A compang is a stone altar usually found in the yards of traditional
homes in the Manggarai community. The Compang is the center of
traditional ceremonies such as penti, a ceremony to thank God for the
harvests. Buffalo and cows are tied to this Compang to be subsequently
Compang Ruteng is located in the center of Ruteng
Pu’u village in Golo Dukal sub-district, Manggarai, Flores, East Nusa
Tenggara (NTT). This Compang is made of stones, and the yards
surrounding it are higher than the local homes. Long ago, a Beringin
tree (Ficus Benjamina), locally known as a Ruteng, grew in the middle of
this Compang. That tree no longer exists but there is now a Dadap
tree. To the east, the Compang has two local traditional tall houses
with sharp roofs.
Based on local legend, Compang Ruteng and its
yards were built by fairies which allows the stone alter to never be
broken or eroded.
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
Tips 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.