Javaneese Traditional House


Joglo is a traditional vernacular house of Javanese people. It consist of two parts; the pendopo and dalem. The pendopo is the front section of Joglo that have large roofed space with columns and without wall or partition. The dalem is the inner sections with walled enclosure and rooms such as bedroom and kitchen. Pendopo is used to receive guests, reception hall and living room, while the inner dalem are more private sections of the house. The term “Joglo” is often used to refer the distinctive type of Javanese roof with rising central part of roof supported by four or more main wooden columns (saka guru). The outer row of columns with rectangular plan created expansion spaces. The roof formed a pyramid-like structure with central part are taller and steeper. It is said that the roof of Joglo is constructed to mimic a mountain.

Social status

In a structured Javanese society and tradition, Joglo also reflect Javanese social status; this type of building is only reserved for palace (keraton), official residence, government estate, and the house of nobles (ningrat). Originally commoners are not allowed to construct this kind of house as their residence.

Types of Joglo

  1. Joglo Limasan Lawakan (atau “Joglo Lawakan”).
  2. Joglo Sinom
  3. Joglo Jompongan
  4. Joglo Pangrawit
  5. Joglo Mangkurat
  6. Joglo Hageng
  7. Joglo Semar Tinandhu


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