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4 Unique Places in Manado City If you're billeted in a hotel in Manado City and think that malls are the only tourist spots in the area, think again. There are still several interesting places worth visiting in the city, and here's a quick rundown: Churches on Sam Ratulangi Street One common comment among first-time visitors to Manado is that despite being found inside the world's most populous Muslim nation, it doesn't look like it. This is due to the abundance of churches in the city, catering to their majority Catholic and Protestant population. Many of these places of worship are located on Sam Ratulangi Street, including the Manado Cathedral. Christ Blessing Statue in Citraland The churches are not the only reminder that the city is home to a huge Christian or Protestant population. Some 7 km away from downtown Manado is Citraland, a high-end residential and commercial development. And overlooking this area is a giant image of Jesus Christ with arms outstretched, called the Christ Blessing Statue. Considered the 2nd tallest statue of Christ in Asia and the 4th in the world, it can easily be seen as a symbol of religious tolerance in predominantly Muslim Indonesia. Ban Hin Kiong Buddhist Temple While Christianity or Protestantism is the religion of most Manado residents, the city is also home to one of the oldest Buddhist temples in the area. Located in the middle of its Chinatown, the Ban Hin Kiong temple was built 335 years ago near the start of the 19th century and renovated in the 1970s. With a name meaning “plenty abundant favors palace,� the temple is a focal point in the city's Chinese New Year festivities. February is also a good time to visit the temple, as the Toa Peh Kong festival is also held in that month. Celebrations include a traditional Chinese parade that dates back from the 14th century. Museum Negeri Propinsi Sulawesi Utara Located in the middle of the city, this modest provincial museum can be a quick stop for travelers who want to learn more about the region's history and culture. It features exhibits from the different ethnic groups that reside in different parts of Indonesia, as well as artifacts from the Chinese, Japanese, Dutch, Portuguese and Swedish. Items on display include traditional clothing, ornaments, and household utensils. All exhibits feature English captions. So the next time you go out of your hotel in Manado, don't just go to the malls. Be sure to check out these places, too.

4 Unique Places in Manado City  

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