Gorontalo Province

Official Name : Gorontalo (Abbreviation: Gor. )

Origin of Name: There are various suggestions of the derivation of the name Gorontalo: from Hulontalangio, the name of a tribe that resided in the area; from Hua Lolontalango, which means cavemen who used to walk back and forth ;from Hulutalangi, which means nobler; from Huluo Lo Tola, which means a place where snakehead fish breed; from Pongolatalo or Pohulatalo, which means: a waiting place;from Gunung Telu, which means three mountains;from Hunto, which means a place that is always flowed by water

History: In 1525, with Portuguese assistance, three small rock forts were built overlooking the waters of Lake Limboto. Still in place today, the Fort Otonaha complex has commanding views. The Spanish also entered the area in limited numbers via the Philippines during the mid-16th century. They introduced corn, tomatoes, chili peppers, horses, and the afternoon siesta to Gorontalo, all of which are an integral part of life there today. The Dutch under the aegis of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) worked to wrest control of the lucrative spice trade away from the Sultanate of Ternate and push out all other European competitors. Gradually, the Dutch gained political control and ended the power of the local kings.

The people of Gorontalo achieved independence from Dutch rule in 1942. This was partly through the efforts of the guerrilla/freedom fighter and local hero Nani Wartabone, who forced out the occupying Japanese during World War II. Since the city escaped Allied bombing during the war, a number of Dutch-era buildings are still standing. Although many are in poor condition, Gorontalo City has a distinctive colonial appearance. After Indonesia proclaimed its independence, Gorontalo became part of North Sulawesi province, and was seceded from North Sulawesi in 2000.

Founded : 22 December 2000 (The province was established  after being split from North Sulawesi province by the decree No.38/2000); but the provincial day is comemorated each year on 16 February  (the date of the first governor was inagurated back in 2001)

Location : Gorontalo province lies on the northern Sulawesi arm, known as the Minahassa Peninsula. The province has an elongated shape area, stretching from west to east almost horizontally on a map. To the north and the south of the province are the Sulawesi Sea and the Gulf of Tomini, respectively. Prior to 2000, Gorontalo province was part of North Sulawesi province on the eastern border (Bolaang Mangondow regencies). The western border of the province is Central Sulawesi province (Parigi Moutong & Buol).

Capital : Gorontalo City (GOR)

Pop:  ( 1,038,585)/ Area: 12,215.44 km2Province Seal :  Motto : Duluo Limo Lo Pohalaa (Gorontalos). Meaning: Federation of five pohala’a (kingdoms bounded by ethnicity and custom): The Gorontalo, Limboto, Suwawa, Boalemo & Atinggola


Administrative Divisions : 1 City & 5 Regencies (Municipals) :name (its capital) -see the chart with coresponding number-

1. GORONTALO City (Provincial Capital)

2. GORONTALO Regency (Limboto)

3. BONE BOLANGO (Suwawa)


5. BOALEMO (Tilamuta)

6. POHUWATO (Marisa)

ZIP Code :70-72xxx/ Phone Code:   Vehicle Plate : DA (all province)

State University: Gorontalo State University.

Airports: Jalaludin Airport (Gorontalo)

Province Fauna/Floral:

Ethnic/Language of Origin: Gorontalo, Mongondoow, Suwawa, Bone & Atinggola

Food: Binde Biluhuta

Folksong: Hulontalo Lipuu; Binde Biluhuta  Dance-art:

Clockwise: Baksa Kambang dancers – Banjar silat ‘Kuntau’ – Princess dance

Clockwise: Mamanda folk theater – Banjar song – Kompang – Panting Ensembles – Topeng Banjar (Mask) Dancers

Traditional Clothes:

Gorontalo wedding dress

Traditional weapon : Somala/Sabele/Parang

Traditional house :

Bandayo Pomboide (datu house)

Dulohupa (commoner house)

Downtown & Malls:

Gorontalo’s Beca Motor

Port : Rivers, Mountain & Natural : National Park/Ocean Park : Bridge & Dam : Places of Interest :  *Historical Tourism, including : *Religious Tourism, including :  *Adventure Tourism : *Shopping Tourism :

typical motorized beca (bemor-beca motor)

Menara Keagungan tower

Kwandang beach

Visit : Pics of Provincial Capitol & Landmarks (click here):

Official Map:


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