Dragon of Baubau – The Quirkyness of Buton

Submitted by mumunmumun on 19 December 2012   •  Destination

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Down at the coast of Baubau, one can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee while staring at the waters of Kamali beach. Located not far from the port, this beach has no sand but is a so-called reclamation area made into a park. Pleasant, no less. The park comes to life during the afternoon with stalls of food and beverages opening up, locals strolling around the area, children laughing about, wooden boats decorating the sea, and the awaking dragon. Wait! Wha???

dragon of baubau

Yep! A giant dragon stands tall, smacked in the middle of Baubau’s iconic hangout spot. This is where Baubau shows another side of it; weird! I mean, it’s no national symbol but surely it’s an ice breaker between visitors and locals. There are little assumptions that can be done to what this dragon means.  You defintiely have to ask somebody about this!

By the looks of it, the dragon was made recently but the history goes way back hundreds of years ago. Not truly sure about it though, but it is said that Baubau has some connection with the Chinese kingdom and the dragon is a symbol of it. As simple as that.

dragon of baubau

The dragon truly comes alive with its red eyes that are ‘on’ dawn till dusk. It sure adds the sparks to the afternoon.

The head alone is no biggy. It’s just another sculpture in town. But what’s more head-scratching is that this is only one part of a  dragon. With an extended day in Baubau, I  managed to see the tail of the dragon built in front of the mayor’s office up on the hills. I’m sure the mayor loves his view 😛

dragon of baubau

Unfortunately I didn’t see it’s tummy that is said to come up somewhere between this head and tail. Oh how I feel incomplete!

I really I appreciate this off unique work of art for both good and bad. The ikh part is that this dragon really looks artificial with no traditional art embedded within it. Hence, my first assumption was that the developer of the park must have some shio-feng shui related philosophy behind it. It’s like any other recent dragon in the world with really small arms. However, I raise my hat to the fact that it was made in to three parts and spread through the city. Like, who does that? And I’m still having mixed feelings about its red eye that lights up each dawn till dusk. Whatever feeling I have towards it, I’d have to say, it definitely is something to talk about in Baubau 😀


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