Tadah Alas Traditional House of Banjar Tribe in South Kalimantan - Indonesia


The fact is that Banjar Regency owns various types of traditional houses. It is a good thing for tourists indeed. Those who come to Banjar can take pictures of those houses and learn the history as well. So, what are they? One of them is called Tadah Alas, which is the development of Balai Bini traditional house. One thing that makes it different is that Tadah Alas features another layer of “Perisai” roof on its canopy. This also explains why the house is called “Tadah Alas”! Aside from this unique feature, the house has other noticeable characteristics too. These include the rooms and design.

The Nuance
At a glance, Tadah Alas looks like a regular house. It even features a park in the yard with several plants. What about the construction? The house consists of several rooms including Pamedangan Kecil, Paluaran, Palidangan (located between two Anjungs), and Padapuran. Have no worries. Tourists are allowed to explore the house and visit all the rooms freely. When it comes to the roof, it features Jurai Roof that comes with an extra layer. In terms of appearance, it resembles Balai Bini House!

Exploring Tadah Alas Traditional House
Most tourists are attracted to Tadah Alas Traditional House due to the design. That means they would explore the house and take some pictures of it once they arrive at the site. In terms of appearance, the house has undergone several developments over time. In the past, it only features the rectangular shape and elongates from the front to back. There was also Gajah Roof on the front part of the house. Not to mention another layer covered such roof, looking like a shield.

What tourists can see these days is the developed version of Tadah Alas Traditional House, though. What is the difference? As mentioned before, it gets extra rooms on the sides. The locals call them “Anjung” and they are installed symmetrically. There is even another version which is called Baanjung Pisang Sasikat, featuring Sengkuap Roof that covers both the rooms. For tourists, though, it seems daunting to differentiate those houses. In this case, they need to hire a local guide. This person helps them to get better information and explanation regarding the house, for sure.

Photography and exploration become two common activities done by tourists once they arrive at the site. Therefore, visitors should not forget to carry a camera when heading to Banjar. Another consideration is that they must not litter on the site. It is important to take care of environment during a vacation, after all.

Nearby Attractions

  • Pengaron Lake
  • Simpang Empat Lake
  • Biru Lake
  • Matang Kaladan Hill
  • Sidodadi Pond
  • Caramin Lake
  • Pine Island
  • Batu Hapu Cave

How to Get There
For those coming from Jakarta City, they can take a plane in Soekarno-Hatta Airport and head to Samarinda first. Next, they need to take another flight and visit Banjar Regency (Syamsudin Nor Airport). The whole trip takes approximately 52 hours, as the distance is 1546 km. Thus, make sure to come with a good stamina before going.

Where to Stay

  • Novotel Hotel
  • Swiss-Belhotel
  • Rodhita Hotel
  • Grand Dafam Q Hotel
  • Shangrilla Hotel
  • Permata Hotel

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