The Highlights of Old Makassar
The Highlights of
The Dutch have left a historical mark on Makassar during its trading days. From Fort Rotterdam to the
bustling harbour with its wooden Phinisi schooners, admiring Dutch architecture and
mingling with the locals, Makassar packs a nice half-day exploration.
WHY THIS TOUR?
The once-mighty port city of Makassar in South Sulawesi has seen its fair share of Dutch in the past. A central point for the trading routes for transporting spices and goods from around the world, Makassar still bears lots of resemblance during its past days of prosperity.
Food plays a crucial part in Indonesia’s sixth-largest city, where the abundance of seafood Warungs (local street stalls) along the main streets and alleys brighten up the mood for almost 24 hours. The social interaction with its very hospitable residents and the historical sites that are spread around within easy distance and the blend of various nationalities makes Makassar a city not to skip on your Sulawesi travel endeavours.
09:00 - 12:00
Step back in time at Makassar, a former Dutch colonial city where trade from West to East was managed. The South Sulawesi capital, formerly known as Ujung Pandang, is Indonesia’s sixth largest city and we learn about its past at the Lagaligo Museum in Fort Rotterdam which spans two buildings displaying fascinating ethnological and historical artefacts.
Next, we visit Paotere Harbour, Makassar’s old port which is home to the unique Phinisi or Bugis schooners that were once used to transport goods across trade routes. Our tour concludes at Clara Bundt Orchid Garden within the grounds of the Dutch Bundt family home, where a variety of orchids and a collection of sea shells and corals are displayed.
Please note: The Lagaligo Museum is closed on Mondays.