7 Attractive Things About Makassar You Should Know

Makassar, the capital of South Sulawesi Province, has many attractions that can make many people fall in love. In addition to nature tourism, Makassar is also rich in culture and historical heritage worth a visit. When you have the opportunity to come here, include the following list in your itinerary:

  • Bentor (Motor Rickshaw)

Bentor is a rickshaw with a motorbike and three wheels like a rickshaw but is driven by an engine (motor) behind. The bentor population in Makassar started to get crowded and slowly stopped the rickshaws. We can find Bentor on the streets of Makassar.

The rate charged depends on the distance we are going. Interestingly, bentors usually create a commotion by playing dangdut songs. The goal may be to make passengers interested in the bouncer, or maybe it’s just for entertainment.

  • Pete-Pete

Pete-Pete is sometimes called angkot in other cities. It is divided into two colors, blue and red. Pete-Pete blue is an angkot that originates from Makassar city itself and only serves transportation within the Makassar area. At the same time, there is one angkot originating from Gowa district and serves transportation between cities. The rate charged for teenagers/women is around Rp. 5,000 and for students is around Rp. 3000.

  • Languages ​​& Dialects

Although the Makassarese Malay/Indonesian dialect is used in everyday conversation in Makassar, we still have to work extra hard to understand it. This language is spoken with certain particles, with Bugis/Makassarese elements being absorbed and babbled.

The Makassar tribe is the Malay name for an ethnic group that inhabits the southern coast of the island of Sulawesi. The tongue of Makassar calls it Mangkassara’ which means Those Who Are Open. This Makassarese ethnicity is an ethnic group with a conquering spirit but is democratic in governing, likes to fight, and is victorious at sea.

  • Fort Rotterdam

Rotterdam Fort, also known as Ujung Pandang Fort, is a historical relic of the glory and might of the Gowa kingdom in the 17th century. This fort was built in 1545 by the IX king of Gowa known as I Margau Daeng Bonto Karaeng Lakiung or Karaeng Tunipalangga Ulaweng.

The buildings inside the Rotterdam Fort are used by historical and ancient heritage reserves, cultural centers, and the Lagaligo Museum. The location is in the heart of Makassar, towards Losari beach. The location can be reached by various types of vehicles around there.

  • Makassar Traditional Clothing

The traditional clothing of the Makassar tribe is called “Bodo Clothes”. Its characteristics are a rectangular shape, the sides of the upper garment are sewn, no sleeves, the formation of bubbles on the body, no seams at the shoulders, as well as decorations in the form of round metal pieces all over the edges and surface of the blouse. Wearing Bodo clothes based on color must comply with the provisions related to the age of the user.

  • Dance

The most famous Makassar traditional dance is the Pakarena Dance. This is a traditional dance accompanied by two drum heads (gandrang) and a pair of flute-like instruments (puik-puik). Pakarena dance in South Sulawesi is found in two districts.

In addition to the Pakarena dance from Gowa Regency, which was once played by the Pakarena dance maestro Maccoppong Daeng Rannu, another type of Pakarena dance originated from the Selayar Islands Regency, namely the Pakarena Gantarang Dance.

Pakarena is a local language derived from the word ‘karena’ which means to play. This dance has become a tradition among the people of Gowa, the territory of the former Kingdom of Gowa.

  • Makassar Food

The most famous and favored food by many Makassar people are Coto Makassar, Sop Saudara, and Sop Konro. These three special foods are straightforward to find in Indonesia. With special spices and delicious taste, they are making the three foods very famous to foreign countries.

  • Sop Sodara

Sop Saudara is a soupy food served in a bowl. This traditional food is from Pangkep District, South Sulawesi, and beef, vermicelli, fried potatoes, and fried beef lung. The cost of a portion may be a bit expensive but the taste is delicious.

  • Coto Makassar

Coto Makassar is a traditional Makassar food made from beef offal or beef boiled for a long time. This stew of offal mixed with beef is sliced, then seasoned with specially formulated spices. Usually, this food is more stable when eaten with ketupat and super spicy lombo.

  • Konro

This food is made from beef ribs with blackish-brown sauce and is usually served or eaten with rice and chili sauce. The taste is savory and rich in spices that make anyone addicted to eating it.

Whether your trips take you on a long stroll on beaches, delicious cuisines, relaxing spas and resorts, or urban attractions, additional research will give you the best experience for your visit. Get to know more about Makassar by visiting Wonderful Indonesia.