Traditional House of Polewali Mandar Regency, West Sulawesi Province


Attractive natural attractions, interesting local dances, delicious foods, and friendly villagers have made Polewali Mandar Regency popular these days. However, another allure is available for tourists to enjoy which is the traditional house! Each region owns one after all, so it would be disappointing if tourists miss the chance to watch and explore this house while spending a vacation in Polman. One thing, they can only find these houses in a particular area called Somba Opu complex. So, it is considered the best location to witness the house and take pictures of it.

The Nuance
Once arriving at the complex, tourists may find 3 traditional houses of Mandar. These include the Majene, Mamuju, and Polewali Mandar. The good thing is that these houses come in a good condition due to good management of the keeper. One of them, Mandar House, has a wide yard with the width of 15 meters and the length of 25 meters. As for the fences, the house features flowers and plants that surround the house beautifully. This kind of nuance indeed may impress any visitors and somehow gives a soothing sensation to them.

Exploring Traditional House of Polewali Mandar Regency
The most famous one is none other than Polewali Mandar House, as it appears the neatest as compared to others. The house is built using sturdy woods and it features detailed ornaments on all sides. Not to mention beautiful carvings give a significant improvement in terms of beauty. The most noticeable characteristic is definitely the presence of lateral stairs located on its lateral side, having an indented cupola (which looks unique). Another noticeable characteristic is the complicated and impressive ornaments, for sure.

On the outdoor walls and windows, tourists may find complicated designs as well. The windows feature beautiful carvings on the sides, which make them more stand out. What about the inside of the house? It consists of two parts, actually. In terms of appearance, both of them look similar to a stage. There is also a vast middle room, having no divider at all. No wonder, it feels quite comfortable when being in that room.

As for tourists, the presence of Polewali Mandar Traditional House gives them an opportunity to learn local’s architecture. Plus, they have the chance to collect beautiful pictures of the house during the visit. The fact is that it is free to enter the house, so they can take photos inside as well. What they must avoid are any acts that may spoil the beauty of the house and its surrounding. In other words, littering is highly prohibited!

Nearby Attractions

  • Bahari Beach
  • Tumpiling Fish Pond
  • 7 Islands of Polewali
  • Rawa Bangun
  • Limbung Sitodo
  • Limbung Kamandang
  • Sarung Allo Park

How to Get There
As mentioned before, the best place to see those houses is at Somba Opu complex. First, tourists should reach Polewali Mandar Regency from their location. For example, it may take 4 hours if they come from Mamuju City as the distance is 202.9 km. Have no worries. It is easy to get a local transportation service, so everyone can get there easily.

Where to Stay

  • Ratih Hotel
  • Lilianto Hotel
  • Dirja Guesthouse
  • Mamasa Cottage
  • Mery Cottage
  • Indah Hotel

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