Toraja Expo in Jakarta

10 May 2013 - 12 May 2013

The mystifying beauty of Tana Toraja in South Sulawesi and all the wonders that lie within are going to be exposed in the first ever Toraja Expo, scheduled to take place from 10th to 12th May 2013 at the Jakarta International Exhibition Center, Jakarta.


Presented by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, the event will showcase various fascinating cultural attractions and traditional art performances of the Toraja ethnic group. The event will also highlight the legendary Torajan Coffee which has made worldwide reputation for centuries. Visitors will also be indulged with a wide range of selection of Toraja’s finest handicrafts and souvenirs.


“Discovered” and opened to the world from their long isolation only since the beginning of the last century, the Toraja today still adhere to their age-old beliefs, rituals and traditions, although many of her people are modernized or have embraced Christianity.  Toraja is most well known for its elaborate funeral ceremonies that can take days and involve entire villages. These are not only moments for mourning but are moreover events to renew family ties and to ensure continued unity among villages and communities. One of the best sites to observe these unique traditional ways of life is at the Ke’te Kesu Village.


The most iconic feature of Torajan culture obviously is the amazing cave cemeteries. On the walls of a steep hill, coffins are laid in  cracks in the rocky face. Lifelike wooden sculptures or effigies complete with clothes stand in neat rows in hollowed out cliff faces, very much like windows and balconies of a house,  representing the deceased who are buried within the rock. Among others, these unique rock cemeteries can be found at Londa