Inaugurated in 1984 by His Royal Highness, Prince Charles of Wales, the National Parliament should be first on your list of places to see in Port Moresby. Inspired by the traditional sacred houses in the Maprik region of East Sepik province, the rocket-shaped roof pointing to the sky, gives the building a futuristic look.
The National Parliament Haus is an outstanding ode to the unrivalled heritage of Papua’s hundreds of tribes, a symbol of its enthralling customs celebrated since generations. Inside, the country’s most dazzling butterflies are on display, including the native Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing, which at 30cm wingspan, is the world’s largest. Huge Sepik masks flank the lobby. Plan to visit when parliament is not in session, when visits inside are allowed.
The National Parliament Haus is a modern reflexion of Papua New Guinea’s rich tribal heritage
The main building is built in Haus Tambaran style (“house of spirits” in Tok Pisin) with its A-frame and long design, while the cafeteria’s structure follows the Highlands look. With a superb facade, rich in mosaics depicting Papua New Guinean motifs, the complex is one of the most remarkable monuments in the city.
Guided tours are available. Be advised that photography inside is forbidden. For the best experience and outdoors photos, visit around 3 or 4PM when the sun is lighting the building, beautifully reflecting in the surrounding lake.