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Joglo is the famous traditional building in Java especially in central Java. Joglo refers to a traditional wooden house, which has building standard or it is called pakem in Javanese. Commonly joglo is made of high quality of wood since this kind of wood is rather expensive thus only wealthy people or noble whose can build it.

borneo house


The layout of a traditional longhouse could be described thus, a wall runs along the length of the building approximately down the longitudinal axis of the building. The space along one side of the wall serves as a corridor running the length of the building while the other side is blocked from public view by the wall and serves as private areas.

sumatera house


The Minangkabau are the Indonesian people who lives in the Padang highlands of Sumatra (west of Sumatra). Typical of the houses of the Minangkabau are the distinctive roofs, which look like buffalo horns. The word “Minangkabau” can actually be interpreted as a compound of the words menang (win) and kerbau (buffalo).

sulawesi house


The ethnic groups in the mountain regions of southwest and central Sulawesi (Celebes) are known by the name of Toraja, which has come to mean “those who live upstream” or “those who live in the mountains”. Their name is in fact derived from Raja, which in Sanskrit means “king”. The society is hierarchically structured: the noblemen are called rengnge...

The Traditional Houses in Indonesia

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indonesia houses Indonesia has many island and has many culture too, a country with vast natural beauty stretching from Sabang to Merauke, diversity of culture and tourism combined with the unique characteristics of each local community. One of sample of the cultural heritage of Indonesia is Architecture Traditional.


The unique from Architecture Traditional of Indonesia because Indonesia has 33 provinces, each of Indonesia's ethnic groups has its own distinctive form of the traditional vernacular architecture of Indonesia, known as rumah adat.


In Indonesia, the construction of the house symbolizes the division of the macrocosm into three regions: the upper world, the seat of deities and ancestors. The typical way of buildings in Southeast Asia is to build on stilts, an architectural form usually combined with a saddle roof. Another characteristic of Southeast Asian houses is the forked horn on the roof, which is considered to be a symbol of the buffalo, regarded throughout the region as a link between Heaven and this world. The most famous stilt houses of Indonesia are those of the Dayak in Borneo, the Minangkabau and Batak on Sumatra, and the Toraja on Sulawesi.


Rumah adat or Traditional House are at the centre of a social relations, traditional laws, taboos, myths and religions that bind the villagers together. The house provides the main focus for the family and its community, and is the point of departure for many activities of its residents. Traditional Indonesian homes are not architect designed, rather villagers build their own homes, or a community will pool their resources for a structure built under the direction of a master builder and/or a carpenter.


With few exceptions, the peoples of the Indonesian archipelago share a common Austronesian ancestry (originating in Taiwan, c. 6,000 years ago), and traditional homes of Indonesia share a number of characteristics such as timber construction, varied and elaborate roof structures.