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Buntu Pune | Ke'te kesu | Palawa | Lemo | Parinding | Sa?dan







Buntu Pune

There are 7 old traditional rice barns and 2 old Tongkonan houses here. Apart from these traditional houses, visitor can have a beautiful view of Rantepao from a cliff nearby.

The steps to climb the cliff are located next to the 7th rice barn.


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Location:Sanggalangi Subdistrict (about 3 kilometers/1.9 miles to the south of Rantepao)
Admission charge:Rp. 5,000 for Indonesians and Rp. 10,000 for foreigners
Facilities:parking area and toilet (poorly maintained and sometimes may not be available)
How to get there:take a public transportation that bounds to Makale and ask the driver to drop you off at this place (fare: Rp. 15,000)
Remarks:the steps to the top of the cliff is currently in a poor condition and may be slippery.

Ke'te kesu

This is a very well-known site for both domestic and foreign visitors. There are 6 Tongkonan houses and 12 traditional rice barns here. It is in Ke'te kesu where one of the oldest Tongkonan houses lies (about 400 years old). This house is now owned by an old man, who is the descendant of the first owner.

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Location:Ke'te Kesu Sanggalangi village (about 4 kilometers/2.5 miles to the south of Rantepao)
Phone:0423 ? 21775
Operating hours:daily, 8am to 5pm
Admission charge:Indonesians Rp. 5,000, foreigners Rp. 10,000, local students Rp. 3,000
Facilities:parking area (at the front), toilet, souvenir shops, english-speaking guide
How to get there:take a pete-pete from Rantepao bounding to Ke'te village (fare: Rp. 3,000 for a 10-minute ride)
Remarks:no car is allowed to park nearby the compound. Usually cars are parked in a parking area about 50 meters from it. Guides always present in this parking area.

Palawa

Palawa is the oldest village with 9 Tongkonan houses and 11 traditional rice barns. The roofs are covered with moss and grass. The families who live in these houses inherit them from their ancestors.

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Location:about 11 kilometers (6.8 miles) to the northeast of Rantepao
Entrance Fee:Rp. 5,000 for Indonesians and Rp. 10.000 for foreigners
Facilities:souvenir shop, parking area
How to get there:take a public transportation that bounds to Palawa from Rantepao. It takes about 20 minutes and costs around Rp. 10,000.

Lemo

Right at the entrance of this site, visitors will find three moss-covered Tongkonan houses, which are still occupied until today, while at about 50 meters away from the parking area, visitors will see cliffs with many "holes" or graves on it. The traditional "tau-tau" is also placed at the graves' entrance. The cliffs and its graves are still used by the locals living in the area for burials.


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Location:about 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) to the northwest of Makale or about 11 kilometers (6.2 miles) to the southwest of Rantepao or about 10 minutes drive from Londa
Admission charge:Rp. 5,000 for Indonesians and Rp. 10,000 for foreigners
Facilities:parking area, souvenir shop, guides (non-English-speaking guides), toilets
How to get there:by public transportation: take a pete-pete from Makale or from Rantepao that bounds to Lemo (about 20 minutes and costs about Rp. 10,000)
Remarks:expect bumpy journey to Lemo.

Parinding

Visitors will be charmed by a stunning view from Parinding, where Tongkonan houses are lined up along with rice barns stretched its front size on the south. On the left side of the road there are beautiful view of paddy fields.


Location:about 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) to the north of Rantepao. It is in Sesean sub district just right after Bori
How to get there:by "pete-pete" (fare: Rp. 6,000) or by ojek (fare: about Rp. 10,000 or depends on the negotiation)
Remarks:bumpy road along the way from Bori to this village of Parinding.

Sa'dan

There are also a cluster of Tongkonan houses with a number of traditional rice barns in this village. Apart from the traditional houses, Sa'dan is also known as the center of weaving or ikats in Toraja.

There are many traditional weaving patterns. Some weavings are made of cotton, some are made of silk, and some are made of pineapples' fibers. Prices depend on size of the scarves and the materials. Prices are always negotiable.


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Location:about 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) to the north of Rantepao
Admission charge:Rp. 5,000 for Indonesians and Rp. 10,000 for foreigners
How to get there:take a public transportation from Bolu terminal in Rantepao that goes to Sa'dan village (fare: Rp. 10,000).

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