East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) has never lost its charm. Its natural and cultural wealth is not inferior to the island of Bali. One of the cities in NTT that has succeeded in attracting the attention of the wider community is Atambua.
At first glance, Atambua is not much different from other cities in NTT. Behind its simplicity, there is an attractive and unique charm. This small town is located in Belu Regency, Timor Island, NTT. Here, IDN Times summarizes some interesting facts about the capital city of Belu Regency!
1. The terrible meaning of the word “Atambua”.
The word “Atambua” means “place of the Buddha or servant and suanggi”. It is said that this city is a place where slaves have been bought. The slaves were then taken to the north coast, which is now known as Atapupu Harbor. The port is 48 kilometers from Atambua City.
2. The unique Belu tribe.
The Belu tribe has a relatively complex lineage. This uniqueness causes this tribe to maintain its noble values. The Belu community consists of several tribes and has its own social strata.
3. Most of the population adheres to the Catholic religion.
If you stop by Atambua, don’t be surprised if you will find the church easily. This is because the majority of Atambua’s population is Catholic.
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4. The dominance of motorcycle users on city streets.
Don’t be surprised if later you meet more motorbikes when visiting Atambua. Not only that, the profession as a motorcycle taxi driver is often carried out by women. Various other public transportation seems to be displaced by the presence of motorcycle taxis in Atambua.
5. A must-try corn bose dish.
It’s not complete if you visit Atambua without trying its special food. One of the traditional Atambua foods is bose corn. This dish is a blend of corn and kidney beans cooked until soft in coconut milk and salt.
6. Panorama of Octopus Bay that should not be missed.
Not inferior to tourist destinations in other cities, Atambua has a beautiful paradise that must be visited. Octopus Bay is located in Dualaus Village, Kakuluk Mesak District. On vacation to Atambua, don’t forget to stop by the Octopus Bay with this clean and clear water!
Some of the interesting facts above are the main attraction for tourists who want to vacation in Atambua. So you want to stop by there, right?
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