Ashanti Region


Manhyia Palace

The Manhyia Palace (Akan language meaning Oman hyia – gathering of the people) is the seat of the Asantehene, as well as his official residence. It is located at Kumasi, the capital of the Ashanti Region. The first palace is now a museum. Otumfuor Opoku Ware II built the new palace, which is close to the old one and is used by the current Asantehene, Otumfuor Osei Tutu II.

Manhyia Palace Museum

The palace built by the British after the “War of the Golden Stool” (Akan Language “Sika” = Golden stool = “Dwa”) was converted into a museum and officially opened on 12 August 1995 by the then king, Otumfuo Opoku Ware II. Several artefacts are displayed in the museum. They include furniture used by the Kings, the bronze head of Nana Sir Osei Agyeman Prempeh II, and a sketch map of the Asanteman.

There is also Asanteman’s first television at the museum, as well as life-sized wax effigies of some of the kings and queens of Asanteman.

Bonwire Kente Weaving Village

Bonwire is located 18km on the Kumasi-Mampong Road, Bonwire is popular for Kente weaving.
Kente is a colourful Ghanaian traditional fabric which is worn mostly on important occasions and celebrations.

Kente was developed around 17th Century A.D by the people of Asanti the Kingdom; it can be traced to the long tradition of weaving in African dating back to circa 3000 BC. The origin of Kente is grounded in both legends and history. For the legend, a man named Ota Karaban and friend, Kwaku from a town called Bonwire (a leading town for the production of Kente in Ghana) had their weaving lessons from a spider that was weaving its web. They tried to do same by weaving a beautiful raffia fabric.


Kejetia Market

The Kumasi Central Market (also known as Kejetia Market) is an open-air market in the city of Kumasi. The Kejetia market is the largest single market in West Africa. It has over 10,000 stores and stalls.

The market has a day care school for most children of the market women, also has hospital and bank

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