The Ashanti Region of Ghana is a kingdom of gold, history, and culture. Occupying a central portion of modern Ghana, the region is the hub of the ancient kingdom of the Asante, and still the heartland for all Asante, wherever they may now be. A visit to Ashanti must include Kumasi, the ancient capital of the region founded in 1695 by the Asantehene, Osei Tutu, where palaces, museums, forts, and churches reveal the distinct cultural and historic backdrop for the festivals and ceremonies that are still important today.
The Palace of the Asantehene, Otumfuo Opuko Ware II, the festivals of Akwasidae, the Kumasi Fort and the Military Museum, and the Centre for National Culture are all essential tourist high spots.
Kumasi also boasts the largest open-air market in West Africa at Kejetia, and the city is ringed by villages famous for their artisans and handicrafts. Tourists should always remember that bargaining is part of the tradition of trading in Ghana.
Sites - Okomfo Anokye Sword The ‘immovable’ Sword driven into the ground by Okomfo Anokye remains and is the venue of the Okomfo Anokye Teaching Hospital. History has it that the sword was pushed into the ground, almost 300 years ago. It is believed the Okomfo pronounced that no one would be able to remove the sword, and so it has remained in spite of attempts. The Ashanti state, it is believed, would collapse should the sword ever be pulled out of the ground.
Bobiri Forest Butterfly Sanctuary Located 20km on the Kumasi and Accra highway, it is quiet research showcasing an arboretum, forest hiking trails, and a butterfly sanctuary; lodging, guiding, and interpretative materials are available. The Forest is an undisturbed rainforest. In front of the guesthouse is the butterfly sanctuary where different butterfly species could be observed. The butterflies are at their best during mid-day since they do not like moisture. The reserve is ideal for rain forest walk through the carefully laid paths. Visitors would also have the opportunity of identifying different tree species. The forest canopy creates a cool and conducive environment that you will love.
Manhyia Palace. The Museum is unique in West Africa for it has been created by a single people, the Asante Nation, to commemorate their own leaders, and to communicate the riches of their history and culture to future generations and to the ever-increasing numbers of visitors who come to Ghana every year from all over the world.
The Museum building is of great historical interest and importance. It not only houses the Museum’s exhibits; it is itself an exhibit of the Museum. It was built in 1925 for Asantehene Agyeman Prempeh I, by the British Colonial Government, as his private residence when he returned from Seychelles after twenty-eight years in exile.
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