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Poor animals

Passing this market under high sun, I remind myself on the similar markets in Europe, because... read more

Reviewed 29 April 2018
Olga V
Zagreb, Croatia

It’s a must see when in Rantepao. The market price for kerbau is sometimes mindstaggering. It shows... read more

Reviewed 4 April 2018
Paul C
Kontich, Belgium
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Rantepao, Indonesia
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 24 February 2014

if you're in Toraja land and in Rantepao your guide and if not ask him or her.. will probably bring you for a tour on the Rantepao live stock market , they sell pigs, buffalo, chickens and cocks( although cockfighting is not legal, you can...More

2  Thank Viajoeolesja
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 22 May 2017

If you haven't been here, it's worthwhile coming as you can see how the locals trade the most important animal in their culture, water buffaloes. Buffaloes are mostly raised to be sacrificed (slaughtered) during traditional funeral ceremonies as they are believed to help carry the...More

1  Thank GabyVM
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

great trip, something that you dont see every day, friendly people, no problem for taking pictures only very sad how some animals are treated... however it s they’re tradition.

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Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

We visited in the morning, to bad is was raining. We were with a guide but you can also go by yourself. It was nice to walk around and see all the animals, part of toraja culture. Further there is a market for fruit, veggies...More

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Reviewed 29 July 2018 via mobile

It Is interesting if you want to understand more about Toraja culture and Way of thinking. Why they trade the water buffalos and other animals you will have answers there.

Thank Vlado Z
Reviewed 14 May 2018 via mobile

in bolu there are many buffaloes wich able to sac rifices at the fune ral of ceremony.the seller and the buyer meet in bolu to make a bargain and deal..u can see many kind of buffaloes in bolu.

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Reviewed 29 April 2018

Passing this market under high sun, I remind myself on the similar markets in Europe, because only different was kind of animal: water buffalo. Other things were same: tired people, poor animals, hot and wet weather and waiting for traders. But, animals are so beautiful,...More

1  Thank Olga V
Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

It’s a must see when in Rantepao. The market price for kerbau is sometimes mindstaggering. It shows how important the rambu solo ceremony is to Torajans.

1  Thank Paul C
Reviewed 11 November 2017

If you plan to visit, Tuesday and Saturday is a better day as it's the market day, more activity of people buying and selling livestock. There are many bulls on sale and many pigs on sale. We can walk inside and around the bulls and...More

2  Thank Mama2010
Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

How can you come to Rantepao and not visit the pasar bolu. Impressive and unique. You don't have to buy a kerbau. Just enjoy this place.

Thank Paul C
Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

Fascinated by the amount of buffalos being sold here. Not to be shock, some selling price is even expensive than buying a car back in my country! However, come prepare as the smell is unpleasant and lots of dunks. We also get to see like...More

Thank Elton H
Reviewed 26 July 2017 via mobile

Worth a look 20,000 to enter. Lots of buffaloes for sale in varying sizes. Pigs are sold strapped onto bamboo boards and piglets are just tied up in sacks. Looks cruel from western eyes. Cockrels are also sold for fights. Interesting to see but sometimes...More

Thank Eleanor108
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