Makassar Travel Blog› entry 33 of 56 › view all entries
Makassar is another one of those cities whose history is far more impressive than its current status. Historically, the inhabitants of Makassar have been sea-faring people, and even claim that their pirates are the origins of the Boogey Man in Western mythology (based on the gruesome ways they would raid European trading vessels). Today, as the largest city in Eastern Indonesia, you might expect something of significance to draw people here. But unfortunately, Makassar is usually just a transit for tourists who are on their way to Tana Toraja inland. Makassar has a few large malls now and concerts are fairly regular. But its main claim to fame, the sea, has not been fully utilized for tourism. There is a jetty near the old Dutch fort that is a popular hang-out spot in the evenings for the locals. But otherwise, there is little of interest along the coast (or in the city) for tourists. I tried the city's specialty food dish, coto Makassar. It is a noodle soup that has beef and cow brains and intestines in it...which is all fair game to try at least...except that I'm vegetarian. Big mistake. More recently, though, Makassar makes the claim of having the world's largest indoor theme park (Trans Kalla).