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'Palace' may me be too grand a title for the house, but no doubt it is the most attractive colonial building in Ba'a. Moreover it is well maintained and so is its garden.
We paid a courtesy visit to the residing descendant of the raja family, mr Johan Wilson Kedoh, born November 4th, 1939. His father Joel Simon Kedoh was the last reigning raja; after Indonesia's independence the raja's of Rote do not have political power any more.
Updated Oct 1, 2010
Rote Ndao Regency was established as recently as June 2nd, 2002. Which explains why the government office building is brand new. The roof, shaped like the traditional Rote hat ti'i langga, makes the building a landmark.
Updated Dec 15, 2009
Formerly Rote was divided in 18 regions each with its own raja. The palace of raja Ti'i is located in Rote Barat Daya, on the road to Nemberala. As is clear from the picture it is a traditional building.
When we wanted to visit, two young boys handed us a guest book on which was written the entrance fee of Rp 50,000 per person. But... rather clumsily a figure '1' had been added in front of the '5', making the fee an unbelievable Rp 150,000. We did not want to indulge that scam, which explains we have no pictures of the palace's interior!
Updated Dec 13, 2009
Address: Oebafok, Rote Barat Daya district
The Dutch Cemetery at Ba'a is an even sorrier sight than the one in Kupang. Full of litter and pigs roaming between the tombstones. Perhaps a descendant of those buried here could visit and push for better maintenance? Here are a few names:
mr Jacob Valk, deceased in 1936
mrs M.N. Velberg, deceased in 1921
mrs E.M. Haning-Saubaki, deceased in 1928
Written Dec 12, 2009
The Rotinese adopted early the religion of their Dutch colonizers, which is one reason why many of them now belong to the elite of Nusa Tenggara Timur province. The oldest church building still standing in Ba'a dates from 1880 and is similar in style to the one in Kupang. Like the latter the church in Ba'a became too small for the growing GMIT congregation, and the same solution was adopted: an awning in front of the main entrance. Unfortunately the list of ministers since 1860 is not easily readable any more.
Updated Dec 12, 2009
Address: The church is located on St.Christoforus Street.
Rumah Raja ROTE or ROTE King house is one of fascinating architecture at Pulau Rote, it was designed with European architecture, an old house with a quite different than any other houses on the island and was built since the Dutch colonize in Indonesia in the early of 19th Century
Updated Aug 30, 2009
Address: RUMAH RAJA ROTE at BA'A
As you go out from BA'A seaport, a street market was an interesting view where you could see local peoples do their routine buying and selling activities for the daily needs such as vegetables, spices, fruits, fish,.... etc etc which were offers by the seller who stranded along the edge of the Jalan(street) Pabean
Written Aug 30, 2009
Address: Jalan Pabean BA'A
BA'A was one of Pulau Rote Ndao Entrance Gate, a speedy jet foil come from Kupang Tenau sea port in the morning at about 11.00 am and go from BA'A harbor in the afternoon at about 01.00 pm once in an every single day, but there were also schooners come and go from the island nearby like Ndao island and Savu island.
Down from the speed boat where we could see a scenery of many small fishing boats floating on the sea, then white sandy beach along the shore line and the green rocky hills stretching from west end point to the east end point of Pulau Rote
Written Aug 21, 2009
Address: BA'A harbor at Pulau Rote Ndao
One of an attractive tourist spot at Pulau Rote-Ndao is a small town of BA'A, the beach just close to the seaport and one could see the daily activities of the people along Jalan Pabean, where we could see a pedestrian market. Ba'a was also the capital small town of Pulau Rote Ndao District with the governmental district offices located at the up hill parts, about 5 km from the seaport.
Updated Aug 1, 2009
Address: Ba'a town hills, Pulau Rote Ndao
BA'A beach was the beach near BA'A seaport, a gateway to Pulau Rote-Ndao, a sandy beach with a green Palm trees and one could find Pasar Ba'a at the town main road
Updated Aug 1, 2009
Address: Ba'a beach at Ba'a town, Pulau Rote-Ndao