The concept of traditional houses as a resort is a popular one among tourists who plan to visit Indonesia. This is evidenced by the many traditional house styles hotels, resorts, and even restaurants adopt to deliver the feel of an authentic Indonesian experience. If you’ve been dealing with business in Indonesia and are interested in doing one of the country’s major industry—tourism—then you probably have considered the traditional vernacular houses. Here’s one of the most iconic houses still widely used in Indonesia up until now, the iconic Joglo.

What is a Joglo house?

Joglo house originated from Java. It is a traditional house referred to as “omah Joglo”—in which “omah” meant “house”. The word joggle itself refers to the uniquely shaped roof. In the ancient Javanese culture, the shape of the roof denotes the social and even the economic status of the residents.

The iconic roof

The Javanese traditional houses has several roof styles. Those styles are one of the main indicators that differentiate one style of house to another. The “Joglo” traditional house has the steepest roof of all other traditional Javanese house types, especially compared to Limasan house and Kampung House.

Joglo house and social status

It’s been mentioned before that the Joglo house denotes the socioeconomic standing of the residents. In the past, only nobles and families of aristocracy live in the Joglo house.

Relieving the ancient times through staying in the traditional style noble houses is an experience on its own.

Characteristic trivia

The iconic roof is traditionally used only in the proper dwelling place, or in the “omah”, as well as the “pendopo,” a Javanese for pavilion. The Javanese houses are built within the constraints of walls. This is especially true for higher-status Javanese as well as the nobility.  In traditional philosophy, the house is always faced towards the sea of the South.


Pendopo or pavilion

In the traditional house structure, the pavilion functions as the social and public domain of a Javanese household. The area is used to entertain guests as well as hold social events. On occasions, the  pavilion is used for ritual purposes as well. This is where performance arts such as Wayang are often conducted.

Joglo house resorts

Joglo house styles has been one of the most popular traditional Indonesian houses you can find as resorts. It is a reminiscence of the Javanese palace lives and the lives of “ningrat” or nobles.

Joglo-styled roof in modern use can also be seen at airports and buildings with large halls. You can consider booking your first Joglo house experience through sites like airbnb. Luxury resorts specialties are also available. Here are some of the options that can be found on the aforementioned site; Modern Keraton Joglo House in Canggu, Teak Wooden Bungalow, affordable Indonesian Joglo House.

Even though the origin of Joglo is Javanese, it’s also easy to find resorts with Joglo style houses in places like Bali. The Joglo house style may be a good option for your next investment in Indonesia, particularly for guest houses and resorts. The appeal of the authentic Indonesian is timeless.

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