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A joglo that was once the house of a village chief in Pati, Central Java stands at the entrance. Its tumpang sari, the elaborately carved and layered ceiling, is a sight to behold. The floor is terracotta tiles that came from an old Dutch colonial era house in Surabaya. 

A set of gamelan (indigenous orchestra) that was played at karapan sapi (bull race) events on the island of Madura becomes the centerpiece.
The only wall is covered with carvings from traditional houses of Bawean, a small island between Java and Borneo. A massive cupboard made from one piece of teak that belonged to a wealthy merchant in Semarang sits under the carvings. The large teak desk is commonly known as lurah (village chief) table in Central Java.
Across the courtyard to the east is an antique gebyok, a carved Javanese traditional door set. The large cow-drawn wagon at the courtyard is called cikar, while the smaller horse-drawn one is called dokar. 

On the north side of the joglo stands an ironwood totem pole of the Dayak tribe from Borneo. Around the joglo, pathways are composed of cornmill stones made of volcanic rocks from Mount Semeru in East Java.

Balinese angkul-angkul (house gate) greets visitors to each villa. Its solid teak door is intricately carved as are all the doors of the villas. High quality traditional Balinese paintings decorate the villas, as well as antique woven fabrics, and other wood carvings from various regions in Indonesia.


Ubud Diary

‘The Art of Living’

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