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Bukit Kasih

Literarily means "Loving Hill" or "Devoted Hill", was established in 1999 by Bukit Sion Church of North Sulawesi but the provincial government took over in 2002 and developed further the place. A 22-meter (72 feet) tall statue was built, which symbolizes the five official religions in Indonesia.

There is also a 38-meter (125 feet) high cross that can be seen from a distance. If you want to go up to the cross, you have to climb 2400 steps starting from the 800-meter-above-sea-level (2,625 feet) visitor information office, where you will be required to fill in its guestbook and give voluntary donation.

There are a building/place for worshipers according to their religions: Islam, Christianity (Protestant and Catholic), Hindu and Buddhism. If you would like to use the worship place with your friends or your group, you'd better let the visitor information office know in advance to reserve the place. Unfortunately, there is no telephone nor internet yet in this place, thus you have to go there and inform them by yourself. Bukit Kasih can be crowded during holidays or weekends.

Apart from religious matters, there are churning cauldron with strong sulphurous fumes. The locals use the hot spring to boil egg (takes only about 5 minutes to boil) and corns. Price for a boiled egg Rp. 4,000 and one boiled corn is Rp. 1,000.

There is also warm spring where visitors can indulge their feet. After worshiping, eating a boiled egg and indulging yourself in warm spring, you can buy souvenirs which are made and sold by friendly local people. A bamboo bracelet costs only Rp. 7,500.

Location: Kanonang village, just under 2 hours by car from Manado during weekdays
Operating hours: daily, 7am-6pm
Admission charges: Rp. 1,000 per person; Rp 6,000 for minibus, Rp 3,000 for car, Rp. 2,000 for motorbike
Facilities:
police station, souvenir stalls, toilets, and warungs which sell mostly local food, soft drinks (Rp. 6,000 for one can), beer (Rp. 20,000 for a big bottle)
How to get there:
own transportation/car rental; by public transport: from Karombasan terminal in Manado take a bus that goes to Tomohon (fare: Rp. 6,000) and change to local mikrolet that goes to Kawangkoan village, then take ojek from Kawangkoan village to Kanonang village (about 2 kilometers or 1.24 miles away - fare: Rp 4,000), then another ojek from Kanonang to Bukit Kasih, the same fare for similar distance.
Remarks: expect to see more people and cars during weekends and public holidays. One of the interesting places to visit in Manado/Minahasa. Another tourism site, Watu Pinawetengan located just behind this place.

Church

Gereja Sentrum

The main church of Manado, Gereja Sentrum ("Central Church"), is believed to be built by VOC (a Dutch East Indies company) in 19th century. Though the church had been renovated a few times, the stones foundation, some of the walls and the pillars are still original.

The Queen of the Netherlands Beatrix and her late husband Prince Claus attended its service when they visited Manado in 1995.

Location: Jl. Sarapung - Wenang
Operating hours: daily, 6am-9pm
Admission charges: free
Facilities: toilets
How to get there: by mikrolets: go to "Pasar 45 mikrolet terminal", then from there: you can either continue with a short walk from there or ask the mikrolet driver to drop you off near Gereja Sentrum.
Remarks: a few other tourism objects nearby.

Temples

Ban Hin Kiong Temple

This three-story temple is believed more than 200 years old of age. Located in "China town" area, near "Arab village" in Manado, it has an ancient canon on its upper floor, which is dated 1788 AD and was once owned by VOC (a Dutch East Indies company).

Location: on the corner of Jalan Panjaitan and Jalan Sutomo (about 900 meters or 984 yards North East of "Zero Point")
Operating hours: daily, 6am-9pm
Admission charges: free
Facilities: toilets
How to get there: by mikrolets: go to "Pasar 45 mikrolet terminal", then from there: you can either continue with a short walk from there (about 600 meters or 656 yards), or ask the mikrolet driver to drop you off near this temple.
Remarks: a few other tourism objects nearby. Another smaller newer temple is located just across the street.

Vihara Buddayana

Located in a pleasant climate town of Tomohon, Vihara Buddayana is the main Buddhist temple in Minahasa highlands.

Location: Kakaskasen III village, Tomohon
Admission charges: free
Facilities: toilets
How to get there: from Karombasan terminal in Manado take a bus that goes to Tomohon and change to local mikrolet that goes to Tomohon center and tell the driver that you want to go to Vihara Buddayana ( /buddha-yâ-nâ/ - fare: Rp. 6,000 for about 30-minute or 25 kilometer (15.5 miles) bus trip and Rp. 2,700 for the mikrolet).
Remarks: this temple is visible from the main road from Manado to Tomohon, on the left side of the road.

 

 

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