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As a country with over 350 cultural ethnic groups, the cultural diversity of Indonesia deserves to be explored. Discover unique cultures and witness traditional life in Indonesia with a visit to one of the many  traditional local villages where residents maintain indigenous cultures, living just as their ancestors did centuries ago. Spread throughout Indonesia, traditional villages offer the chance to experience something uniquely Indonesian, places where traditional beliefs and rituals, practices still dominate daily life.  The traditional communities and cultural groups who live in these villages still practice their ethnic rituals, customs, produce exotic arts and crafts and wear traditional clothes. The main attraction of these villages is the chance to see and experience distinctive cultures which remain free from influences of modernisation. A visit to a traditional village is an unforgettable experience and offers the rare opportunity to embrace a purely village atmosphere.

 

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  • The ancient Village of Ke’te Kesu’ in the heart of the Toraja highlands

    The ancient Village of Ke’te Kesu’ in the heart of the Toraja highlands

    Kete Kesu is a quaint, traditional village concealed in the mountainous region of TanaToraja, South Sulawesi. It sits amidst a vast expanse of rice fields, and is the oldest village in the Sanggalangi district. The village is over 400 years old, and is said to have not changed at all in the last 400 years. KeteKusu functions as a sort of living museum, where one can experience first-hand the culture and traditions of the ancient Torajan people....

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    Location: Sulawesi » South Sulawesi » Kab. Tana Toraja

     

    Pulau Wangi-Wangi in Wakatobi

    Wangi-wangi is one of the four main islands that make up the Wakatobi Archipelago off the coast of Southeast Sulawesi, and is the gateway to the Wakatobi Marine National Park. The name Wakatobi is derived from the four largest islands of Wangi-Wangi (WA,) Kaledupa (KA,) Tomea (TO,) and Binongko (Bi,) and are part of a larger island chain called TukangBesi. The islands are nestled in the heart of the fabled Coral Triangle, and boast 942 species of...

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    Location: Sulawesi » South East Sulawesi

     

    Woloan Village: Industry in Knock Down Traditional Minahasa Houses

    Some 3 km from west from the town of Tomohon, or about 28 km from Manado is the village called Woloan, which has become famous for its industry in traditional knock-down houses that can be transported and re-assembled anywhere in the world. These are not dolls houses or souvenirs, these are actual houses to live in.Orders have arrived from as far away as Argentina, Norway, Poland, Japan, South Korea, the Philippines and the United States, and of...

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    Location: Sulawesi » North Sulawesi » Kota Tomohon

     
    Sawinggrai Village

    Sawinggrai Village

    Sawinggrai village is located in the Meos Mansar district, Raja Ampat, West Papua province. It is among the most recognized village besides Arborek in the same district. This village has 36 families and it is prominent for the Cenderawasih, the Bird of Paradise, the icon of Papua raised in this village. The Red Bird of Paradise is the special icon of the village of Sawinggrai.There are four species of Cenderawasih reared in this village, namely...

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    Location: Papua » West Papua

     
  • Sauwandarek Tourism Village

    Sauwandarek Tourism Village

    Sauwandarek Tourism Village is located in the western part of Waisai, the capital city of Raja Ampat district, West Papua province. This village is part of Meos Mansar district. Homes in this tourism village with 46 families or about 179 population have original leaf roofs.In this village, women, particularly mothers, produce hats and bags made of sea pandan leaf. This village is famous for its beautiful corals. In addition, there is a salty lake...

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    Location: Papua » West Papua » Kota Sorong

     
    Baliem Valley Festival

    Baliem Valley Festival

    The main tribes inhabiting the beautiful Baliem Valley in the central highlands of Papua are the Dani, the Yali and the Lani. Although now modernized, the Dani still strongly adhere to their traditions and customs, most notably the dress of the men. Even in this cool mountain climate, men wear only a penis gourd, known as koteka, though complemented with elaborate headdress of bird of paradise or cassowary feathers, while the women wear grass or...

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    Location: Papua » Papua

     
    The Wamena Highlands

    The Wamena Highlands

    Many have been captivated by the story of Shangri La. It is intriguing, appealing, and almost mystifying when chatting about it among travelers. Hidden among the rising 2,500-meter mountains in the Baliem Valley in central Papua, the town called Wamena, was hailed as the other Shangri La. Among advanced travelers, this is the other ultimate trekkers’ rendezvous.Here Wamena awaits as the starting point to a remarkable journey, prior to...

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    Location: Papua » Papua

     
    THE ASMAT: Papua’s famed Woodcarvers

    THE ASMAT: Papua’s famed Woodcarvers

    The wide south-east swath of land of the Indonesian part of the island of Papua comprises flat plains overgrown with mangrove forests serrated by many rivers. These plains lie so low that at high tide during the rainy season, sea water penetrates some two kilometers inland and flows back out to two km to sea at low tide. During low tide the plains are muddy and impassable. This is the largest alluvial swamp in the world, a low-lying territory of...

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    Location: Papua » Papua » Kab. Asmat

     
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