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Duona Village’s Development

Duona was previously known as Tunzi, a name derived from its Japanese name. It is said that two hunters and their dog passed by Duona village while they were hunting. In earlier times, there was a swamp near the village, and every time the dog passed the swamp, it was unwilling to leave. The hunters returned to their hometown and when they came back to the village with the chief, they found that the area near the swamp, with its ample water supply and protection provided by the mountains, was a good place to live. After a series of discussion, the villagers decided to move to the site that is today’s village. They spread and expanded a second village, then a third, eventually forming the large village that is today’s Duona Village.

Slate slab houses

The early residents of Duona extracted a particular type of building material, black gray slate, from the Wenquan Stream. There are two types of slate, a mother and a father slate. Mother slate will wear down due to weather after a long period of time, while the father slate is darker, more solid, and heavier, allowing it to be used as the roof of a slate slab house or a bed.

The people of Duona work together to build the houses. Today, when a third generation slate slab house is built, the stone is first shaped using a stone-cutting machine and roof beams are raised to give them a modern impression. In some stone slab houses there are 100-step viper totems carved above the door or on the door posts, showing that it is the house of a chief or person of status.

The slate slab houses provide warm temperature in the winter and cool temperature in the summer. Until today, there are no reports of collapsing slate slab houses due to an earthquake or typhoon.

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In the village, please do not travel by car, it is advised that visitors tour on foot and not look inside people’s houses uninvited. Do not photograph decorations and traditional objects inside the houses without permission from owners. Do not remove slate slabs from inside the houses for souvenirs or for BBQ cooking stone.


Duo Na Li, Maolin Dist., Kaohsiung



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On National Highway 3, exit at Pingtung Jiuru interchange ─ Provincial Highway 3 to Ligang ─ Provincial Highway 22 to Gaoshu ─ Provincial Highway 27 in the Dajin direction ─ cross Dajin Bridge – Maolin District ─ take Kao 132 county road to Duona Village

  • Longitude/Latitude:120.71598/22.91088
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    Duona Village’s Stone Slab Houses
    4.2 4stars 25 reviews
    5stars 3 months ago

    Walking through the Dona tribe, a little sister from the tribe came to me, chatted with me lively and generously, followed me to visit the tribe and shared her familiar people and things... The construction of the slate house is full of the wisdom of the ancestors, and I really want to live and see if I have the opportunity.

    5stars 3 months ago

    After the reconstruction of Maolin Scenic Area after the typhoon, it has become easier to walk. Butterflies are flying around you, and you can chase and take pictures of the purple-spotted butterflies when you are surprised. The slate houses and totems of the Dona tribe can be seen everywhere. The tribal environment is full of flowers and trees. It is like an ordinary community. There are suspension bridges and a small Great Wall for people to experience.

    4stars a year ago

    The entire Dona is very aboriginal. Everyone in the wedding wears unique clothes that are unique to the aboriginals. The whole is very beautiful, and the slate house is just fine.

    5stars a year ago

    On a trip with my colleagues that time, I went to the slate house to drink a bowl of the famous lemon Aiyu ice to eat. I happened to meet the village for a banquet, and found that the amazing act was that the aboriginal marriage was the whole village wearing aboriginal traditional clothing. For the banquet, every family, regardless of whether it is boys, girls or children, including babies, is dressed up. It feels that the aborigines really value this wedding.

    ponpon pon
    4stars 2 years ago

    Great place to enjoy the scenery

    Last Update:2022-05-20

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