments that you may try to play.

Manado Cultural Center can arrange a special traditional art performance, provided you inform them in advance, as they have a few trained group of performers.

They can perform traditional dances, such as Cakalele, Lenso, Maengket, Pisok, Tumetenden and traditional music, such as Bamboo music, Bamboo with Clarinet, Shell music and Kolintang.

Location: Jl. Maengket, Wanea
Telephone and Fax: (+62 431) 864489
Operating hours: Monday-Thursday, 8am-4pm, Friday, 8am-11am
Admission charges: free
Facilities: canteen, exhibition room, library, a 500-seat theater hall, and toilets
How to get there: take a mikrolet from "Pasar 45" terminal that goes to "17-Rike-Coco-Winangun" (as shown on the small plate on mikrolet's windscreen), ask the driver to drop you off at "Taman Budaya Jalan Maengket", where this cultural center is (fare: Rp. 2,300)
Remarks: about 20-minute ride by mikrolet from "Pasar 45", unfortunately this facility is not in its best condition.

Sonny's Gallery

Sonny, the owner and the artist, opened his first gallery in 1996 in Manado. His works of art in painting are inspired by his old dreams which became true after 25 years of hard work.

His major objects are cocks, Bunaken, landscape, Kabasaran dancers, flowers, horses, and water buffalo. One interesting part of Sonny's paintings is that all of his paintings are done by his bare fingers!

"Keep painting till you come to a great satisfaction" has become Sonny's inspirational motivation to explore more of the best of him. Apart from paintings Sonny Gallery also displays a collection of poems and traditional songs of Minahasans.

If you visit Sonny Gallery in Tomohon, you will also be welcomed by some geese, cocks, hens and two dogs!

Location: Titiwungen Utara, Lingkungan IV, Lorong Sonny Gallery no. 46, Sario, Manado
Other location in Kakaskasen III village, Tomohon - near a Buddhist temple "Vihara Buddhayana"
Operating hours: Monday-Saturday, 10am-8pm
Admission charges: free
Facilities: toilets and free water or coffee (only at Tomohon gallery)
How to get there: Manado gallery - by mikrolet: from Pasar 45 take a mikrolets going to Wanea-Samrat or Samrat Coco or Jalan Kembang, tell the driver to drop you off at Apotik Setia II on Jalan Samrat. From there, you may have a short walk behind the apotik (pharmacy) (fare: Rp. 2,300 for this 10-minute ride) Tomohon gallery - from Karombasan terminal in Manado take a bus that goes to Tomohon and tell the bus driver to drop you off near Jalan Salib Suci Mahawu (JSSM), about 25 meters from JSSM, you will find a road on the left with a traffic sign of ?no entry? for public transportation. Stop the bus there and you must go on your foot for about 500 meters ahead till you see a signboard "Sonny Art Painting Gallery II Tomohon Jalan Sunge Kakaskasen" on your right (fare: Rp. 6,000 for about 30-minute or 25 kilometer [15.5 miles] trip)
Remarks: taking picture is not allowed inside both galleries.

Orchid Gardens

Located on the main road between Manado downtown and the airport, there are two private orchid gardens that have become well-known for locals and visitors, especially for orchid lovers. The one that is located in front of Manado Memorial Tomb has been run for about 15 years.

The other one is also another family-owned orchid garden, which is close to the airport. The owner is an old lady who has been running her hobby on orchids for about 30 years.

Location: in front of Manado Memorial Tomb, Kairagi (about 20 minutes from the airport) about 500 meters (547 yards) from the airport, on the left side of the road from Manado
Telephone: (+62 431) 811243
Operating hours: daily
Admission charges: free
Facilities: toilets
How to get there: by mikrolet: within approx. 20 minutes from the airport or 25 minutes from Pasar 45 in Manado (fare: Rp. 2, 700 per trip)
Remarks: the second garden which is near the airport also run a small motel.

Pierre Tendean Boulevard

This 3.5 kilometers (2.2 miles) long road is known just as Boulevard or 'Bole' to the locals. It is used to be dirty and smelly, especially on Sunday morning where lots of young people hung out at many hawkers and "warungs" along this boulevard on every Saturday night. Today, under the current mayor of Manado, Pierre Tendean Boulevard becomes cleaner. However, the locals also advice people not to walk alone after around 10pm along this main street.

Main shopping malls are built along this boulevard and located next to each other, where a few major hotels are also situated. Apart from shopping malls, there are lots of banks with their ATMs, travel agents, offices, hotels, and so forth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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