Makassar, formerly called Ujung Pandang, is the capital of South Sulawesi province and the largest city on the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia.


Makassar was the traditional capital of the Bugis kingdom. The Bugis were known throughout the region as proud, fierce warriors and pirates and highly skilled mariners, and before the Dutch defeated them, they had a formidable empire and sphere of influence in what the Europeans called the "Spice Islands". The Bugis also traded throughout the region, and you can find Bugis people today in many other parts of Indonesia and beyond.

Makassarese cuisine, based as you might expect on seafood, is highly prized throughout the region, so make sure to have some while you are here.

Get in

By plane

Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport (IATA: UPG) is located 20 km from Makassar and acts as the primary hub for flights to Eastern Indonesia which encompasses the whole Sulawesi island, Maluku and Papua. There are multiple flights from Indonesia's capital, Jakarta as well as smaller cities such as Surabaya and Bali. The only international flights are from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

Taxi is the most feasible option and should cost Rp90,000 to the city. A free shuttle bus connects the airport (bottom level) to the main road where you can catch a bemo into town for Rp 10,000.

By boat

The main port of Makassar is the Soekarno-Hatta Harbor. Makassar is a major port for Pelni ships for Central and Eastern Indonesia. It takes about 16 hours to Balikpapan, 24 to Surabaya, and 30 to Tanjung Priok.

Get around

By becak

Becak is a trishaw of unique design but minimalist compared to the ones in Java, can accommodate 2 small persons/children, but suitable only for one adult. Fare depends on the distance, usually Rp 8,000-15,000 around town.

By taxi

There's a lot of taxi companies, all have the same fare and all use meters.

By petepete (Angkot)

Petepete is the equivalent to other cities' angkot (angkutan kota/city transportation).

By Trans Mamminasata

Trans Mamminasata (Makassar, Sungguminasa and Takalar) initial operates in early 2014 with Corridor-2 Trans Studio-Mal Panakukkang. Not as TransJakarta which serve only inside Jakarta, Trans Mamminasata serve also to outside Makassar. It will be 11 corridors, but until early 2015 there are no additional corridors since initial corridor.


As South Sulawesi is dominated by the Bugis, the local language in Makassar is Buginese. Nevertheless, Indonesian is spoken by practically everyone as well.


The Makassar seafront



Makassar has the type of shopping malls you would find in any other major Indonesian city, nothing very inspiring. The largest include:


Ikan bakar rica (baked fish with hot chillies
Sop konro with water buffalo neck bones; this soup is often made with beef





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