January 15, 2019
Before we start our fun discussion, we would like to kick things off by saying Happy New Year! May your life is filled with happiness and prosperity. How did you celebrate the New Year’s Eve? Singgasana Hotel Makassar had successfully held the Night of Heroes and we certainly couldn’t possibly manage to do that without your participation. Thus, we would like to say thank you and we couldn’t wait for your next visitation to our hotel.
As the holiday season had passed, some of you might have been starting to deal with your chaotic daily lives – from spending eight hours at the office, school, or dealing with daily tasks at home. Sometimes, this will then lead to boredom and in order to avoid being stuck at that unproductive state of mind, we will start to reminisce the fun times we had on our last holiday. That’s practically life in a nutshell.
If you happened to be a part of that majority, why don’t you make your next holiday as the best time to be remembered? Take this article as a milestone of your next voyage in Makassar and we can guarantee you one amazing weekend!
There is nothing more fun than to learn about our nation’s history through a fun activity such as visiting historical sites. If you happened to be a history buff who also loves to take pictures as a souvenir, then you certainly don’t want to miss the chance to pay this place a visit. Located 10 minutes from Singgasana Hotel Makassar, the Chinatown area on the City of Daeng offers not only the beauty of its surrounding, but also stories about the evolution of Chinese culture in Makassar throughout the century.
Back in the 16th century, historians believe that Makassar’s Chinatown eventually came into existence after Chinese traders from Ming Dynasty landed in the south coast area around Rotterdam Fort. In order to start a new life in a foreign country, they built small kiosks to sell the products they have brought to the locals. Many years had passed and now Makassar’s Chinatown is known to be one of the largest and oldest trading centers in the city. What makes this place unique is that not only you can learn about Chinese culture in Makassar, but you can also find many historical buildings which are heavily influenced with the culture itself. So, as mentioned before, this is a great opportunity for street photography enthusiast to take a little souvenir before heading back home.
2. 99-Domed Mosque
In 2016, South Sulawesi Governor asked one of the most inspirational and powerful figures in Indonesia to design a mosque with 99 domes, which will become Makassar’s new landmark in the future. Who is this person, if you might asked? One of the masterminds behind 99-Domed Mosque is none other than architect, lecturer, and the Governor of West Java, Ridwan Kamil. According to several online sources, two year ago Syahrul Yasin Limpo came up with a concept of a new city landmark which was inspired by the philosophy of 99 Asmaul Husna. He then asked Ridwan Kamil to help him to make a realization out of this idea – hence the 99-Domed Mosque was born.
For those of you who might haven’t heard about 99-Domed Mosque, there is no need to worry about the possibility of getting lost while you’re trying to locate this place. Believe it or not, 99-Domed Mosque is merely 10 minutes away from Singgasana Hotel Makassar! So, if you decided to stay with us on your next trip to Makassar, you will not only get the best room rate with many exclusive benefits, but also a great chance to explore some of the most famous city landmarks by foot. For example, Pantai Losari, La Galigo Museum, and Makassar City Museum are reachable in less than 30 minutes. Pretty exciting, right?
3. Akkarena Beach
For those of you who love to spend countless of hours hanging by the beach, grab your sunscreen and beach blanket because this place will definitely be another heaven on earth for you. Located 15 minutes away from Singgasana Hotel Makassar, Akkarena Beach serves as an alternative for those who are probably looking for a newer and fresher beach vibe whenever they travel to Makassar.
According to various sources, few years ago people have never heard about the existence of Akkarena Beach due to the fact that this place was rather untouched and unmanaged. But, after a town management company was decided to give a full on transformation for Akkarena Beach, this place was soon to become one of the most favorite tourist attractions in Makassar. Besides the beauty of its surrounding, what makes Akkarena Beach popular will definitely be its public facilities. For example, here you can find cafes, street food vendors, clean toilets, praying area, and also meeting venues. If you’re penchant for photography, you can stay until the dawn to catch the pretty view of sunset.
4. Paotere Harbor
In the 14th century, Paotere Harbor was the home for over 200 phinisi ships belonged to Gowa-Tallo kingdom. At that time, those ships were used to transport the kingdom’s army to attack Malaka. Unfortunately, Paotere Harbor was no longer allowed to be opened after the Colony had decided to forbid any activities around the place. This will then sparked a huge controversy between three biggest kingdoms in Makassar and a war was soon to begun.
Being a part of many historical events in Makassar surely made Paotere Harbor is even more interesting to be visited. Located 15 minutes away from Singgasana Hotel Makassar, you can relive the memory of the old days by taking a stroll around the harbor which has a colonial feeling to it. Even though Paotere Harbor was no longer used as a home of classic war ships, you can still find the live of this place through the locals who make a living as fishermen or traders around the area. To make your visit to Paotere Harbor worthwhile, pick the perfect time so that you can take some cool pictures of the locals’ activities!
5. Somba Opu Street
Your visit to Makassar will not be complete if you forget to put Somba Opu Street on your list. Located 40 minutes away from the hotel, many people believed that this is the perfect place for those of you who are looking for Makassar’s traditional snacks and souvenirs to bring back home. Apart from that, you can also take some cool pictures around Somba Opu Street, for the classic nuances of this place will certainly be a good addition for your Instagram feed.
We’re hoping that these five places could serve as an alternative for photography enthusiasts who are looking for hunting spots. If you decided to go to Makassar on your next trip, our 2 Night Stay and Weekend Promo will be a great choice for you! Because, not only you can save more money, but you can also get varieties of our most exclusive benefits.
We’ll see you soon!
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