Manhyia Palace Museum
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Anita
Accra, Ghana18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
Was more of group to friends trip. I love their gifts shop and the pricing is moderate. You get to learn a lot about the Ashanti history and not through a white man’s lens but from the people themselves which gives it a different perspective if you have studied Ashanti history in school. I would say it is a must for all who visit Kumasi to pass through.
Written March 13, 2024
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midway42
Georgia3,329 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2011
The Asante buildings on the outskirts of Kumasi are the last remaining traditional buildings of the eponymous civilization. I dedicated a day of my time in Ghana to searching at least one of these out and it proved to be quite an adventure. After hiring a driver for the day, we headed through Ejisu to Besease, a small village about 1 km to the east on the main road. The route does have a UNESCO sign marking the turnoff but you do have to look for it.

The traditional shrine at Besease is set up as a small museum inside after you pay an entrance fee of 10 Cedis. This is a bare bones operation, there was an older gentleman collecting money but no gift shop and I didn’t see another tourist the whole time. Once inside the shrine you can take your time reading the informative displays on the walls which describe the specifics of the buildings and their role in Asante culture. It is also of note that the Besease shrine is the only one with a traditional thatched roof. I spent about an hour here; the building was functional but did seem to be in a bit of disrepair.

After visiting the Besease shrine, we decided to hunt down another less formal shrine in Aduko Jachie, about 5km to the west. If Besease is a bit off the beaten path this one was downright hidden. It took us about 30 minutes in the town to find it after asking numerous locals, although we did get to meet the Village and Development Chief of the town in the process. The cost to enter was 10 Cedis and a bottle of Schnapps or 20 Cedis so I chose the latter. We had an impromptu tour of the interior by a local guide explaining the various rooms and decorations.

I’m glad I visited both shrines as each served a different purpose: Besease was a more formal scholarly experience (i.e. a Cultural Site) whereas Aduko Jachie was more informal with the attempt to find it proving as instructive as the tour itself (i.e a cultural site). I would recommend a trip to both for those with a bit of interest in this type of thing.
Written April 24, 2011
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Herbert293984
Tel Aviv, Israel6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Business
In the month of November, 2013, I was invited to visit Accra, the capital city of the West African nation of Ghana, by a business colleague there.My visit lasted for just one week and in the of that week my host and I flew to Kumasi, the second largest city of Ghana, and the former capital city of the great Ashanti Empire which had its heyday from the 17th to the end of the 19th century. The city is rich in the traditions of the Ashanti people and is the location of the Manhyia Palace, the residence of the Asantehene, the king of the Ashanti people and the royal family. The current king is His Royal Majesty King Otumfuo Osei Tutu ll. Our short stay in Kumasi coincided with the colourful Akwasidae Festival which is celebrated once every 6 weeks, on the last Sunday of the month and is held in the courtyard of the Manhyia Palace. Before the start of the actual festival I was given the privilege of entering the ground of the royal palace to visit the old Manhyia Palace which used to be the residence of two Asantehenes (rulers of the Ashanti people) who preceded the current sovereign but which is now in use as a museum to commemorate the rich culture and traditions of the Ashanti people. My Ghanaian colleague arranged for myself to have a front row seat to witness the festival during the course of which the King, richly decorated with gold jewellery , is born on a palanquin in a procession around the palace courtyard to the accompaniment of beating of drums, the blowing of horns and singing. On this occasion the mystical "Golden Stool" is displayed at the palace grounds in the presence of the king and there is much dancing and singing. The King is then seated in a large tent, surrounded by his court officials and subordinate, all attired in the colorful kente cloth robes, and receives those who are invited to meet him bearing valuable gifts for him. So I together with all the gifts which I had brought with me stood in line to be presented to His Majesty and to have the honour to shake his hand. At the conclusion of the festival we returned to our hotel in the city, the 4-star Golden Tulip Hotel, after a very eventful and memorable day. It is worthwhile noting that the Festival is open for visitors and tourists alike and of course it is essential to bring a
good camera for the excellent photo opportunities.
Written June 30, 2015
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Voyager81977
Detroit, MI111 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Business
A good place to learn about the Asante culture and Asante history. The guided tour is excellent, The artifacts are very interesting, And the grounds are beautiful .
Written August 16, 2017
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ExploreOurUniverse
Oakland, CA34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Couples
Informative tour and a must see if you are in Kumasi. It is impossible to appreciate Ghana and its rich history without learning about the Asante Kingdom. The entrance price was much higher than I anticipated but it was worth it. The tour guides are well versed on all things Asante and do an excellent job of explaining the current role of the monarchy in Ghanaian politics. This is a non-strenuous walking tour preceded by a video (which we unfortunately were missed). Save your money and buy your souvenirs at the market if you want a broader selection.
Written August 27, 2015
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BeatriceItaliana
Italy822 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2012 • Friends
well, there are not many museums in Ghana.This is one of the most important. It is not spectacular but it is well done and the guides are well prepared.
Written January 15, 2012
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AlexandraRigby
Lilongwe, Malawi172 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Spent two hours at this musuem in Kumasi, learning all about the Asante kingdom. We had a good tour around the musuem and watched a video at the start explaining some history. There were lots of beautiful peacocks in the gardens of the musuem! A must if you love history
Written February 21, 2020
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janpieterkaren
Tauranga, New Zealand280 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
Interesting to hear and see how the king used to live. Didn't like it that as a foreigner you have to pay more than a Ghanaian.
Written August 19, 2017
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Voyager81977
Detroit, MI111 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Business
Interesting site with a lot of culture and a lot of things to learn regarding the asante people and their history
Written August 16, 2017
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Nicky W
Bangkok, Thailand193 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Solo
I found the Palace Museum very interesting, made so by the excellent standard of talk delivered by the guide. You get a good understanding of how power is transferred and also understand all the beliefs of the Golden Stool.
Written June 24, 2017
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