A brand new attraction has lately been added to Makassar. Since the beginning of March, an impressive Changing of the Guard, the ceremony takes place in the Ballalompoa Museum, the former Palace of the Sultan of Gowa. Wearing resplendent bright red costumes, soldiers, involved in the Changing of the Guard, in the prior Gowa Palace will do their exercise for the public to watch every morning at 09.0’m, promised the Bupati of the district of Gowa. Built in 1936, the Palace of the Sultan of Gowa, previously also known as the Sungguminasa Palace, is a wooden structure built on stilts and has an imposing roofed stairway which leads to the reception room. It it five wooden panels in the gable of the roof, which denotes royalty and could be used only by the Sultan. The Sultanate of Gowa in South Sulawesi climbed in power and had its heyday in the first decades of the seventeenth-century ruling present day Makassar. The Sultanate was afterward conquered by the Dutch, and the Sultan was given domain only on the Sungguminasa region. The Ballalompoa Museum today houses the resplendent treasure and regalia of the former Sultan of Gowa, among which the Gowa gold crown, bracelets with precious stones, royal swords, keris, and jewelry. Each year a ceremony named Acera Kalomponag is held to cleanse and weigh the gold crown, which is believed to have been inherited from the first female ruler of Gowa, known as I Tanisamanga. According to the belief, the crown never weighs the exact same every year it is weighed. When its weight increases, it’s a fantastic omen that all will be well in the region.
keyword: the Ballalompoa Museum, the former Palace of the Sultan of Gowa