History of Obong of Calabar Palace Obong of Calabar Palace. This is the ceremonial powerhouse of Calabar and the home of the Obong (King) of Calabar. Security/Safety of Obong of Calabar Palace This is a very safe location. What To Bring Before heading to Obong of Calabar Palace, here are some helpful things to take along with you: Camera to capture the sights and take selfies with Best Features As the residence of the traditional head of Calabr, the palace receives many visitors daily. It features an office for the Obong where he receives visitors without ceremonies and to which he retires after a long council meeting, a large conference hall where the local traditional council and meetings hold and where large visiting groups and organizations are often received, a large comfortable state-of-the art reception hall, a secretariat, library, cafeteria and a large play ground where anniversaries and other celebrations are held.