Kumasi is the capital city of the Ashanti Region, in southern Ghana. It’s known as a center for Ashanti culture. In the huge, open-air Kejetia Market, stalls sell everything from glass beads to Ashanti sandals. The National Cultural Centre offers craft workshops and dance performances. It includes the Prempeh II Jubilee Museum, which displays jewelry and ceremonial clothing belonging to the 20th-century Ashanti king.
To the east, the Manhyia Palace Museum occupies the former palace of the Asantehene, or Ashanti king. It was built by the British in 1925 and used as a royal residence until the 1970s. On display are royal objects, including furniture and artwork. Nearby, the Kumasi Fort and Military Museum, in a 19th-century building, displays artifacts such as weapons, medals and photographs from the British-Ashanti Wars and WWII. Southeast of Kumasi, Lake Bosomtwe is a crater lake surrounded by green hills with trails for hiking and cycling. Northwest of the city, the wetlands of Owabi Wildlife Sanctuary are a haven for birds and monkeys.