"The centre of the Ashanti Kingdom" Top 5 Page for this destination Kumasi by grets

Kumasi Travel Guide: 75 reviews and 317 photos

Kumasi was once the capital city of the Ashanti Kingdom and a beautiful town of whitewashed buildings with thatched roofs. Then came the British. The old city was burnt down in 1873, followed by prolonged fighting between the two sides. Kumasi was annexed to the British Gold Coast colony in 1902.

Today Kumasi is a fast-paced, bustling city with no real historical centre. It is Ghana’s second city with over a million inhabitants.

  • Last visit to Kumasi: Dec 2006
  • Intro Updated Jan 21, 2007
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  • Acirfa's Profile Photo
    Jul 6, 2007 at 2:06 AM

    You have some fabulous photo's and wonderful tips here.

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Apr 8, 2007 at 3:00 AM

    Ah, this was the town where you met the king :-) I like this market but ah, getting lost in there must be quite a thing.... Interesting story about the freedom war.

  • sachara's Profile Photo
    Jan 25, 2007 at 10:25 AM

    Great your meeting with the king. In the early 80s I visited also the cultural museum. At the huge market my host found out that the allergic reaction of my skin was caused by snails I had eaten earlier that week at a farewell party.

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Jan 18, 2007 at 8:54 AM

    Drums for communication. That caught my eye. :)

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Jan 13, 2007 at 3:18 PM

    What an exciting experience, getting to meet the Ashanti king . The hotel would have been better had you had water both nights. The food looked very good when it did arrive.


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