Monday, January 17, 2011

Weekly Travel Photo

Batak Toba House, Sumatera, Indonesia

Batak Toba is one of the Batak tribes found in Indonesia, mainly in North Sumatera. They are concentrated around Lake Toba, the world's largest caldera lake. In Batak languange, they call this house as Jabu. It is often built elevated from ground level with the wooden pillars resting on a flat stones to avoid flooding and dampness. The roof is in boat shape and sharply projected. Only 3 colours will be painted on the intricate carving at exterior of the house, red, black and white, which respectively represent the 3 spheres of the cosmos; the human world, the underworld and the world of good spirits above.


Bay said...

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Ola said...

very unique architecture!