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Address: Waikabubak, Sumba, Indonesia

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Great scene for traditional architecture lover

About 1 hour from Waitabula airport, this traditional village has great view, you will feel like "back to the stone" age. Great scene for traditional architecture lover, you will... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 May 2016
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Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

Almost all the houses still with straw roof, very friendly people, excellent traditional weavings. A wonderful place to visit, possibility to have a traditional meal (organizing in advance) in one of the houses

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Thank metboef
Denpasar, Indonesia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016

Tarung village is really traditional place, where you can see and explore more about traditional sumbanese architecture and life of sumbanese people. All houses are built from wood and grass and people still live in this village. Village is on the small hill and you can see whole village from the top. It is really nice place for taking pictures... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2016 via mobile

About 1 hour from Waitabula airport, this traditional village has great view, you will feel like "back to the stone" age. Great scene for traditional architecture lover, you will found mistycal history behind this building abd village called "Marapu" if you have local guide for your journey. Enjoy.

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Thank Tito S
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2015 via mobile

Placed in the city centre of Waikabubak, nearby the market, this village stands out among other building. When you reached here, prepare some money to get Tenun from them, as they will offer to you straight away when you came. Though its a traditional village, you will find how the people are also living on nowadays way of life.

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Thank Zessi F
Jakarta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2015

Knowing that Sumba tourism is still being developed, visit to Kampung Tarung will not be like visiting traditional villages in Flores. They should organize the people and especially the seller of souvenir.

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Thank Wardono
Denver
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2014 via mobile

Awesome. Contact Yuliana to stay there. Great experience. Great place to buy weaving direct from wondeful happy women who work hard and need the income. Ask Yuliana for any kind of help you might need she is a wealth of cultural information and delightful host. yuli.sumba@ gmail.com

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Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2014

Easy access, just in the middle of the waikabubak town (and i just realize it was walking distance from hotel we stayed). We got some introduction about Sumba and Maparu culture from a local lady that speak bahasa well. Very interesting. The local are very friendly, some even invited us to visit their houses. I'm not sure about the toilet... More 

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Cologne
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2013

If you pass through the town of Waikabubak and would like to see an easy-access traditional village, this is your choice. In terms of authenticity, however, there are others nearby without paved walkways, like Bondomaroto or Praijing, as well as further away in Tossi or Ratenggaro.

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Sydney
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2013

From the bottom of the village, this place is magnificent. Once we got up there, the view is even more breathtaking. The head of the village came out to greet us and took us around for a tour and a bit of introduction of the place, history etc. As we have expected, the ladies was out and ready with their... More 

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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2012

Tarung is probably the best of the 4 traditional villages near the centre of Waikabubak, Sumba. It is relatively unscathed by modern developements - in the classic style of two rowed line of authentic stilted grass roofed open plan verandered houses (most still appear occupied), with cromlech style graves down the centre of the village, some decorated. Ikat is stilll... More 

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