Lombok Landmarks and Monuments

(Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia)

The various landmarks of Lombok are particularly plentiful around the Mataram region of the island, where the most striking of these structures include the Mayura Water Palace, the Pura Meru temple and the Pura Lingsar temple.

Close by and also around Mataram, further Lombok landmarks include the temples of Pura Surandi and Gunung Pengsong, while in Senggigi, the Pura Batu Bolong appears to be precariously perching on a rocky volcanic outcrop, overlooking the shoreline, and comprises a series of small pagodas. Of note, temple etiquette on Lombok and throughout Indonesia generally involves dressing quite conservatively and covering up bare flesh, such as legs and arms.

Mayura Water Palace

Address: Jalan Selaparang, Mataram, Lombok, Indonesia, ID
Located in Lombok's capital city of Mataram, the Mayura Water Palace dates back to the middle of the 18th century and once belonged to the royal court of the Balinese kingdom and the princes of Bali. This charming landmark remains in a very good state of repair and features a small artificial lake, which is popular with local fisherman and comes with its own floating pavilion (bale kambang). In 1894, this Mayura Water Palace was a site of major conflict between the Balinese and the Dutch.
Open hours: daily - 07:00 to 19:30
Admission: charge

Pura Meru

Address: Jalan Selaparang, Mataram, Lombok, Indonesia, ID
Situated alongside the Mayura Water Palace, the Pura Meru is a prominent temple and the biggest of its kind in the whole of Lombok. The Pura Meru was completed in 1720 at the request of a wealthy Balinese prince, who wanted to improve relations between Bali and Lombok. Dedicated to the Hindu gods of Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu, the Pura Meru temple has a spacious outdoor courtyard, where large ceremonies are often staged, including the full moon celebrations in June. Inside, the inner court features more than 30 different shrines and plenty of lavish decor to go around.
Open hours: daily - 08:00 to 17:00
Admission: free, donations suggested

Pura Lingsar

Address: Near Mataram, Lombok, Indonesia, ID
The Pura Lingsar is to be found on the very outskirts of Mataram, where it was built around 300 years ago. This vast temple is considered to be Lombok's holiest and combines the religions of both Wektu Telu and Bali Hindu. Designed in two individual sections and constructed on different levels, the Pura Lingsar features a small pond, with holy eels that can be fed with boiled eggs. To enter the actual temple, you will first need to rent a sash or sarong. Each year in the middle of December, the temple of Pura Lingsar plays host to a colourful procession, after which the Hindus and Wektus celebrate by throwing parcels of sticky rice at each other.
Open hours: daily - 07:00 to 18:00
Admission: free, donations suggested

Pura Surandi

Address: Near Mataram, Lombok, Indonesia, ID
Enjoying a scenic countryside setting, the Pura Surandi is an important holy temple, and known not only for its architecture, but for its beautiful landscaped gardens and natural spring. The gardens are well maintained and have restored baths with a number of rather elaborate Balinese sculptures, adding further interest. These pools are home to numerous holy eels, which are clearly visible wriggling around in the water.
Open hours: daily - 07:30 to 18:00
Admission: free, donations suggested

Pura Batu Bolong

Address: Senggigi, Lombok, Indonesia, ID
The Pura Batu Bolong is a fairly modest temple, situated in the Senggigi area of Lombok. Due to its coastal setting, it is not unusual to spot small crabs scurrying around amongst the statues. Holiday makers will also enjoy the beach below, as well as the distant views of the Gunung Agung mountain, on the neighbouring island of Bali.
Open hours: daily - 07:00 to 19:00
Admission: free, donations suggested

Gunung Pengsong

Address: Near Mataram, Lombok, Indonesia, ID
The Balinese temple enjoys a stunning hilltop location, with enviable panoramas of the surrounding rice fields, distant volcanoes and the Lombok strait. Most people choose to travel to the Gunung Pengsong temple under their own steam, since the public transport connections are a little lacking. To climb to the top of the temple will take approximately 15 minutes, during which time you will likely be joined by some inquisitive tame monkeys. Of interest, a group of Japanese soldiers hid in the Gunung Pengsong during much of the Second World War.
Open hours: daily - 07:00 to 18:00
Admission: free, donations suggested

Mount Rinjani (Gunung Rinjani)

Address: Gunung Rinjani National Park, Lombok, Indonesia, ID
An active volcano and one of Indonesia's tallest mountains, the Gunung Rinjani is the namesake of the Gunung Rinjani National Park and measures in at just over 3,700 metres / 12,140 feet in height. The Gunung Rinjani attracts lots of visitors throughout the year, although the best time to climb the mountain is between April to November, when the weather is quite reliable and guides are at their most available. Senggigi and the village of Senaru are particularly close to the base of the mountain.
Open hours: daily
Admission: free