Lembar, Lombok, Indonesia
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Approximately 5½ Hours
Your Mataram city tour starts with a visit to Lingsar, a large temple complex built in 1714. This is the most important temple on the island for the Balinese and for the local Sasak people who adhere to Wetu Telu Islam. Not to be outdone, the Hindu temple lies in the northern section and is taller than the Wetu Telu temple. Its fountain contains fish that are believed to appear only when a person’s wish is going to be granted. Lombok is renowned for its pearls, so you will visit the pearl shops in the center of Mataram. You’ll also stop at the Sesela Art Market. Lombok’s potters are excellent craftsmen, and Lombok is also famous for its baskets, finely woven from strips of rattan, banana leaves and other vegetable fibers, and as well as woodcarvings. Finally, you’ll visit the Nusa Tenggara Barat Museum to see its cloth collection, Kris knives and a small Dongson drum. Most of the displays have captions in English. Don’t miss the display of mystical paraphernalia, including multipurpose amulets used to acquire supernatural force, immunity from weapons or to foretell the future. Your immediate future holds a motor coach ride back to the pier.
Wear comfortable walking shoes and light clothing; bring a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent.