Traditional House at Wae Rebo Village, Manggarai, East Nusa Tenggara

Traditional House at Wae Rebo Village, Manggarai, East Nusa Tenggara, – Wae Rebo Village is located in Satarlenda Village, Satar Mese West District, Manggarai, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT). You can look traditional house at Wae Rebo Village.

Wae Rebo village has seven traditional house or Mbaru Niang. This traditional house in Wae Rebo village is conical. The roof of this custom house is made of coconut fiber.

This village is on the top of the mountain. Tourists must drive eight hours from Labuan Bajo. Then tourists climb the mountain as far as 4 kilometers through the natural forest. It took 4 hours trekking trip from the last village before reaching Wae Rebo.

Traditional House at Wae Rebo Village
Traditional House at Wae Rebo Village. (Foto:
There are 33 families live in the small kampong. They also live in the Mbaru Niang that built by their great-grandfather. Their ancestors came from Minangkabau, West Sumatra. One of the markers is the buffalo head inside their traditional house.

Wae Rebo has seven main houses or the so called Mbaru Niang. This house can not
added or decreased. Mbaru Niang must remain numbered seven. The community can build houses around the village but not the same as Mbaru Niang.

This house also has another name that is Round House. One house can be occupied 6-8 families. This house has the same diameter and altitude.

Tourists or researchers interested to visit Wae Rebo. They want to find out the origin and uniqueness of traditional house architecture in Wae Rebo village. It have natural view that is interesting to enjoy.

Most of the Wae Rebo villagers work in their gardens. Some women weave traditional Manggarai cloth.

traditional house at wae rebo village
People in the Wae Rebo Village. (Foto:

According to the legend of his people, the ancestor of the customary village of Wae Rebo is Empo Maro who came from Minangkabau, West Sumatra. Empo Maro with some relatives sailed from his hometown and anchored in Flores.

Empo Maro moved from one village to another village to settle in Wae Rebo. But until now no one knows when exactly Empo Maro arrived at Wae Rebo.

Wae Rebo village became a cultural tourism in West Flores. Finally, if you want to visit traditional house at Wae Rebo village, you can stay at Niang Mbaru. Visitors can also eat together with Wae Rebo’s people. To sleep, visitors will sleep on woven mats from pandan leaves in Mbaru Niang. So, what are you waiting for?

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