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Bena Traditional Village, Bajawa

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Historic Site
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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TripAdvisor
  • If you like very tidy villages, then then this is the place to go. If you want to see how people live this isn't the place for you. The next couple of villages are much better. We rented a motorbike w...  more »
  • This place was high on my list as it was featured in 'Magicians of the Gods', I managed to speak to Joseph from the book. A really interesting bit of history, and the lady from the village on the road...  more »
  • This is a must see when around Bajawa. By car 30-45 minutes from hotel and most of the way a very beautiful scenery and the narrow road is without litter compared to most other roads at Flores. Great ...  more »
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  • Interesting cultural experience in a beautiful setting. Went here in 2008. Nice to catch a glimpse of local traditional cultures.
  • Already a bit too commercial for my taste. The ticket is still very reasonably priced at 25k for forgeiners and the village looks amazing. But asking for appreciation in form of buying goods or donating money is not really my thing. Go see the place anyhow, but be aware of the road there from Bajawa when it rains! It's steep and long!
  • Well preserve, spacious enough for some exploration, clean environment and clean toilet, residents not so pushy to sell souvenirs.
  • Just been there while on journey from Ruteng to Ende. Feels amazed at first sight. But feel concern about the consequence of tourism. Money as souvenir exchange direct to the villager. It seems would threatened intangible culture...
  • Beautiful scenery, warm people, but expensive souvenir