Papua New Guinea has a rich culture and diversity from the mountains to the islands.
There are various types of PNG artefacts from necklaces and jewellery to cravings and masks.
They can be bought anywhere for yourself or as a gift to take back home, however if you are travelling via Australia or New Zealand, you have to make sure to fumigate the artefacts, as those countries are very strict in bringing wooden artefacts. Fumigation will take at least 24 hours and can be done at local “Pest Control”
Beetle nut or locally called Buai is a nut from a areca palm tree that is chewed by many people in Papua New Guinea. It was originally used as a special gift during a ceremony in many lowlands area. However its use has widely spread to Highlands area in recent years.
National Capital District (Port Moresby) has banned the sale of Beetle nut as of November 2013 for beautification & hygiene purpose. You will still see many people with mouth full of beetle nut & red in colour.
Bird of Paradise is a National Bird of Papua New Guinea. Papua New Guineahas 33 species of Bird of Paradise of the 43 known species in the world. The most famous one is “Raggiana Bird of Paradise” and it is used for National Government symbol, National Flag, many Provincial flags, and Air Niugini.
All 33 species are protected national animal and may only be hunted by traditional weapons for the tribal use only (i.e. decoration for the dance), and cannot be sold commercially.
Commercial Firms: Monday to Friday – 8.00am – 4:30 or 5.00pm
Banks: Monday to Thursday – 9.00am – 3:00pm, Friday 9:00am-4.00pm
Government: Monday to Friday – 7.45am – 4.06pm
Lowlands & Islands – Warm to hot and humid throughout the year. Highlands ? Warm in the day time and Cool to Cold in the night. There is a rainy season, which varies from province to province. Sunshine is very strong and Sunscreen is a must for countrywide.
Have you ever tired PNG coffee?Well you have to! We have the finest coffee in the world no doubt, all naturally grown without the use of chemical. They are sold in shops, airport etc., but Best advice is to purchase them in Goroka – Coffee Capital of Papua New Guinea – if you have a chance to visit there.
Pick up a packet and make some fine coffee or take some back home for friends or family.