Bena Traditional Village, Bajawa

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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. To visit Bena Traditional Village on your holiday in Bajawa, and find out what else Bajawa has to offer, use our Bajawa day trip app .
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  • Kampung adat unique and gorgeous yg still awake keaslianya dg local customs and culture condensed wrote
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  • Bena is a touristic place. So don't expect really friendly people there. The village looks good and interesting though. Entrance fee is 25000 rp/person.  more »
  • I visited a different motorcycle from Ende, to be able to get to the Indigenous Village of Bena on Kab. Bajawa, it takes 3 hours to use the motorcycle. Choose vacation time when the rainy season, it is advisable to use a thick jacket and carrying a raincoat, because temperature is extremely cold along the way. Arriving at the tribal customs of the bena, we pay the entrance fee of Rp 20,000 and given some sort of scarf fabric that can be used for indigenous tribes in the region are bena. Dikawan tribe of indigenous traditional house House bena, and every house sell ikat they make themselves at home, price berfariasi starting from Rp 100,000 to Rp 800,000, and don't segam to bid, the people there are very friendly. I was given a cup of coffee during a talk there
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  • Absolutely wonderful place to trace Indonesian tribal root and culture. Lots historic traditional houses with towering roof remains. Roughly 200 family is still living here. They grow their own food and even coffee in nearby garden. Ornaments from sacrifices of Buffalo is still handing on house front. They still don't use locks and trust each other like a big family. In the middle they have sacrifice places and stone sculptures. Bamboo tree at the corners add another natural beauty to traditional houses.
  • Nice village. They respect much to 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.
  • Bena is a very touristic place. So don't expect really friendly local people there. The village look great and interesting though. Entrance fee is 25000 rp/person
  • I did some trekking in this region and this was my first stop from Bajawa. If you have time and the gumption, I highly suggest it. I stayed with Matilday and her family.
  • I love their natural living... no need to rush for everything just like in urban life
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