The impressive Parliament Haus was officially opened in 1984 with Prince Charles on hand. The main building in the style of a Maprik (or Sepik-style) haus tambaran, while the attached, circular cafeteria building follows Highland design principles. The façade is quite stunning, with a mosaic featuring unmistakably PNG motifs.
The cavernous lobby is entered through doors whose handles are stylised kundu drums (an hourglass-shaped drum with lizard skin). Inside, a towering wood carving represents the four regions of PNG, while several glass displays showcase the nation’s wondrous insect life including the native Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing (the world’s largest with a 30cm wingspan).
Photography inside Parliament Haus is forbidden. There’s often a guide on hand to explain the building’s design and interior elements.
It’s possible to visit the chamber and witness parliament when it’s sitting. A taxi from Boroko costs about K25 or K30 from Town.
Location: Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Address: Independence Dr, Waigani
Phone: +675 327 7377
Price: Free Admission
Opening Hours: 8am-noon & 1-3pm Mon-Fri