The Ballalompoa Museum

A brand new attraction has lately been added to Makassar. Since the beginning of March, an impressive Changing of the Guard, the ceremony takes place in the Ballalompoa Museum, the former Palace of the Sultan of Gowa. Wearing resplendent bright red costumes, soldiers, included at the Changing of the Guard, in the former Gowa Palace will perform its exercise for the public to watch every morning at 09.0 am, guaranteed the Bupati of the district of Gowa. Built in 1936, the Palace of the Sultan of Gowa, previously also known as the Sungguminasa Palace, is a big wooden construction built on stilts and has an imposing roofed stairway which leads to the reception room.

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It’s five wooden panels at the gable of the roof, which denotes royalty and could be utilized solely by the Sultan. The Sultanate of Gowa at South Sulawesi climbed in power and had its heydays in the first decades of the seventeenth-century ruling present day Makassar. The Dutch later conquered the Sultanate, and the Sultan was given domain just over the Sungguminasa region. The Ballalompoa Museum today houses the treasure and regalia of the former Sultan of Gowa, among the Gowa gold crown, bracelets with precious stones, royal swords, keri and gold jewelry. Each year a special ceremony named Acera Kalomponag is held to cleanse and weigh the golden crown, which is believed to have been inherited from the very first woman governor of Gowa, called I Tanisamanga. According to the belief, the crown never weighs the same annually it’s weighed. When its weight increases it’s a good omen that will be well in the region.

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