About South Sulawesi
South Sulawesi is a province in Indonesia located in the southern part of Sulawesi. The capital city is Makassar, formerly called Ujungpandang. South Sulawesi Province is located at 0 ° 12 ‘- 8 ° South Latitude and 116 ° 48’ – 122 ° 36 ‘East Longitude. Its area is 62,482.54 km². The province is bordered by Central Sulawesi and West Sulawesi to the north, Bone Bay and Southeast Sulawesi to the east, the Makassar Strait to the west and the Flores Sea to the south. As of May 2010, the total population in South Sulawesi was registered as 8,032,551 people with the distribution of 3,921,543 men and 4,111,008 women.
Since the beginning of the 14th century, in the region there are several kingdoms and the most famous are the work of Luwu, Gowa, Soppeng, Tallo, and Bone. European cultural influence has existed since the 16th century, when the Portuguese arrived in Makassar and sought support from the king of Gowa. The Kingdom of Bone and Gowa fought in 1562 but later agreed to make peace. After experiencing upheaval against the Dutch invaders and Japanese occupation, South Sulawesi finally became an Indonesian province in 1964.
Makasar and Bugis people are religious communities, most of whom are devout Muslim. The Bugis Society is one of the best sailors in the world. Bugis, Bajau, Buto and Makassar seamen have been trading with neighboring countries, and most prominently with Australian Aboriginal communities for hundreds of years.
South Sulawesi is a paradise for culinary lovers. Starting from seafood, Chinese food or the most famous food that is Coto Makassar. Brother soup is similar to soto but tastes tastier than. Konro is also one of the famous specialties of South Sulawesi.
For snacks, you might want to try jalangkote, a kind of pastry with delicious contents and eaten with chili sauce. For dessert, try “pisang epe”, which is a banana doused in brown sugar sauce, usually mixed with jackfruit or durian. Palun Butung ice, made from sliced bananas, ice cubes, coconut milk, and red syrup, tastes fresh and delicious. “Es Pisang Ijo” are bananas covered with flour dough and pandan leaves, cut and then doused with cocopandan syrup.