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Kumasi is the main city of Ashanti-Kwahu region of Ghana.
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Points of Interest in Kumasi
- Asantehene's Palace. A visit to this former king's residence is a most worthwhile activity.
- Prempeh II Jubilee Museum, ☎ +2335122822. 9 AM to 6 PM. Features artifacts and personal belongings of former Asante kings including a reproduction of the golden stool.
- Manhyia Palace Museum. 9 AM to 5 PM. Built in 1925 by the British as the residence of King Asantehene Prempeh I, this museum is also a palace. Walking through the museum, you will learn about the function of each room when it was used by the kings, as well as seeing artwork and artifacts from the Asante kings.
- Ghana Armed Forces Museum, 22 Steward Ave, ☎ +2335123103. 9 AM to 5 PM Tues. through Sat. The museum buildings once served as Kumasi Fort, built by the British in 1896 after they destroyed the Asante Fort that originally stood here. The museum predominantly features information and artifacts related to the British-Asante War, but also includes many artifacts from World War I, World War II, and information about modern Ghanaian military history. Tour guides are friendly and very knowledgeable. Highly recommended.
- Kumasi Zoo. All of the animals from the former Accra Zoo were transferred here a couple years ago, so there is now more to see. However, the conditions are not good for the animals, so visiting is not encouraged.
- Kumasi Market. Largest market in West Africa
- Tafo Kumasi
- Fort Kumasi built by the British in 1896 to replace an Asante fort and now a museum
- Kumasi Hat Museum
Kumasi is considered the home of the Ashanti King, the current one being Otumfuo Osei Tutu II. Kumasi is widely regarded as the cultural cradle of Ghana as the vibrancy of Ghana's culture is more evident here than any part of the country. The Asantehene still sits in state as Ashantis from all walks of life pay homage. He even presides over traditional courts and some residents use this instead of the judicial system.
Kumasi was established by the King Osei Tutu I with guidance from the priest Okomfo Anokye. It is said he planted two Kuma trees at two locations. One died and that place was called Kumawu (thus the Kuma tree died) and the one at Kumasi flourised and was named Kumasi (Kuma tree has flourished).
Population of about 2 million, the language is predominantly Akan Twi.
- A tour of the Palace grounds explains the history of the Ashanti people and the significance of the Ashanti cultural history.
- The Adae Kese Festival is a very important, albeit rare, celebration of the Ashanti's. It is held in a large open space in Kumasi. The festival is normally well attended and embraced by Ashanti's from all walks of life. The Adae Kese celebrations are magnified forms of Sunday Adae festivals, celebrated every six weeks in accordance with the Akan calendar which is based on a cycle of 42 days and nine months in a year. Invariably, the last Akwasidae festival is set aside for the celebration of Adae Kese.The public celebrations take the form of a colourful durbar of chiefs and queen mothers presided over by the Asantehene. It involves the display of cherished regalia and paraphernalia accompanied by traditional drumming and dancing as well as firing of musketry amidst pomp and pageantry.
The Adae festival is a continuous demonstration of faith in the vision and heritage of the Asante Kingdom, which has existed since the introduction of the Golden Stool in 1700. The festival is also to commemorate and re-enforce the independence of the Ashanti people and an occasion to re-affirm each state's loyalty to the confederacy instituted in the aftermath of the Ashanti war of independence fought against the Denkyeras between 1697–1699. It provides a platform for the King to meet and share his thoughts with his sub-chiefs and subjects and also reward deserving ones.
- Only a 45 minute drive from Kumasi is Lake Bosumtwe. It's a meteor-formed lake about 270 feet deep and 8 km in diameter. It's a must see if in the Kumasi region. Paradise Resort is recommended lodging for $50 per night and up. It can be reached by tro-tro or private taxis. The private taxi price should be about 50 cedis (September 2013).
- A 30-45 minute drive from Kumasi is the Owabi Wildlife Sanctuary. It can be reached by tro-tro to Esasie (ask for Owabi Wildlife Sanctuary), which is close to Akropron. From the Esasie tro-tro stop it is about a 1-2 km walk, or you could get a private taxi for the last mile. At the Sanctuary it is compulsory to get a guide, who will take you on a 2 hour walk on various trails through the park. The Bamboo Temple is very pretty and worthwhile. The entrance fee to the park is 6 cedis per person and you pay the guide separately (no fixed price, you determine this at the end of the hike; a reasonable price could be 10-15 cedis per person).
The Noble House Hotel serves excellent Indian and Chinese food. Prices are higher than the average Ghanaian restaurant: expect to pay between 30-40 cedis for a curry, some rice and a drink. Noble House is from the same owner's as the Heritage Restaurant in Osu, Accra.
O'Neills/Shields Irish Bar
Vic Baboo's (Prempeh II Rd) is not the most atmospheric place in town, but it had an impressive cocktail menu. It is a place to meet backpackers, expats and volunteers. The menu features a variety of different Indian, Chinese, Continental, and fast food dishes. The lassi and milkshakes are especially good, staff are friendly and it has a homely atmosphere.
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