Papua is the commn name that refers to the western half of the Island of New Guinea (Indonesian New Guinea). The province of West Papua, also known as West Irian Jaya, covers the bird’s head of Papua, a large peninsula on Indonesian New Guinea’s far northwest corner, and the small islands that surround it. Geographic boundaries of this province are the Pacific Ocean in the north; Seram Sea in the west; Banda Sea in the south; and Papua province in the east.
The Papua region has been visited by global traders since the beginning of the 7th century. European nations kept a presence in the region in the 16th century in the pursuit of various spices.
The entry point into this province is via Rendani Airport situated in the provincial capital city, Manokwari, to travel throughout West Papua.
Batavia Air and Merpati Air serve daily flights to and from Manokwari via Makassar. Cab services are available in the airport.
People & Culture
The traditional houses of Papua are unique. In Papua, the traditional house, or Honai, is rounded with a coarse grass roof and wooden walls without windows. Traditional musical instruments of Papua are the atowo, tifa and fu.
Papeda is the most famous dish in Papua. It′s glue-like in appearance, like a porridge, and best consumed when hot. Instead of chewing it, you should just swallow. Prepare cold water around you to cool down if it feels too hot.
Made from sago pam tree, it takes quite some time to prepare the raw material. One needs to chop down the tree first, then divide it in two. Collect the inside material of the tree and then process it for papeda.
Jl Merdeka 13, Manokwari, Papua Barat
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