Mallasoro village in Jeneponto is at the heart of the Bugis culture. In the past, there were three powerful kingdoms in Jeneponto, namely the Kingdom of Arungkeke, Binamu, and Bangkala.
The main nickname of Jeneponto people is bumi turatea (”people above”). They earned this privilege by their courage and ruse to resist and to oust the powerful kingdom of Gowa, Dutch colonization and Japanese occupation. Another nickname is negeri kuda (”horse country”) for their strong horse-culture that impregnate their daily life. Don’t be surprised to cross some horses bathing at sunset … the spot is overflown with local life.
Jeneponto experiences a very long dry season from April to November when the wind blows non-stop. As a result, despite large fertile soils, crops can be grown only during a short window of 3-4 months from December to March, watered by the wet monsoon. Facing these difficult conditions, during the dry season, Mallasoro residents are mostly seaweed farmers who diversify their activities from salt production.
Untouched by tourism, we encourage you to ride a bike or a SUP to go to meet people and consume their local products along the way … it will be much appreciated by Jeneponto people.