Traditional Village of Compang Ruteng

Getting There

Compang Ruteng is located three kilometers from Ruteng city.  From Kupang, there is a flight twice a week to Ruteng. You can also go by land access to Ruteng through Labuan Bajo, Ende and Maumere.  Everyday, there is a flight from Kupang to Maumere and Ende.  To Labuan Bajo, there is a flight everyday from Denpasar, and an inter-island motorboat from Sape, West Nusa Tenggara.

Getting Around

From Ruteng city center, you can take a bemo or a motor taxi to go to Compang Ruteng.  After that, you can walk.  The total Compang land area is about half a soccer field

To Do

You can go inside the traditional house, Rumah Gendang, to see its construction, wooden interior, and other main equipment such as a gong, dendang and shields for traditional dances.  When you first enter the house you will be received as an official guest and there will be a series of ritual ceremonies that you have to follow.  Local inhabitants can only speak in Manggarai and Indonesian languages.  It is necessary for you to take your interpreter if you can’t speak Indonesian and wish to enter the Rumah Gendang.

To Stay

Ruteng has wooden hotels like the Rima Hotel which has a restaurant, or other styles including the Losmen Agung, Hotel Sindha, and Hotel Dahlia.  These hotels are located in the city center, enabling you to see and explore other areas nearby.

To Eat

Hotels and inns in Ruteng generally have restaurants.  If you wish to find other restaurants, you can try Restoran Merlin on Bhayangkara Street (0385-22475) which serves various types of Chinese and Indonesian foods.  On the same street, you can also try the newly established Agape Cafe, which provides espresso, beer, and Western, Chinese and Indonesian cuisine.

To Buy

You cannot find any souvenir shops in Compang Ruteng.  If you want to buy local souvenirs, you can find many interesting objects in the shopping malls in Ruteng including many types of songket woven fabrics from Manggarai and other areas of Flores.  If you like to collect long daggers, you can find many at shop terraces near Motang Rua field.


If you want to see the interior parts of traditional house, Rumah Gendang, in Compang Ruteng you can pay Rp. 10.000 or 1 USD to its tennants or guards.

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