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Devoted Hill / Bukit Kasih | Church | Temples

Devoted Hill / Bukit Kasih

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

Click the picture on the left for more and bigger photos of Bukit Kasih.

There is also a 38-meter (125 feet) high cross and two faces carved into a cliff face that can be seen from a distance. If you want to go up to the cross, you have to climb 2435 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 a voluntary donation.

There are buildings/places for worshippers according to their religions: Islam, Christianity (Protestantism and Catholicisme), Hinduism or Buddhism. If you would like to use the worship places 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 yourself. Bukit Kasih can be crowded during holidays or weekends.

Apart from religious matters, there is a churning cauldron with strong sulphurous fumes. The locals use the hot spring to boil eggs and corn. It takes only about 5 minutes to boil an egg. The price for a boiled egg is Rp. 5,000 and one boiled corn is Rp. 2,000.

There is also a warm spring where visitors can indulge their feet. After worshiping, eating a boiled egg and indulging yourself in a warm spring, you can buy souvenirs which are made and sold by friendly local people. A bamboo bracelet costs about Rp. 10,000.

Location : Kanonang Village, under 2 hours by car from Manado during weekdays
Operating hours : daily, 7am-5pm
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, rest area near the entrance, souvenir stalls, toilets, and warung 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 (click here for bus fare from Karombasan Terminal to Tomohon) and change to a mikrolet that goes to Kawangkoan Village (Tomohon-Kawangkoan is about 30 minutes or 20 kilometers/12.4 miles). Then take an ojek from Kawangkoan Village to Kanonang Village (about 2 kilometers or 1.2 miles away - fare: Rp 4,000), then another ojek from Kanonang to Bukit Kasih, the same fare for similar distance
Remarks : this is one of the interesting places to visit in Manado/Minahasa. Another tourism site, Watu Pinawetengan located just behind this site. Expect to see more people and cars during weekends and public holidays. You might be approached by children, offering to take photographs and of course then expecting some tips from you too.


Gereja Sentrum

The main church of Manado, Gereja Sentrum ("Central Church"), is believed to have been built by VOC (a Dutch East Indies company) in the 19th century and it was called 'Oude Kerk' or ?old church? during this Dutch era. Then it was known as 'Gereja Besar' or Big Church before it was finally called Gereja Sentrum.

Though the church had been renovated a few times, the stone 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, ATMs, and many restaurants are nearby
Nearby attractions : Dotu Lolong Lasut Statue and Taman Kesatuan Bangsa, Worang Batallion Troops Landing Point Monument
How to get there : by mikrolet: go to "Pasar 45" mikrolet terminal, then from there: you can either continue with a short walk or ask the mikrolet driver to drop you off near Gereja Sentrum
Remarks : a few other places of interest are nearby.


Ban Hin Kiong Temple

This three-story temple is believed to be more than 300 years old of age, built during the time of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911 AD). Located in the "China town" area, near the "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).

Click the picture on the right for more and bigger photos of Ban Hin Kiong Temple.

The historical records of this temple are not clear about the exact Chinese tribes that initiated and worked to construct the Ban Hin Kiong temple, which means the "holy palace that spreads happiness".

Today and in the past it has been the place of worship for the Buddhists residing in Manado and the surrounding area. Ban Hin Kiong temple has been a significant landmark in Manado.

Location : Jl. Panjaitan, within the China town (about 900 meters or 984 yards north east of "Zero Point")
Operating hours : daily, 6am-9pm
Admission charges : free, though a voluntary donation might be expected
Facilities : toilets, ATMs/banks, and supermarket are nearby
Nearby attractions : Zero Point Monument, Manado Port
How to get there : by mikrolet: go to "Pasar 45" mikrolet terminal, then from there: you can either continue with a short walk (about 600 meters or 656 yards), alternatively ask the mikrolet driver to drop you off near this temple
Remarks : another smaller newer temple is located just across the street and a few other places of interest are nearby.

Vihara Buddayana

Located in a pleasant climate town of Tomohon, Vihara ("Pagoda") Buddayana is the main Buddhist temple in the Minahasa highlands. It was built in 1983. There are also a number of Buddhist figures, as visitors can see from the parking area to the pagoda. Each building in this Buddhist monastery was built in different years and donated by different contributors.

Click the picture on the left for more and bigger photos of Vihara Buddayana.

Location : Jl. Sunge, Kakaskasen III Dusun I ? 57, North Tomohon
Telephone : +62 431 336088, 3328889, +62 811 430881
Email : [email protected], [email protected]
Operating hours : daily, normally during day time
Admission charges : free, though a voluntary donation might be expected
Facilities : toilets, small souvenir kiosk
How to get there : from Karombasan Terminal in Manado take a bus that goes to Tomohon and change to a local mikrolet that goes to Tomohon center and tell the driver that you want to go to Vihara Buddayana ( /buddha-y�-n�/ - fare: 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. Taking photos is allowed and take off your sandals/shoes every time you want to enter a building. Staying quiet is advised.

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