South Sulawesi is located at the south-western part of Sulawesi Island, the orchid-shaped island. It was part of West Sulawesi Province before it is separated in 2004. The two majorities of ethnic groups live in the province are Bugis and Toraja. The Bugis dominant the southern tip, whereas the northern part of South Sulawesi is inhabited by the Torajas who have unique culture.
Makassar, formerly called Ujung Pandang until 1999, is the capital of South Sulawesi province and the largest city on Sulawesi Island. Makassar has the biggest indoor theme park in Southeast Asia and in the world called Trans Kalla Theme Park. The theme park was the join company between Trans TV an Indonesian TV company and Jusuf Kalla (Indonesia’s former vice president) company (Kalla Group).
Major tourist attractions in South Sulawesi:
- Trans Kalla Theme Park, the biggest indoor theme park in the world
- Samalona Island
- The Tomb of Sultan Hasannudin, Gowa King that spent all of his life to against the Dutch colonization
- Mampu Cave, the cave has rock formations resemble human figures and animals
- Leang-Leang Historic Park, prehistoric caves that have strange rock carvings of hands and wild pigs, believed to be 5,000 years old
- Tanatoraja, the region in South Sulawesi where you can see unique traditional houses with curved roof and handcrafts
- Palawa, One of the villages in South Sulawesi where you can see traditional gravesite of Torajas