Duona Village’s Stone Slab Houses

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    Duona Village’s Stone Slab Houses

The Douna Slate Stone House Hub can be found in the Douna Village in Maolin District. It is a specialty of the Paiwan tribe, whose people built slate stone houses together using slate stones collected directly from the Wenquan River nearby. While the body of the house is usually built with slates of lighter shades, which are susceptible to corrosion by wind and rain, the floor and roof are usually made from heavier slates of darker shades, which are more resilient than light-colored slates. In addition, some slate stone houses feature Deinagkistrodon totems on the top or sides of the door, which signifies the owner’s social status, which is either a tribal chief or a highborn.

Visitors are recommended to spend 30 to 40 minutes here. Besides appreciating the unique slate stone houses, they can also walk to nearby tourist attractions, such as the house of the tribal chief and the Duona Elementary School. 

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Culture research

Travel Trips

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 City



Traffic Information

On National Freeway 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

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    Duona Village’s Stone Slab Houses
    4.2 4stars 27 reviews
    5stars a year ago

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

    5stars a year ago

    While walking in the Dona tribe, a little girl from the tribe came to me, chatted with me lively and generously, followed me around the tribe and shared her familiar people and things... The construction of the slate house is full of the wisdom of the ancestors. I really want to live in it if I have the chance.

    5stars 4 years ago

    The tribe with the best preserved slate houses has strong cultural and historical significance and is of great educational significance. It is a very suitable place for tribal tours and understanding of the customs of the aborigines.

    4stars 6 years ago

    The tribal streets are not very large, and you can see many stone houses with the unique style of the aborigines, but I forgot to take a photo of the highest stone house, which is said to be the leader's mansion, which is a pity...

    4stars 5 years ago

    The tribe of the Rukai tribe, a good scenic spot to experience

    Last Update:2023-10-25

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