When most of the people of Indonesia do not know what it is Mbaru Niang, UNESCO Asia-Pacific recently awarded the highest honor the cultural heritage conservation category in 2012 to a traditional cone-shaped.
Mbaru Niang is the traditional home of Flores now only remains in the village of Wae Rebo, Manggarai. Not many people know what it is Mbaru Niang.
Let alone people outside of Flores, the Fores itself many do not know where Wae Rebo.
Traditional houses cone is able to accommodate 6-7 families, and has been passed down through generations of ancestors of people now aged 18 Flores generation.
Consists of five levels with their respective functions. In addition to functioning as a residence, Mbaru Niang also serves as a place to store food reserves and offerings to the ancestors Wae Rebo.
Tim Curtis, the chairman of the jury of the UNESCO Bangkok said, "the highest award given to Mbaru Niang having been able to represent the architectural conservation, while knowledge of the traditions and intangible heritage to be methods in preserving the architectural heritage".
Mbaru Niang conical, circular, and centered in the middle is believed to symbolize brotherhood that had broken in Wae Rebo with their fathers as its center. In fact, it does not forget the people Wae Rebo ancestors as embodied in the phrase "Neka hemong kuni Aug kalo", which means "do not forget the homeland"