A humble place to be so-called a palace, Balla Lompoa is the perfect name for this building, that means big house. It's truly reflected the wisdom of the king and its people.
Gowa is now a regency in South Sulawesi, and the palace complex is located around 15 kms from Makassar, in Sungguminasa.
|The banquet hall|
On the entrance stair, the roof was made so low it forces people to bow before they enter the Balla Lompoa. This is a message that we must put ourself lower than others, and put a high respect to them.
Built relatively new circa 1930 using entirely ironwood after the old one was destroyed by Dutch -VOC, Balla Lompoa was renovated in 1980 and turned into museum, displaying the remnants of the palace. And what caught my sight? The glittery gilded and golden treasure, of course!
|Illuminated and hand-written Koran, circa XIV AD|
|Salokoa ( crown)|