Ternate and Tidore have been visited by foreigners since the 16th century. Europeans tried to seek the expensive spices and monopolize them. These days spices are still deemed valuable but not much as before. The sultanate still exists until today and you can view the vast richness of the culture and history in the museum and keraton (castle).
Pala (nutmeg) and cengkeh (clove) are abundant here, and are used in plenty of cooking and sweets.
Ternate can be reached by Domestic flights from Jakarta via Makassar or direct flight from Makassar and Manado. Furthermore, the European people actually have already known North Maluku since long time ago.
People & Culture
Like in Maluku, the people here have mixed blood.
North Maluku is dominated by Muslim, and for those who are interested in fantastic buildings might want to take a look at Sultan′s Mosque. Multi-tiered pyramid form, this mosque is located on the south of palace in Ternate.
Since it′s dominated by Muslim people, you can find plenty halal food here. Sea food dishes are also abundant. Various rice and fish dishes should be sampled. You might want to order cool drinks as well because the weather can be hot.
Jl. Kamboja No.14 A, Ternate
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