Bawomataluo Site


Bawomataluo Site is part of the Tentative list of Indonesia in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

Bawomataluo is a traditional hill-top housing complex (kampong) with 500 houses and common facilities. The settlement on the island of Nias dates from the 18th century. Megaliths are found at a funerary site and stand in front of the houses; they are said to be connected to religious rituals.

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Zoë Sheng

Chinese-Canadian - 28-Jan-20 -

Bawomataluo Site (T) by Zoë Sheng

Far away from most visited places in Indonesia (read: Bali) is a small island of Nias. In fact the most likely person to have heard of this place is a surfer because the surfing here is excellent! There are no proper hotels when I visited in 2018 and one generally rents a lodge for a week to surf. On the way the south tip where the actual surfing conditions are good one can visit Bawomataluo. I'm unclear if this is supposed to be just the village I visited or there's more to the area.

I don't quite understand the unique "ingenious" location and I would guess that's thrown away from an incription, the unique architecture and the megalithic monuments are enough to say "inscribe me now, please". It doesn't take long to see everything. The car park is just below the village entrance and there are just 2 main roads with the houses. Not expecting a visitor they scrambled to find the key to the chief's house for a look around inside. 

If you come here you will most likely want to see the high jump performance. It's impressive and I think pays of the entrance fee to see the houses - plus I think that tourism is the only real income for people here so I was happy to get charged to see the show.

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Bawomataluo Site
Urban landscape - Asian
2009 Added to Tentative List

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