Jakarta. Ternate in North Maluku held the Kora-Kora Festival at the Ternate Square on Saturday (02/12), an annual marine event to promote traditional kora-kora ships as an important part of the region's history and culture.
Kora-kora vessels were used for trade and warfare by the Sultanate of Ternate in the 15th century. Kora-koras were also used against the Dutch in Banda Islands, in the 17th century.
"The festival is an interesting cultural attraction to draw tourists. It has the potential to develop the tourism sector and the economy of Ternate," said Esthy Reko Astuti, tourism development deputy at the Ministry of Tourism.
The festival featured a kora-kora rowing competition, an exhibition of local products, music performances and traditional dances.
According to Ternate Mayor Burhan Abdurrahman, next year's edition will have more activities to attract tourists, including a kora-kora tour around Ternate.