Gorontalo : Some Interesting Places

28 April 2009

Otanaha Fortress is one of omission tourism objects of colonization era in Gorontalo city. This fortress is about 7 km from the downtown.


Lake that has special navigation building is located in road boundary between Batudaa district and Gorontalo city. Limboto is a useful lake as irrigation source and as fish recreation place just for that have fishing hobby. Limboto Lake can reach using personal vehicle or common vehicle with traveled about 16 km from Gorontalo city.

Lombong is 40 km from Gorontalo and reachable by public transportation. There's a swimming pool filled with hot springs water and a nearby river with cold water. This pool can reach to apply personal vehicle, with traveled about 10 km from the downtown. In this bath is also available artistry podium.


"Ju Panggola" graveyard is located in Kota Barat district, Lekobalo sub-district, about 7 km from Gorontalo downtown. This graveyard is located on hill with 50 m height from roadway. From the top of this hill can see Limboto lake which is wide, with more stall water and, from depth of 32 km now remain 5 up to 7 m. "Ju Panggola" graveyard, has visited by a lot of tourists every day, either domestic tourist and foreign tourist, and some of them execute to pray in Ju Panggola Mosque, to request healing from the pain that has suffered.

Baiturrahim Mosque is the old mosque in Gorontalo city area. The mosque build to be concurrent with the development of town Gorontalo, which is new removed from Dungingi to Gorontalo city in 1140 H or 1726 M by King Botutihe. The mosque is build in the center of government empire (Botutihe) such as: Yiladiya (King House), Bantayo Pobuboide (Market Building / Deliberation Hall), Loji (Residency house), Apitaluwu (king security and safety functionary) and Bele Biya / Bele Tolotuhu (empire functionaries houses).

This Dulohupa customhouse stay at 500-m2 widths ground and equippeda with flowerbed, and a souvenir building place and there is a gig empire garage building, which also called Talanggeda. Dulohupa Custom house is located in Limba sub-district, Kota Selatan district, Gorontalo City.

Gorontalo features some of the best-preserved colonial houses in Sulawesi. The city's local hero is Nani Wartabone, an anti-Dutch guerilla, and there is a large statue of it dressed like a boy scout in the sports field adjacent to the Hotel Saronde. Nani Wartabone Monument is built in 1987 during Drs. A. Nadjamudin government as Gorontalo governor. This monument stay in front of Gorontalo Province Governor's house on duty. This monument built to remind Gorontalo public historic events on 23 January 1942.


Lahilote Beach is a real interesting tourism object and is properly visited. In this beach there is a sole stone. Lahilote Beach is located in Pohe sub-district, Kota Selatan district, about 6 km from Gorontalo downtown.
Tourism object that has a sole stone is located in Lahilote Beach Pohe Sub-district, Kota Selatan District, about 6 km from Gorontalo downtown. Botu mean stone, Liyodu mean sole, thus Botu Liyodu is stone that looks like a sole.

According to legend, this sole stone is a young man sole named Lahilote, because he loves a fairy from fairyland named Boyilode Hulawa, he risking to steal shawl, the fairy wings, but on his household, Lahilote leaved by the princess to return to the fairyland.

For the twice, Lahilote risk to propose Princess Boyilode Hulawa to fairyland with the tip of miraculous cane help called Hutiya Mala. Meeting with his wife, was unique, and confused because the seventh of fairy, had same face and confess entirely named Boyilode Hulawa, so that it was difficult for him to determine who is the real Boyilode Hulawa. Because of firefly help that alighting on his wife bun, Lahilote find the princess. Based on the constitution on fairyland, it is say that whosoever become stripper and hair has grizzled, he must be returned to the world, because fairyland is not place of man who memilikiproses had old.

The princess had discharge her husband Lahilote and put him down by her grizzle hair, which knitted become a string. But between the earths and the sky, that grizzle string was broke, and Lahilote rapidly fall down to the earth in stand position. His right foot falls along Pohe beach Gorontalo city and his left foot was fall to Kwandang beach in Gorontalo regency.

This Lahilote legend hitherto still said by public as folklore for the hereinafter generation. Lahilote beach remain to be tourism object for Gorontalo public and foreign tourist.



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