Wisma Monton

Wisma Monton

February 16, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Jl. Abdul Gani No. 14, Rantepao, Sulawesi Selatan, Indonesia 91883 Description Set directly behind Wisma Irana, this large establishment built of three floors with quite a large garden, offers reasonable rates. The rooms have a natural look with split bamboo walls, each with its own seating area outside the door. On the top floor rooms you can enjoy a good view of Mount Sesean. All bathrooms have hot water. Also nearby is a rooftop restaurant, which has a large shared television, where guests can watch movies. Facilities Book Exchange / Breakfast included / Car rental / English speaking staff / Free maps / Guide Service / Laundry / Lounge/Bar / Massage / Motorbike rental / Restaurant / Tours Rates & bookings Ground & 1st floor room: 220,000 rp Top floor room: 200,000 rp Do you require more information? Or do you want to make a reservation? Get in touch with Bonga Toraja. Call us +62 821 88 084 848 • E-mail us: info @ bongatoraja . com • Skype us: BongaToraja.

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Lemo

Lemo

February 15, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Lemo is probably the best known and most visited burial site in Tana Toraja. It is located 10 km south of Rantepao, on the road to Makale. The sheer rock face has a whole series of galleries with Tau Tau, realistic looking wooden ancestor statues, representing the dead persons inside the graves. Walk around the side of the cliff to find more rock graves and hanging and falling coffins. Close to the rock you will find little huts where men are carving (and selling) tau tau and of course numerous souvenir stalls selling everything from wood carvings to keychains and t-shirts. The whole burial site itself is surrounded by beautiful rice paddies. The best time to visit Lemo is early in the morning, when the sunlight is coming from the right direction to make beautiful photos. Entry fee: 20,000 rp per person. How to get there? Jump on a Rantepao-Makale bemo and ask the driver to drop you off at the turn-off to the burial site (ask “kiri decat di jalan Lemo”). From there on it’s a 20 minute walk. View Larger Map

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Bale Pamarassan

Recipe of the week: Balé Pamarassan

February 15, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

They say love goes through the stomach. So how can you love Toraja without loving its wonderful cuisine? Every Friday we will present you a traditional Torajan dish. Today: balé pamarassan, or fish cooked in black pamarassan sauce. Ingredients 1 or 2 fresh water fish (golden fish) 2 table spoons of pamarassan powder 2 cloves of garlic 4 shallots 3 tomatoes 1 lemongrass stick 2 long red chilli peppers 5 1 cm of ginger 2 spring onions water, salt & pepper Preparation 1/ Pound the garlic, shallots and chilli peppers with a mortar and pestle until a paste is formed. 2/ Pound the pamarassan powder until fine. 3/ Crush ginger & lemongrass under a knife. 4/ De-seed the long chilli peppers and slice them into large chunks. Do the same with the spring onions. 5/ Fry the ingredients from step 1 until there’s an aroma. 6/ Add the crushed ginger & lemongrass, the pamarassan powder and three tablespoons of water and bring to a slow boil. Cook for at least 20 minutes until its natural oil appears. 7/ Add enough water to submerge the fish. 8/ Add the fish and chilli peppers to the stock and cook until the fish …

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Tedong Bonga

Do you know…the meaning of Bonga?

February 08, 2013 / by / 1 Comment

Bonga, or a Tedong Bonga is the name given to a type of water buffalo with a unique colouration only known to Sulawesi. The colouration is mainly pink to white to black with horns and blue eyes. The bonga is very symbolic standing out from the normal buffalo. With a price tag between 30,000 and 60,000 $ (compared to 1,500-2,000 $ for a regular buffalo), it is highly prized and is mainly used to show ones wealth at a Torajan funeral. The Tedong Bonga is also used as a symbol by local governments to welcome their guests. A fine example is the Tedong Bonga statue which you can find on the main road coming from Makale, just before you reach Rantepao. The statue shows a man posing with a white Tedong Bonga buffalo.

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Bonga Toraja

Welcome to Bonga Toraja

February 06, 2013 / by / 1 Comment

Bonga Toraja is new in Rantepao. After living for over 3 years in the “Land of the Heavenly Kings” and meeting several tourists complaining about the way tourism is organized in Tana Toraja, we decided to give it a go and start our own independent Tourist Information and Travel Agency for Toraja. It’s our goal to inform every (future) visitor to Tana Toraja about this beautiful place: about its rich history, its culture, its traditions and of course about the unique way how the Torajans take care of their dead. We also want to inform you how to get here, where to stay, where to eat, what to visit etc. Therefore we have started this website full of useful information which we are willing to share with you free of charge. This website will never be complete and will be updated on a regular basis. Please get in touch with us if you cannot find an answer to your questions on this site. Our second goal is to help you make your stay in Toraja as smooth as possible. Bonga Toraja can help you arrange transportation to/from Tana Toraja, advise you what your best hotel options are and are happy …

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