Bukit Kasih is located in Kanonang village, Kawangkoan or some 55 kilometers from Manado, North Sulawesi. It was built in 2002 as a spiritual center where religion followers of various beliefs can gather, meditate and perform their worships in this fertilized and fogged tropical hill.
This hill is called the Hill of Love because it is where people from different religions can gather and perform their worships close one another as a symbol of religious and peaceful harmony. Five worship houses, namely Catholic Church, Christian church, temple, mosque and Pura temple were built on the second peak. While the first peak has a 53 meter tall white cross which can be seen from Boulevard beach in Manado. In addition, this place is believed as a place for ancestors of Minahasa tribe, namely Toar and Lumimuut as their faces are carved on hillside under the second peak.
To reach this location, you can take your private car for two hours drive from Manado through Tomohon. It is suggested that you use your own car due to winding roads by mountain side of Soputan, Minahasa.
To reach Bukit Kasih peak, you have to take 2,435 steep steps or a safer access through the right side of the monument.
When climbing the stairs, you can see beautiful scenery of sulfur cauldron of which hot water is used by local community to cook corn, beans etc.
Visitors can enjoy cool weather by climbing the stairs toward the first and second peaks. When passing steps on the right side of the Monument, visitors can pass the cauldron to cook and eat corn, yams and bananas.
For visitors who like to stay overnight near this tourist object, they can choose Tondano or Tomohon to stay as it takes only about 30 minutes drive. In these cities, hotels, bungalows and guest houses are available. It will take only two hours drive to go back to Manado.
For those of you who like culinary tour, it is the right place for you as you can try hot corn, bananas and yams boiled in the cauldron.
You can buy various types of souvenirs such as bracelets, necklaces and other handicrafts made of coconut shells and woods by local inhabitants.
If you like to go around this compound from the second peak to the first peak, it is suggested that you wear comfortable footwear due to steep stairs. For those of you who have a heart condition, it is suggested that you don’t take the stairs as it requires a strong stamina.
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