Sulawesi:: Bitung and Lembeh

North Sulawesi, Lembeh island. Monumen Trikora is constructed in the 1970's to celebrate the success of the Indonesian military campaign in Irian Jaya. The old DC3 aircraft that can be seen on the photo was used in the military campaign. (Photo Bjorn Grotting)

North Sulawesi, Lembeh island. Monumen Trikora is constructed in the 1970's to celebrate the success of the Indonesian military's campaign in Irian Jaya. The old DC3 aircraft that can be seen on the photo was used in the military campaign. (Photo Bjorn Grotting)

The port town of Bitung is about one hour drive (55 km) east of Manado. The Lembeh island east of the city protects the area from the sea, and Bitung is today an important commercial harbor for export from Manado and all of east Indonesia. It ia also a point of arrival for travellers who come by boat to northern Sulawesi. Population about 120.000, mostly Christian Protestants.

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