MUSEUM NEGERI NUSA TENGGARA BARAT
This dusty museum : has exhibits on the geology, history and culture of Lombok and Sumbawa. There's an interesting collection of prehistoric pottery, massive bronze kettledrums and a captivating assortment of kris (traditional daggers) and songket (silver- or gold-threaded cloth). For an extra 40,000Rp, check out gold swords and jewellery that once belonged to Sumbawan sultans and Javanese kings.
MAYU8A WATER PALACE
Built Ln 1744, this paiace : includes the former king's family temple, a pilgrimage site'for Lombok's Hindus on 24 December. In 1894 it was the site of bloody battles between the Dutch and Balinese. Unfortunately, it has become a neglected public park with a polluted artificial lake.
Opposite the water palace, Pura Mem :is the largest and second most important Hindu temple on Lombok. Built in 1720 by Balinese prince Anak Agung Made Karang, it's dedicated to the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.
Wooden drums call believers to ceremonies (the June full moon is the most important, but the grounds are also packed on Christmas Eve) in the outer courtyard. The inner court has 33 small shrines and three thatched, teak-wood meru (multitiered shrines). The central meru, with 11 tiers, is Shiva's house; the meru to the north, with nine tiers, is Vishnu's; and the seven-tiered mem to the south is Brahma's. The merit also represent the three sacred mountains, Rinjani, Agung and Bromo, and the mythical Mount Meru.
The caretaker will lend you a sash and sarong if you need one.
It's not the grandest, but Pura Batu Bolong is Lombok's sweetest Hindu temple. Join an ever-welcoming Balinese community as they leave offerings at the 14 altars and pagodas that tumble down a rocky volcanic outcropping into the foaming sea about 2km south of central Senggigi. The rock underneath the temple has a natural hole, hence the name (batu belong literally means 'rock with hole'). The temple, orientated towards Gunung Agung, is a perfect sunset spot.
Meander through the aromatic waterfront market (Jl Pasar) with the requisite fruit pyramids and an astonishing fish section including giant tuna and sharks. The adjacent ikat market (cnrJI Pabean & Jl Pasar) sells hand-woven tapestries from across Flores and Sumba.
History buffs can visit Sukarno's house of exile, now Musium Bung Karno (Jl Perwira; admission by donation; 7am-noon Mon-Sat). Most of the original period furnishings remain. This is where the beloved revolutionary penned the Frankenstein knock-off, Doctor Satan. Thank God for his day job.
The Musium Bahari (Maritime Museum; Jl Hatta; admission l0.000Rp; S 7am-8pm) has a large collection of seashells but little else. Next door, the Musium Human Adat (admission 10,000Rp; tYi 8am-2pm Mon-Sat) is a large, traditional house with a stylised village compound in front of it that has a tubu musu (sacrificial stone altar).
Wolotopo, approximately 8km east of Ende, has traditional houses built on several levels, and stunning sea views. Bemos run from Ende about twice a day. Otherwise, it's a 45-minute walk from Wolowana along the Nanga Nesa black-sand beach.
Northeast of Ende the road rises along a ridge opposite misty, jagged jungled peaks, overlooking a roaring river and gushing with ribbons of waterfalls in the wet season. Throw in the jade rice terraces and you have some of Flores' most jaw-dropping scenery. Yes, it's a beautiful drive to Kelimutu.
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