Balla Lompoa Museum, allIndonesiaDestinations.com – Balla Lompoa Museum is a reconstruction of the Gowa Kingdom Palace. Balla means house, while Lompoa means great or greatness.
The meaning of Balla Lompoa is either the house of the great or the house of greatness. This museum was built by the King of Gowa XXXI under his reign in 1936.
The museum is located in Sultan Hasanuddin Street No. 48 Sungguminasa, Somba Opu, the Regency of Gowa.
What to Find – Balla Lompoa Museum
The museum consists of two places. The first place is the 60 x 40 m main hall. Within the main hall you will see the king’s private room. After the king’s private room, you will see several royal halls and the size of each royal hall is 6 x 5 meter.
Then, the second place is a 40 x 4.5 meter terrace. This is the place where the kings used to welcome their guests who might be the prominent local community figures or the kings from the neighboring kingdoms. The terrace has so many windows as well and the size of each window is 0.5 x 0.5 meter.
Here in the museum you can see so many collections. The first collection is the traditional dagger called badik and other weapons such as swords and spears. Next, the second collection is jewellery and the precious stones.
Not only that, you will also see the pottery, the kettle and more utensils covered with or made of gold. Furthermore, the third collection is the VOC handguns complete with their round bullets, the canon and the yellow flag with the symbol of a cock.
This symbol represents the gallant personality of the Gowa Kingdom. Last but not the least, you will also see the picture of Syech Yusuf, a prominent and well-respected ulama among the people in the Gowa Kingdom and the handmade Al-Qur’an from the XVI Century along with the lineage of the kings. Credit images above: KurniawanAdhi Tripadvisor
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How to Get There – Balla Lompoa Museum
To get to the museum is quite easy. The museum is not far from the City of Makassar: 11 kilometers only. So it will only take about 30 minutes of driving by any means of transportation.
Then, the museum opens five days in a week with the following operational hours: 08:00-16:00 every Monday to Thursday and 08:00-11:00 every Friday. About the ticket charge you don’t need to worry at all because it is free of charge.
The best time to visit the museum is when there is a traditional ritual called Accera Kalompong. The ritual will always be held altogether with the Idul Adha celebration. In this ritual, the important royal treasures will be washed by using the sacred water under an Islamic procession.
The main part of the ritual is called Allangiri Kalompoang or the weighing of pure golden crown. The weighing of the crown resembles the fortune of the people. If the crown lose its weight, there will be misery in their life.
On the other hand, if the crown gain weight then there will be lots of luck and fortune in their life.
Reading the explanation above must be very interesting for you. However, visiting the museum and witnessing all of the magnificent collections must be more interesting.
So, the last decision is to visit the museum or not. Anyway, the Balla Lompoa Museum awaits you in another wonderful holiday trip. But if you love the beach see this Bira Cape