Source: TN Global Travel News;
Mbaru Niang, the traditional house in the village of Wae Rebo on the island of Flores, East Nusatenggara province of Indonesia has received UNESCO’s top award – the Award of Excellence – among the 2012 Asia Pacific Heritage Awards announced in Bangkok, Thailand, on August 27, 2012.
“Mbaru Niang in Wae Rebo Village, Flores Island, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia, received an Award of Excellence. The community-led rebuilding project, initiated by the voluntary effort of Indonesia’s Rumah Asuh Foundation, is exceptional for the way that it successfully engaged with a broad range of conservation issues at the local level. Through the valorization of traditional knowledge in continuing architectural form and construction practices, the project has re-established sustainability of the local-built environment and has promoted the pride and spirit of the community,” explained the UNESCO press release.