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“Insight into Asante Culture and History”
Review of Asante Buildings

Ranked #8 of 18 things to do in Kumasi
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Owner description: Unique and fragile Ashanti houses were constructed of mud and covered with interesting decorations.
Reviewed 8 March 2013

This is "must visit" site in Kumasi that helps place the Asante people and their history in the context of modern Ghana. The museum is compact, well laid out and the guides are well informed and entertaining.

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Reviewed 22 September 2012

All the asante sights I visited (Manhyia Palace, Komfo Anokye Sword Site and the cultural centre, which included the Prempeh II museum) were well worth visiting. Friendly staff and really interesting artifacts, all well presented. Kumasi and the Asante culture were real highlights of my visit to Ghana.

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Reviewed 6 September 2012

light off ,no good generator service ,or in other words it seemed they wanted to save diesl than to serve the customer

1  Thank susan y
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Reviewed 15 January 2012

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.

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Reviewed 24 April 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.

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