If you’re looking for a city with a balance of Western culture and Asian culture, then teaching English in Manado is the city for you. Manado is the capital of North Sulawesi province in Indonesia. It is the second largest city in Sulawesi province, after Makassar. Since its founding in 1623, Manado has been colonised by Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, and Japan.
The city has retained many of the foreign influences left behind by its former colonisers. This can be seen in its architecture, cuisine, and its religious and cultural attractions. Western chains and cosmopolitan comforts are available, but its buildings and winding lanes harken back to a simpler time.
The city boasts a variety of houses of worship, including churches, mosques and temples, reflecting the diverse beliefs of its historical colonisers. Divers and snorkelers regularly visit Manado on their way to remote islands and reefs scattered around the region. While not itself the tropical paradise envisioned by many foreign travellers, Manado serves as a perfect initial point of arrival, for those wishing to explore North Sulawesi. Islands with white sand beaches and palm trees abound throughout the surrounding seas.
- Population: 701,390
- Transportation: 1 international airport, buses, taxis, mikrolets (minibuses) and ojeks (motorbikes)
- Language: Manado Malay (a creole of the Malay language), Bahasa Indonesia
- Climate: Tropical climate with average temperatures of 25 degrees
- EF Semarang Flagship school opened in 2016
What Makes Manado Unique
- Manado is famous for its Christian & Dutch heritage. Unlike most of majority Islamic Indonesia, Christianity is the dominant religion here. It is home to the world’s 4th largest statue of Christ, located in the suburb of Citraland. Many of the region’s largest churches have their home in Manado
- Ban Hin Kiong is the oldest Chinese temple in Manado. Built during in the Qing dynasty era, it caters to followers of Tridharma, a local blend of Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism.
- It is also well known as the gateway to spectacular snorkelling and diving in world-renowned Bunaken national marine park.
- Nearby volcanos Mt. Lokon, Mt. Empung and Mt. Mahawu are all readily accessible for trekking