Historically the village was led by the "Meantu’u" (king) and his house was called Kamali. This house was bigger than a usual Liya house and it also has a larger front yard, which surrounded by a stone fence. The front part of the house contained a traditional bamboo oor used as an area to receive guests. The kingdom of Liya was surrounded by three layers of forts. The rst layer had four "Lawa" (gates) the second nine and the third two gates. The gates of the rst two layers were secured by guards, which served as defense against sea pirates from the Banda Sea. The other two gates in the third layer were called Lawa Lingu and served as secret evacuation paths for the king and his government in state of emergency. The gates were rst built to complement the fort during the 12th regency (1730-1750) by King La Ode Ali. Besides its historical importance, the village itself is very attractive. During late afternoon, if you walk around the village you will see daily activities of the inhabitants, women spending their free time weaving on their terrace, while young people collect water from the spring and the children play soccer near the fort. If you come during Ramadhan season or after Idul Adha, make sure you also watch “Posepa’a”, a traditional battle performance and “Honari Mosega”, a traditional heroic dance performed by a group of men.
Cultural Heritage of Wangi-Wangi
The 30 meters lighthouse was built in 1901 during the Dutch colonial period. It is located in Waha village, Wangi-Wangi, about 8 kilometers from Wanci city, the capital district. You can visit it by motorcycle about 15 minutes from Wanci. From this place, you can enjoy the sunset and sunrise, a charm stretch of Waha beach, Waha residents’ villages, plantations and some resorts like Patuno Beach Resort.
In Wanci term, Tosore Ship means a sinking ship. The location is in Kumala village, South Wangi-Wangi district. This wreck is estimated had been there for hundreds years ago. To reach this place, you can use motorcycle about 15 minutes from Wanci city, the capital district. You can find some fossils of clams, corals, shellfish and other marine fossils in this area.
One of the locations where you can still experience the cultural heritage up close is the village of Liya Togo in the south of Wangi-Wangi Island. The inhabitants of this village have preserved traditional values and rituals over decades and have lived their daily lives accordingly ever since. The remains of historic architecture can be found until today and every year di erent cultural events are held at this location. Liya Togo is situated on a small hill not far from the sea about 15km from Wanci. Most inhabitants live in wooden stilt houses in simple conditions. According to the inhabitants those houses exist since the Kingdom of Liya and still look the same until today.
Liya Fortress is located in Liya Togo village with its beautiful seascape as well as a cluster of small islands which lies in front of this village. In the area of the fortress, there is the oldest mosque in Wanci city.
Tindoi Fortress is a fortress made from round rocks with two layers of defense in which it has two secret doors in the north with the opened door and parts of stone forming a hill.
Tonga Mandati fortress is located in Mandati village, South Wangi-Wangi district. The highest fence of this fortress is around 7 meters located in the west and south. At the palisades, there are holes for cannon storage. On the east side, there is the old cemetery and in the north, there is the tomb of the Netherlands. This fortress is about 7 kilometers from Wanci and can be reached by motorcycle, continued by walking about 1 kilometer.