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Keagungan Tower Limboto

Publish 05-06-2012 14:10:00 by Admin
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A. Overview

Have you ever watched the movie entitled "Eiffel I'm in Love"? Released in 2003, the movie was filmed in Paris based on a novel by Rachmania Arunita under the same title. The establishing shot of film using the background of the Eiffel Tower, this romantic teen movie, starring by two famous actors Samuel Rizal and Shandy Aulia, gave an impression for teenagers to have such a last long beautiful love possessed by a couple that making a pledge of love under the Eiffel Tower.

The tallest building in Paris and the most-visited paid monument in the world, the Eiffel Tower has indeed become both a cultural icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. Being compared with the most prominent symbol of both Paris and France, Indonesia also has a similar tower located on Limboto, called Keagungan Tower (Majestic Tower). However, the size of this most prominent symbol of Gorontalo district is much smaller that is only to have a height of 65 meters than the Eiffel Tower that has a height of 324 meters.

Keagungan Tower was built in 2002 when the district of Gorontalo headed by the Regent Ahmad Pakaya to cost about IDR 8.6 billion, which the construction was carried out by PT. Gunung Garuda Indonesia and PD. Pedago Gorontalo District. The term "Keagungan" was officially set under the Decree No. 717 year 2003 of the Regent of Gorontalo, on September18, 2003, and was approved by the Assembly of Gorontalo District. The tower was inaugurated by the Vice President Hamzah Haz on Saturday, September 20, 2003.

Keagungan Tower has also been equipped with a park featured with flowering plants and variations of winding paths built around the tower. Additionally, at some point of the park has also been equipped with umbrellas as resting place for visitors, and even built a theater. When the night comes, the place is used as gathering place for young people to perform some event. Indeed, the location is beautiful to gather with friends or family at night accompanied with the beauty of tower lights and it seems incomplete when enjoying the atmosphere without being accompanied with a typical drink called Seraba and enjoy the sweet cake of Martabak brownies.

B. Features

Keagungan Tower looks quite striking seen from above when are traveling to Gorontalo by plane from Jalaluddin Airport. Moreover, the similar shape of the Eiffel Tower and the beautiful lights at night will absolutely attract your attention when you are making trip to Gorontalo at night.

There is something quite interesting about the structural concept of Keagungan Tower. Besides showing an impression similar to the Eiffel Tower, another interesting thing is the building design in which the Keagungan Tower is divided into 5 floors (levels). The first floor measuring ​​446.56 m² consists of auditorium, hallways, and meeting rooms designed to be able to accommodate around 200 people.

The second floor measuring 352.25 m² consists of restaurants and relaxing places. From this second floor, visitors can enjoy the beautiful scenery of Lake Limboto and the landscape of Gorontalo city within 10 km away from the Keagungan Tower. The third floor measuring 157.3 m² serves as a space to sell various typical souvenirs of Gorontalo. The fourth and fifth floor, each has an area measuring ​​96.96 m² and 31.36 m² can accommodate around 20 and 10 people. The top of the tower is designed in dome-shaped, and visitors who want to reach the top of the tower can choose by either elevator or stairs.

Visitors can choose by either elevator or stairs to reach the top of the tower designed in dome-shaped. In addition, other feature of the Keagungan Tower can be seen on the lights at night make the tower looks more beautiful, majestic, and graceful. Besides the lights attached to the body of the tower, there are also spotlights that can reach about 10 km away, so the lights can be seen from the center city of the provincial capital of Gorontalo at night.

In addition to serve as a tourist attraction, Keagungan Tower is also functioned as radio broadcasts similar to the Eiffel Tower. The radio broadcasts on the Eiffel Tower include France Culture 93.35 MHz and France Musique 97.6 MHz, while on the Keagungan Tower include Radio SMEK (Suara Menara Keagungan) 95.58 MHz FM Gorontalo. The radio broadcasts belong to the Keagungan Tower can be received in every corner of Gorontalo district, even to reach the center of the capital of Gorontalo province.

C. Location

Keagungan Tower is located in Gorontalo, precisely in Limboto, Gorontalo, Gorontalo province, Indonesia. The tower is located next to the Limboto highway, Jl. Sudirman and Jl. Cokroaminoto.

D. Access

Keagungan Tower can be reached by the three ways, including air, sea, and land. Visitors who want to visit the site by airline can use the airplane from any area to Jalaluddin Airport in Gorontalo. Arriving at the airport, visitors can continue the trip to Keagungan Tower by public transports, such as buses or motor rickshaw, or by rent a car.

Visitors who want to reach the location by sea-lane can book tickets ship from any area to the Anggrek Port in Kwandang, North Gorontalo. Arriving at the port, Keagungan Tower is relatively close because it can be seen from the port. Using the landline, visitors are recommended to use public transports, such as buses, majoring across Sulawesi and passing through the tower.

E. Ticket Prices

Visitors who want to enter and enjoy the beautiful scenery from the top of Keagungan Tower must pay an amount of IDR 10,000.00/person.

F. Facilities and Other Accommodations

Visitors who want to linger in the city need not worry because various hotels, restaurants, food stalls, and public transports are widely available. Fortunately, visitors who look for the place of worship, there is one mosque that becomes the pride of Gorontalo people and can accommodate up to 3,000 people, which is called Baiturrahman Grand Mosque, located near from Keagungan Tower. (Tunggul Tauladan)

(Said/En-trans/03/05/2012)

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