Melekeok Bai

Architecture in Babeldaob

Image by Melekeok Bai, Babeldaob Island, Palau, by Jean-Bernard Carillet Lonely Planet

This elegant bai (men's meeting house) stands in superb isolation up a hill in Melekeok. From the Melekeok State Office, where you'll pay the entrance fee, a stone path leads to the bai in about 15 minutes. This well-proportioned structure is elaborately ornamented with traditional designs and colours. The east gable sports the legendary figure of dilukái, the symbol of fertility, as well as animal and marine-life motifs. The rooster is said to represent an industrious individual, who rises early.