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Stone House in Kungadavane

Infusing the Warmth of Time

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Infusing the Warmth of Time

Source:Tourism Bureau of the Kaohsiung City Government

Kungadavane Tribe is the final stop of the Maolin Scenic Area and also the very origin of local culture. Enter the tribe of Kungadavane and indulge yourself in the well-crafted stone houses, stone BBQ and rice cooked in bamboo tubes. The diverse characteristics of indigenous local life are great experience of five senses for visitors.

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Infusing the Warmth of Time

By Fei-Qian Wang
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The Kungadavane (多納部落) ancestors were skilled at acquiring local materials. They took the black-grey slate from the riverbed to build stone houses. Every piece of the slates embodies the traditional wisdom and culture of Kungadavane.

Image: Tourism Bureau of the Kaohsiung City Government

The stone houses built hundreds of years ago have not collapsed, enduring numerous typhoons and earthquakes. One of the factors to the houses’ sturdiness is that the predecessors knew how to categorize the slates, judging by their color, hardness and humidity. The darker, harder and drier slates are categorized as ‘male’ (公) slates; The lighter, less hard and wetter slates are categorized as ‘female’ (母) slates.

Image: Tourism Bureau of the Kaohsiung City Government

The robust ‘male’ slates are used on rooftop, floor and other stacking places in large area. On the other hand, the ‘female’ slates that are relatively frail and susceptible to humidity are used to replenish the wall. These rather fragile slates could serve as acting points and increase the force of fraction, stabilizing the overall structure of the house. The renowned Kungadavane stone house is also known as the ‘breathing house,’ where the air could circulate in the gaps of rocks, forming a pleasant living space that is cool in summer and warm in winter.

Image: Tourism Bureau of the Kaohsiung City Government

On the main streets one could find delicious slates BBQ and rice cooked in bamboo tubes. With a cup of freshly brewed coffee and stone house scenery, the stories of Kungadavane are told in the lively yet serene travel experience. Visiting the stone houses with a humble heart, respecting the existing life of local people is the best way to appreciate the beauty of Kungadavane.

Edited by Shawn Chou

This content is sponsored by Tourism Bureau of the Kaohsiung City Government.


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