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In Manado

There are a lot of statues and monuments in Manado and North Sulawesi. A few of them are listed, as follows:

Dotu Lolong Lasut Statue

Lolong Lasut is believed to be the founder of Manado, who lived in the early 16th century. He was a religious and respected person. He did the pioneering work to build "Tumani Negeri Wenang", which is now known as Manado. He also led the locals in fighting against Portuguese invaders.

Today, his statue is currently standing tall in Manado's city square called "Taman Kesatuan Bangsa", which was inaugurated in 1987.

Location:in Taman Kesatuan Bangsa, Pasar 45
Nearby attractions:Worang Batallion Troops Landing Point Monument, Second World War Memorial (see below)
Nearby facilities:ATMs and bank, shopping center, toilets
How to get there:by mikrolet: go to "Pasar 45" mikrolet terminal, and continue with a short walk from there
Remarks:a few other places of interest are nearby and sometimes there are art performances in this city square. Unfortuanately there are no specific schedules for these performances.

Pierre Tendean and Wolter Mongonsidi

These are statues of two Indonesian national heroes. Pierre Tendean was an Indonesian army lieutenant when he was kidnapped and shot to death in 1965, as he protected one of the Indonesian high profile army generals. He was killed along with six army generals. Later the government awarded him with a posthumous rank of captain for his bravery. His body is buried in Jakarta's national heroes cemetery.

Wolter Mongonsidi is another of Indonesia's national heroes from North Sulawesi. In the 1940?s he fought against the Dutch occupation and was captured and killed in 1949. His body is buried in Makassar, South Sulawesi.

Location:near Bahu Mall, at the south end of Jalan Pierre Tendean (Boulevard)
Nearby facilities:Bahu Mall
How to get there:by mikrolet: take the one that goes to Boulevard.

Second World War Memorial

There are two versions of the story behind this 10 meter (33 feet) high memorial. The first version says it is a Second World War memorial, which was built in the 1940?s, to mark the fall of Japanese troops in North Sulawesi and the second version says this was built during the VOC (Dutch East Indies) occupation in the 19th century.

Location:within Gereja Sentrum parking area (near Pasar 45)
Nearby attractions:Dotu Lolong Lasut Statue, Taman Kesatuan Bangsa (see above), and Worang Batallion Troops Landing Point Monument
How to get there:walking distance from "Pasar 45" mikrolet terminal
Remarks:a few other places of interest are nearby.

Worang Battalion Troops Landing Point Monument

This monument of seven soldiers was inaugurated on 10 May 1954, located near Pasar 45, where Dotu Lolong Lasut statue stands (see above).

The battalion was named after a high ranking Minahasan officer in the Indonesian military in the early stage after Indonesia declared its independence in 1945. The Worang Battalion landed in south Sulawesi in order to fight against a local Dutch-backed rebellion.

Location:Jl. Sam Ratulangi (near "Pasar 45")
Nearby attractions:Dotu Lolong Lasut Statue and Taman Kesatuan Bangsa, Second World War memorial (see above)
How to get there:walking distance from "Pasar 45" mikrolet terminal
Remarks:a few other places of interest are nearby.

Sam Ratulangi Statue

The statue is of North Sulawesi?s first governor, Dr. Sam Ratulangi (1890-1949), a native of North Sulawesi, who was an intellectual and a national hero for his dedication to his country against the Netherlands occupation through education. His statue is located near Grandpuri Hotel and Manado's main football stadium (Klabat Stadium).

Location:between south end of Jalan Sam Ratulangi and east end of Jalan Bethesda
Nearby attractions/facilities:Velld box Wanea (a fort that was built by the Japanese during the Second World War), warung, internet caf, souvenir shop
How to get there:from Pasar 45 mikrolet terminal take a mikrolet that goes in the "Samrat Coco" direction. This statue is in the middle of the roundabout intersection in "Wanea"

Zero Point

A recently built monument, finished in early 2008, is called "Titik Nol" or Zero Point, as many government administrative offices were located around this junction. It is also called zero point because it is said that locals 'measure distances' of places in the city from this point.

Location:Jl. Sam Ratulangi (near Pasar 45)
Nearby attractions:Second World War Memorial, Worang Batallion Troops Landing Point, Taman Kesatuan Bangsa (see "Dotu Lolong Lasut statue above), Boulevard
How to get there:walking distance from "Pasar 45" mikrolet terminal.

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In Minahasa

The Tuanku Imam Bonjol Mausoleum

Imam Bonjol was an Indonesian hero, who was a leader in fighting against the Dutch in West Sumatera. Later he was exiled by the Dutch from his motherland in the early 1800?s, Imam Bonjol, who was born in 1772, had to spend the rest of his life in Manado, accompanied by Apolos, his loyal personal guard, until his death in 1864.

A voluntary donation is required at this mausoleum and an old lady, who is a fourth generation descendant of Apolos and looking after the site, will direct you to fill in the guest book, which is located next to the donation box. An Imam Bonjol mosque is built right across the street.

Click the picture above for more photos and bigger photos of the mausoleum of Tuanku Imam Bonjol.

Location: Lota Village - Pineleng sub-district (from Manado to Tomohon direction, approximately 1.5 kilometers [1,650 yards] after Jesus statue on the left hand side of the main road)
Operating hours:daily, 6am-6pm
Admission charges:free, though voluntary donation expected
Nearby attractions:Kali Waterfalls, Jesus Statue
How to get there:take a minibus that goes in the Tomohon direction from Karombasan terminal in Manado, tell the driver that you want to go to this mausoleum. It's about 1 kilometer (1.100 yards) walk from the main road if you rent a car, it takes approximately 15 minutes from Manado's Boulevard.

Toar And Lumimuut Statues

Statues of Lumimuut and her son, Toar, are described in Manado's main page. It is believed that Minahasans are the descendants of this couple.

Location:within Bukit Kasih
Other information:please see Bukit Kasih.

Monas Tondano

Derived from the National Monument ("Monas") in Jakarta, this Tondano's version of "Monas" was inaugurated by the then North Sulawesi Province governor, H.V. Worang, on 17 August 1975.

Locals in Tondano named this 15 meter [49 feet] high monument "Tugu Proklamasi" (proclamation monument). On its south are the public square and Minahasan regency office, while on its north is a shopping area.

Location:Tondano city center
Nearby attractions:Tondano Lake, GMIM Sentrum (church), Lapangan Sam Ratulangi, mayor's office, public transport terminal, traditional market, small kiosks and restaurants serving local food
How to get there:either from Manado, Tomohon or Bitung, you can take minibuses that go to Tondano. Click here for how to get to Tondano from Karombasan terminal in Manado.

The Dr. GSSJ Ratulangie Mausoleum

This where North Sulawesi?s first governor, Dr. Sam Ratulangi (1890-1949), was buried. He was a native of North Sulawesi, who was an intellectual and a national hero for his dedication to his country against the Netherlands occupation through education.

Location:Tondano, near Tondano Terminal
How to get there:take any bus that goes to Tondano from Karombasan terminal in Manado and get off at the mausoleum
Remarks: the entrance gate is always closed but unlocked. You can enter freely and don?t forget to close it back when you leave the mausoleum.

In Bitung

Japanese Monument

This is another Japanese related tourism site, apart from the caves. This Japanese Monument is located in Bitung. It is a monument in commemoration of the Japanese soldiers who died in Bitung while based here during World War II. This was built by the Japanese and the North Sulawesi provincial government in 1987.

Once you are there, you might find the entrance gate locked. If it is locked then you have to contact the monument keeper, "Om Udin " ( /m oo-deen/ ) on his mobile phone number +62 813 40508274 or walk to his house, which is located on a small road across from the gate (an old house that looks like a hut, on the left side of the small road). This friendly senior citizen will accompany you back to the monument and will also help you finding an "ojek" to bring you back to the town center or Tangkoko Terminal (about 5 kilometers or 3.1 miles from Bitung town), and make sure that you will not be overcharged by the ojek rider/driver.

The area around this monument can be breezy and sometimes the air can also be filled with coconut scent from an oil company in Bitung.

Click the picture above for more and bigger photos of the Japanese Monument.

Location:Manembo-nembo Village (7kilometers or 4.4 miles from downtown Bitung)
Admission charges:free, though voluntary donation expected
How to get there: By own transport or
Take an ojek from the head of the village office in Bitung, which is the only available mean of transport and it is better to ask one of the office staff to help you finding an ojek for a safety reason and the latest fare. It should cost you around Rp. 3,000. An ojek from the monument back to town should cost you the same but if you want to be dropped off at Tangkoko Terminal then it will cost you Rp. 5,000. Click here for information on public transportation from Paal 2 terminal Manado to Bitung
Remarks: it is suggested that you report your plan of visiting the monument to the head of the village office (about 100 meters [110 yards] from Bitung main road) to keep you away from any "unexpected situations", since the area is known to be a little dangerous, particularly for a single female traveler. The monument itself is currently not in its best conditions and no toilets are available.

Bitung's Eiffel Tower

This 12 meter [39 feet] tall tower is also known as Menara BRI ( /m-n-r b-rr-ee/ ), because a bank (BRI) is located in at the intersection around the tower. This tower is very obvious to visitors entering Bitung town from Manado, Tomohon or Tondano.

The idea of building a tower similar to the Eiffel tower came from a mayor who studied in Paris during his earlier years.

Click picture on the right for more and bigger photos of Bitung's Eiffel Tower.

Location:Bitung town center
How to get there:from Girian Terminal in Bitung, you may take a mikrolet and tell the driver to drop you off at "Menara BRI". If you are the only passenger then you?ll get there in five minutes. It will extend to 15 or 20 minutes if there are any other passengers who ask for the driver?s favor to get them off at some certain places. The fare is Rp. 2,500 per person. Click here for information on public transportation from Paal 2 terminal Manado to Bitung
Remarks:a few other places of interest are nearby.

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alifa 6 Sep 2015


terimah kasih atas infonya. saya bisa mengerjakan tugas saya -_-

Name: 18 Mar 2014


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delvi 18 Mar 2014


trima kasih yaa atas pelajaran diatas sangat membantu

Name: 28 Jan 2014


Hehehehe... Sama-sama, seneng bisa mbantu... Jangan lupa kasih tau teman-teman untuk mampir ke juga ya Firda :)


firda 28 Jan 2014


Akhirnya pelajarannya selesai trimakasih yh....:)


Susi P. Rahayu 9 Nov 2012


Terima kasih banyak, sungguh sangat membantu untuk menyelesaikan tugas plajaran "Perjalanan Dinas". :D


JoTravelGuide 22 Oct 2012


Terima kasih juga untuk kunjungan dan komentarnya :)

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Immanuella T. Pijoh 21 Oct 2012


terimah kasih ......sangat membantu saya dalam pelajaran SBK....cari patung, monumen dsb.....tengkyuuuuu


JoTravelGuide 12 Sept 2012


Thank you juga untuk kunjungan dan komentarnya :)


Fredrik Dandel 11 Sept 2012


Nice Info ........... Thanx !!!


Rafans Manado 5 Mar 2012


Tabea... Nice info. Terima kasih. Silahkan kunjungi juga RAFANS MANADO di


avien 24 Feb 2012




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