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Coordinates: 1°29′35″N 124°50′28.54″E / 1.49306°N 124.8412611°E / 1.49306; 124.8412611

City of Manado
Kota Manado
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Clockwise, from top, left to right : Bunaken National Park, Kalasey Beach, The city's seafront skyline, main terminal of Sam Ratulangi International Airport, Manado Town Square, and Soekarno Bridge
Official seal of Manado
Si Tou Timou Tumou Tou
("Men live to help others live")
Location within North Sulawesi
Location within North Sulawesi
Manado is located in Manado
Location in Downtown Manado, Sulawesi, Indonesia and Southeast Asia
Manado is located in Sulawesi
Manado (Sulawesi)
Manado is located in Indonesia
Manado (Indonesia)
Manado is located in Southeast Asia
Manado (Southeast Asia)
Coordinates: 1°29′35″N 124°50′29″E / 1.49306°N 124.84139°E / 1.49306; 124.84139
ProvinceNorth Sulawesi
Founded14 July 1623; 396 years ago (1623-07-14)
 • MayorG. S. Vicky Lumentut
 • Vice MayorRobert Pontoh
 • Total157.27 km2 (60.72 sq mi)
5 m (16 ft)
 (mid 2019)[2]
 • Total432,300
 • Density2,700/km2 (7,100/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (ICST)
Area code(+62) 431
Vehicle registrationDB

Manado (Indonesian pronunciation: [maˈnado]) is the capital city of the Indonesian province of North Sulawesi. Manado is located at the Bay of Manado,[3] and is surrounded by a mountainous area. The city had 410,481 inhabitants at the 2010 Census,[4] making it the second-largest city in Sulawesi after Makassar. The latest official estimate (for mid 2019) is 432,300.[5]


The name Manado is derived from the Sangir language word manaro meaning "on the far coast" or "in the distance" and originally referred to the further of two islands which can be seen from the mainland. When the settlement on this island was relocated to the mainland, the name Manado was brought with it, after which the island itself became referred to as Manado Tua ("Old Manado").[6] The name for Manado in the Sangir language is Manaro.


The first mention of Manado comes from a world map by French cartographer Nicolas Desliens, which shows the island of Manarow (today's Manado Tua). Before Europeans arrived in North Sulawesi, the area was under the rule of the Sultan of Ternate, who exacted tribute and introduced the Muslim religion among some of its inhabitants. The Portuguese made the Sultan their vassal, taking possession of the Minahasa and establishing a factory in Wenang.

Meanwhile, the Spanish had already set themselves up in the Philippines and Minahasa was used to plant coffee that came from South America because of its rich soil. Manado was further developed by Spain as a center of commerce for the Chinese traders who traded the coffee in China. With the help of native allies the Spanish took over the Portuguese fortress in Amurang in the 1550s and Spanish settlers also established a fort at Manado so that eventually Spain controlled all of the Minahasa. It was in Manado where one of the first Indo-Eurasian (Mestizo) communities in the archipelago developed during the 16th century.[7] The first King of Manado (1630) named Muntu Untu was in fact the son of a Spanish Mestizo.[8]

Map of Manado in 1679

Spain renounced her possessions in Minahasa by means of a treaty with the Portuguese in return for a payment of 350,000 ducats.[9] Minahasan natives made an alliance treaty with the Dutch and expelled the last of the Portuguese from Manado a few years later.

The Dutch East India Company or Verenigde Oost Indische Compagnie (VOC) built a fortress in Manado named Fort Amsterdam in 1658. As with regions in eastern Indonesia, Manado has undergone Christianization by Dutch missionaries, including Riedel and John Gottlieb Schwarz. The Dutch missionaries built the first Christian church in Manado called Oude Kerk (Old church), which still stands and is now called Gereja Sentrum. HMS Dover captured Manado in June 1810. The Javanese prince Diponegoro was exiled to Manado by the Dutch government in 1830 for leading a war of rebellion against the Dutch. In 1859, the English biologist Alfred Wallace visited Manado and praised the town for its beauty.

In 1919, the Apostolic Prefecture of Celebes was established in the city. In 1961, it was promoted as the Diocese of Manado.

The Japanese captured Manado in the Battle of Manado in January 1942.[10] The city was heavily damaged by Allied bombing during World War II.

In 1958, the headquarters of the rebel movement Permesta was moved to Manado. When Permesta confronted the central government with demands for political, economic and regional reform, Jakarta responded by bombing the city in February 1958, and then invading in June 1958.


Manado experiences tropical rainforest climate (Af) according to Köppen Climate Classification as there's no real dry season. The wettest month is January with an annual precipitation of 465 millimetres (18.3 in), while the driest is September with an annual precipitation of 121 millimetres (4.8 in).[11] The abundance of total precipitation seems to be influenced by the monsoon. As its location is near the equator, the temperature seems constant throughout the year. The hottest month is August with an average temperature of 26.6 °C (79.9 °F), while the coolest month are January and February with an average temperature of 25.4 °C (77.7 °F).[12] Unlike other cities in Indonesia, the temperature seems to be cooler.

Climate data for Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia (1961-1990)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 29.4
Daily mean °C (°F) 25.4
Average low °C (°F) 22.3
Average precipitation mm (inches) 427
Mean monthly sunshine hours 129 119 155 168 168 144 176 210 179 172 157 152 1,929
Source: Deutscher Wetterdienst[11][13][14][12][15]
Manado mean sea temperature[16]
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
28 °C (82 °F) 28 °C (82 °F) 27 °C (81 °F) 27 °C (81 °F) 28 °C (82 °F) 28 °C (82 °F) 28 °C (82 °F) 28 °C (82 °F) 29 °C (84 °F) 28 °C (82 °F) 28 °C (82 °F) 28 °C (82 °F)


Manado and its bay taken from Tinoor village
Fisherman village in Sindulang

The city is divided into 11 districts (kecamatan). The table below lists population totals from the 2010 Census. It does not include the districts of Bunaken Kepulauan and Paal 2, which were established in 2012.

Name Area in
Census 2010[17]
Malalayang 15.8 54,959
Sario 1.95 23,198
Wanea 8.0 56,962
Wenang 3.5 32,796
Tikala 20.9 69,734
Mapanget 61.5 53,194
Singkil 4.9 46,721
Tuminting 3.3 52,089
Bunaken 43.3 20,828

The boundaries of Manado City are as follows:


Ethnicity and LanguagesEdit

Minahasa women, circa 1940s

Currently the majority of Manado city residents are from the Minahasa ethnic group, because Manado is located in Minahasan lands. The indigenous people of Manado are from the Tombulu people seen from several urban villages in Manado from the Tombulu language, for example: Wenang (Wenang / Mahawenang - kolintang), Tumumpa (down), Mahakeret (yelling), Tikala Ares (Walak Ares Tombulu, where the word 'ares' means punishable), Ranotana (ground water), Winangun (built), Wawonasa (wawoinasa - above sharpened), Pinaesaan (unity place), Pakowa (Tree of Treasure), Teling ( Fur / bamboo to make equipment), Titiwungen (excavated), Tuminting (from the word Ting-Ting: The bell, the word insert -um- means showing the verb, so Tuminting: Ringing Bell), Pondol (Edge), Wanea (from word Wanua: meaning the country), etc. While the Malalayang area has residents mainly from the Bantik people, other indigenous groups in Manado today are from the Sangir, Gorontalo, Mongondow, Babontehu, Talaud, Tionudese, Siau and Borgo peoples. Most of the Minahasan people are Dutch or other European descent. Due to the large number of Arabian peranakan communities, the existence of the Kampung Arab which is within a radius near Pasar '45 still survives until now and has become one of the religious tourism destinations. Other ethnicities represented include Javanese, Chinese, Batak, Makassar and Moluccans. A small Jewish community also exists.

GPdI church in Manado

Manado Malay is the main language spoken in Manado. It is a Malay-based creole. Some of the loan words in the Minahasan vernacular are derived from Dutch, Portuguese and other foreign languages.


Yesus Kristus Kase Berkat statue in Manado

Christianity is the major religion in Manado, constituting around 67 percent of all residents, Islam comes second forming about 31 percent and the rest follow Buddhism, Hindusim and Confucianism, according to the 2010 national census.[18] Even so, heterogeneous, but the people of Manado really appreciate the attitude of tolerant, harmonious, open and dynamic life. Therefore, the city of Manado has a relatively conducive social environment and is known as one of the most relatively safe cities in Indonesia. When Indonesia was vulnerable to political upheaval around 1999 and riots hit cities in Indonesia, Manado city was said to be relatively safe. This is shown through the slogan of the people of Manado: “Torang samua basudara” which means We are all family. And also through the words of Dr. Sam Ratulangi: “Sitou, Timou, Tumou, Tou” which roughly translates to “Man lives to educate others”.


Sam Ratulangi International Airport of Manado is one of the main entry ports to Indonesia. In 2005, no fewer than 15,000 international passengers entered Indonesia via the city's airport, its connected to several Indonesian cities such as Jakarta, Surabaya, Makassar, and others. Other public transportation in Manado are:

  1. Trans Kawanua (Bus)
  2. Damri Busses serving Airport to Downtown Manado
  3. Bus serving Tomohon to Manado

Manado–Bitung Toll Road connects the city with Bitung. Terminal Malalayang or Malalayang Bus Terminal serves as the main gateway for long-distance buses in Manado.

Main sightsEdit

Panoramic view of Manado

Manado is home to some of the biggest and most influential churches in the province, with many of them located along the iconic Sam Ratulangi Street.[19]


Snorkeling around Bunaken
  • Ban Hin Kiong Temple is another popular tourism spot in the city, especially during the Chinese new year celebration.
  • Other places of interest include nearby Lake Tondano, Lake Linow,[20] Lokon Volcano, Klabat Volcano and Mahawu Volcano, Bukit Kasih ( Hill of Love ) and Watu Pinabetengan.
  • Citraland, a wealthy suburb of Manado, is home to Asia's 2nd tallest and the world's 4th tallest statue of Christ (Christ Blessing Statue), and perhaps the world's first statue in the flying posture.[21]
  • Scuba diving and snorkelling are practised in the nearby Bunaken National Park, including the island of Bunaken.[22][23][24]
  • Manado Boulevard Carnaval (MBC) is a Fashion Carnival at every 16 July inline with Manado City Birthday.[25]
  • Several shopping malls in the city are: Manado Town Square, Star Square, and Grand Kawanua City


Fish Woku
RW (dog meat) and Tinorangsak (pork meat) is main common meat used in Minahasan cusisine

Food typical of Manado include Tinutuan which consists of various kinds of vegetables. Tinutuan is not mush, as so far people have said it as Manado porridge. In addition to Tinutuan, there is Cakalang Fufu, a smoked skipjack ('Katsuwonus pelamis'), roa fish (exocoetidae or torani; Parexocoetus brachypterus), Kawok which is food based from rat meat of forest / White (Maxomys hellwandii); Paniki (meat-based dishes bat; Pteropus pumilus) and RW ( abbreviated of Rinte Wuuk) is local name of the dog meat, Swine pig (1 pig is burnt by rotating on the embers), usually served at parties, Babi Putar (made from pork mixed with manado spices and rolled burned in bamboo). There is also a typical drink from the area of Manado and its surroundings are saguer which is a kind of wine or palm wine derived from enau / aren tree ( Arenga pinnata) which is then fermented. This saguer has an alcohol content, Cap Tikus (high alcoholic beverage with average 40% more ethyl alcohol content derived from saguer distillation process depends on technique in different villages in Minahasa).

Manado styled Nasi Kuning

Woku is a type of bumbu (spice mixture) found in Manado cuisine of North Sulawesi, Indonesia. It has rich aroma and spicy taste. Woku consist of ground spices paste; red ginger, turmeric, candlenut and red chili pepper, mixed with chopped shallot, scallion, tomato, lemon or citrus leaf and turmeric leaf, lemon basil leaf and bruised lemongrass. Rub main ingredients (chicken or fish) with salt and lime juices, and marinate for 30 minutes. All spices are cooked in coconut oil until the aroma came up and mixed together with the main ingredients, water, and a pinch of salt, well until all cooked well.

Other typical food of Manado city which is also quite famous is Nasi Kuning which taste and its presentation is different from yellow rice in other area because it is spiked with abon of cakalang rica fish and presented in parcel using sugar palm leaves. In addition there are also grilled fish roasted head. Dabu-dabu is a very popular typical of Manado sauce, made from a mixture of red chillies, cayenne pepper, sliced red onion and freshly diced tomatoes and finally given a mixture of soy sauce.

Sister citiesEdit


The local language spoken in Manado and the surrounding area is a creole of the Malay language called Manado Malay. It exhibits significant influence of Portuguese, Spanish and Dutch, for example:

  • Chair in Indonesian is kursi, in the Minahasa it is called kadera (cadeira - Portuguese word for chair).
  • Horse in Indonesian is kuda, a word of Sanskrit origin. In the town of Tomohon, a horse is called kafalio ('cavalo - Portuguese', "caballo - Spanish).

While there is not much known about the origin of ideogramatical Minahasa writing system, currently the orthography used for indigenous Minahasan languages closely matches that used for Indonesian.

Notable peopleEdit


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  2. ^ Badan Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2019.
  3. ^ In the shadows of volcanoes: Manado Bay and its harbour
  4. ^ Badan Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2019.
  5. ^ Badan Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2019.
  6. ^ Willem H. Makaliwe, 1981, A preliminary note on genealogy and intermarriage in the Minahasa regency, North Sulawesi Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde 137, p. 245
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  13. ^ "Station 97014". Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  14. ^ "Station 97014". Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  15. ^ "Station 97014". Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  16. ^ "Klimatafel von Manado / Nord-Celebes (Sulawesi) / Indonesien" (PDF). Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. Retrieved 8 June 2016.
  17. ^ Badan Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2011.
  18. ^ Data Sensus Penduduk 2010 untuk Sulawesi Utara
  19. ^ Great Churches of Manado
  20. ^ The lakes of Sulut: Danau Tondano and Linow
  21. ^ Christ Blessing and the Waruga
  22. ^ Off to Bunaken
  23. ^ Livin’ la vida Bunaken’s way
  24. ^ Bunaken’s blue, blue seas
  25. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 August 2011. Retrieved 19 July 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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