Wae Rebo: The Remaining Trace of Manggarai Architectural Hallmark
Not too many places in Indonesia that still preserve its traditional houses. Wae Rebo is a village where the last remaining trace of Manggarai architectural evidence is still intact. When the honai in Papua is built in a smaller scale, the mbaru niang, the traditional Manggaraian house, is a five-storied wooden building, wrapped with palm leave roof that resembles a giant cone on a lush hillside.
Empo Maro, the first resident and the founding father of the village, inherited 7 mbaru niangs, and the number has not change. As the population grows, the rest of the residents must move to Kombo, the new village with the same ancestors, but not as authentic as Wae Rebo. Visiting the village is like days of dream.
Photo by Leonardus Nyoman.