Bena Traditional Village, Bajawa

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#1 of 9 in Historic Sites in East Nusa Tenggara
Discover an age-old way of life among the traditional thatched houses and megalithic stone structures of Bena Traditional Village. Villagers use ancient stone altars to communicate with their ancestors, often through animal sacrifice. A giant pile of flat stones creates a court where the village clans settle their legal disputes. Learn about the local culture--which combines animism with elements of Catholicism--from hospitable locals, and purchase locally woven fabrics, dyed with intricate patterns. A viewpoint on a small hill, home to a shrine dedicated to the Virgin Mary, offers sweeping views of the village and nearby Mount Inerie. Our Bajawa tourist route planner makes visiting Bena Traditional Village and other Bajawa attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Despite a pouring rain that day, we have spent a long time in this village and is discussed at length with the inhabitants, who have remained very open. We loved learn more about local life, culture, etc.
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  • August 13, 2017
    Interesting authentic village. Paid 25.000 pp, but we got introduced (unsolicited) to a 91 year-old, very friendly Dutch speaking inhabitant who showed us around... turned out that we had to pay him a...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    One is struck by the beauty of the place. The menhirs at the tables of sacrifice... We visited late in the day and we were practically the only tourists in the place... a must-see even if one must do a lot of road to Bajawa.
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  • August 27, 2017
    Nice village. They respect much with the visitors. You should try the coffee, so authentic. Hope one day can stay there.It's in the highlands, but lower than Wae Rebo.
  • June 15, 2017
    I am compelled to write this to highlight the horrible animal cruelty we witnessed at Bena village today. ☹️ We saw three dogs tied up by their necks at the first house you encounter upon entering the village. The dogs are skeletal, you can see every single bone in their frail bodies. One of the dogs had some tiny puppies she was trying to nurture and god only knows how she had any nutrients to pass on. It was utterly heartbreaking. We expressed our concern with the villagers about how the dogs must be so hungry and they laughed raucously which made us feel so much worse. We bought biscuits for the dogs and they were open to letting us feed them. We respect the villagers' way of life. However there is NO excuse for mistreating animals. The dogs were starving. To see them wagging their tails as they ate was heartwarming but we left there feeling totally depressed about their fate. We could also not understand why they had them tied up with a choking collar while other dogs were allowed to roam free. I'm writing this in the hope of raising awareness and making a change. If anyone reading this is heading to Bena and is as disgusted as we were please vocalise your concern and hopefully the people of Bena will get the message. I know Indonesian attitudes to dogs are different to western ideas but there's no excuse for animals to be mistreated and this type of behaviour can hopefully be changed through education. Perhaps if you're visiting you might like to take along some food for these dogs to make their day a little bit brighter. Everyone in the village was perfectly friendly and I'm sorry to award just one star.
  • May 25, 2017
    The afternoon light lends itself to the quiet surrounds and the laid back feeling one has while visiting this place. It's easy to become transported to another time altogether. A rare sight and rarer feeling; one we can always appreciate in our rushed lives.
  • July 21, 2017
    Beautiful village which gives a good insight into the traditional life of the locals. Talk to the locals for a more immersive experience. The view of Mount Inerie at the end of the town is Fantastic!
  • June 2, 2017
    i'm very happy when i arrive there, i can enjoy the beautiful view from various of megalithic relic.. If you are in bajawa, don't forget to visit it..

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