Kumasi is considered the home of the Ashanti King, the current one being Otumfuo Osei Tutu II. Kumasi is widely regarded as the cultural cradle of Ghana as the vibrancy of Ghana's culture is more evident here than any part of the country. The Asantehene still sits in state as Ashanti's from all walks of life pay homage. He even presides over traditional courts and some residents use this instead of the judicial system.
Kumasi was established by the King Osei Tutu I with guidance from the priest Okomfo Anokye. It is said he planted two Kuma trees at two locations. One died and that place was called Kumawu (thus the Kuma tree died) and the one at Kumasi flourised and was named Kumasi (Kuma tree has flourished).
Population of about 2 million, the language is predominantly Akan Twi.
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Kumasi is a cosmopolitan city with a good road network and one can travel on local buses which ply predetermined routes or charter/hire taxis to take one to his preferred destination.
 By plane
Flights from Accra to Kumasi are in the morning and afternoon on the three carriers: Fly540Africa, CitiLink and Antrak. The flight is about 45 minutes long, limited on luggage allowance. Excellent way to get to Kumasi, preferred by most. Small planes, yet short trip. The cost on CitiLink is +-$90 USD one way, and $95 on Antrak as of June 2011 and $86 with Fly540Africa as of March 2012.
From may 2012 star bow airlines are flying this and other routes from Accra. Morning and afternoon flights, 100 seated planes and standard 20kg luggage, costs vary but typically around $60.
 By train
Railroads connect Kumasi to Accra and Takoradi, however, as of October 2010, all passenger trains to Kumasi have been suspended.
 By car
Car rental in Kumasi is available at the lowest cost of about USD $75-100 per day.
 By bus
To travel by road to Kumasi from Accra you will need to allow 6 hours travel time. Bus service is available by O.A. and STC, two private bus lines ($12 for bus with AC).
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The Adae festival is a continuous demonstration of faith in the vision and heritage of the Asante Kingdom, which has existed since the introduction of the Golden Stool in 1700. The festival is also to commemorate and re-enforce the independence of the Ashanti people and an occasion to re-affirm each state's loyalty to the confederacy instituted in the aftermath of the Ashanti war of independence fought against the Denkyeras between 1697–1699. It provides a platform for the King to meet and share his thoughts with his sub-chiefs and subjects and also reward deserving ones.
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The newly opened Guestline Lodge is a affordable hotel located right in the centre of town. access around Kumasi becames very easy. the hotel offers all basic facilities, its clean and its perfect for backpackers. On my stay there i had a good time. All their staff were helpful. they also provide services of car rental which was convenient for me.
O'Neills/Shields Irish Bar
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Vic Baboo's (Prempeh II Rd) is not the most athmospheric place in town, but it had an imressive cocktail menu. It is thé place to meet backpackers, expats and volunteers. The menu features a rich collection of local, oriental and western dishes as well.
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Four Villages Inn
Run by Charity and Chris, very nice people, comfortable location. Recommend a Kumasi market tour with Comfort. Friend Garden- South Suntreso Mothi Mahal Cumba Delight Hotel Rexmar
Vic Baboo's Cafe....in the centre of Kumasi, where all volunteers normally gather. Food is great and it's a nice feel when you're a bit home sick! A variety of different food Indian, Chinese, Continental, fast food. Especially the lassi and milkshakes, staff are friendly and it has a homely atmosphere.
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