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Places of interest in Lampung

|Bandar Lampung |Gisting |Krakatau |Lake Jepara |Lake Ranau |Lampung Bay |Merak Belantung Beach |Museum of Lampung |Padasukaria Park |Pugung Archaeological Site |Ratai Bay |Sebuku Island Marine Park |Tegal Island |Way Kambas Nature Reserve |Way Kanan River



Lampung is strategically located and easily accessible, particularly from Jakarta. Bandar Lampung, its capital, was formerly three separate towns, Tanjungkarang, Telukbetung and Panjang. In the course of development these towns have spread out to one another to become one single city, covering an area of 19,221 sq. km. Lampung has its own traditions and highly valued handicrafts such as their textiles which are interwoven with gold threads, called 'tapis'.

 

Sumatran elephants, tigers and hundreds of species of birds can be seen at the Way Kambas Nature Reserve. Rafflesia, the biggest flower in the world, can be seen when it is blooming at Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park, on the southern coastline of Sumatra. The province has a great potential in agriculture, however, its population is small.

 

Agriculture provides the main income to its population, from farming, fishing and plantations. Clove, coffee and coconut grow extensively along the southern coast. While on the eastern part and hinterland they cultivate pepper, coffee, cassava, cocoa and rice. The tobacco growing area is around Lake Ranau in the north.

 

It is known that Lampung has been inhabited since prehistoric times. This has been proven by the discovery of relics in the form of megalithic sculptures at Kebontebu, Kenali, Pugung and Batubedil. There are historical remains showing that it was under the country's greatest maritime empire Sriwijaya.

 

The stone inscriptions of 'Palas Pasemah' and 'Batubedil' in southern Lampung are among the relics of this Empire of the 7th century.

 

The influence of Islam is seen from the 'Tambra Prasasti' inscription containing a contract of merchandise supplies between the Kingdoms of Banten and Lampung. Prior to Islam, the inhabitants of Lampung practiced a syncretic Buddhist-Hindu cult.


 

 

Bandar Lampung

The capital of Lampung has several interesting places such as the Museum and the Monument of the Krakatau Eruption. Worthwhile seeing is the weaving process of Tapis cloth, art and dance performances.

Gisting

Located at the foot of Mount Tanggamus, Gisting is well known as the 'village of a thousand springs'.

Krakatau

An uninhabited island volcano, Krakatoa is located near the southern end of Lampung Bay. Krakatoa is three hours away by boat from Canti, a fishing village near Kalianda, South Lampung. It is surrounded by four small islands. One of them, called Anak Krakatau (Child of Krakatoa), has grown higher every year and is active. Anak Krakatau emerged from the bottom of the sea between three other islands by early 1928 (45 years after Krakatoa's 1883 formidable eruption).

Lake Jepara

Surrounded by dense jungle and crocodile-infested banks, this lake, located in Central Lampung, is a popular recreation site.

Lake Ranau

Located near this lake is a complex of megaliths inside a sugar cane plantation. Lake Ranau is 170 km from Kotabumi, in North Lampung.

Lampung Bay

The shores of this bay were once devastated by a 24 meter high tidal wave when the island volcano Krakatau erupted in 1883. Today there are few scars to be seen and environment is peaceful and charming.

Merak Belantung Beach

Located 50 km south of Bandar Lampung on the way to the seaport of Bakauheni. The beach is ideal for swimming, wind surfing and other sports. Cottages and restaraurants are available. There is also a camping ground.

Museum of Lampung

Located at Teuku Umar Street, it can be reached within 15 minutes from the centre of Bandar Lampung. It contains ethnographic and archaeological collections, Chinese ceramics, traditional music instruments, ancient Tapis cloth and ornaments.

Padasukaria Park

This recreation park equipped with swimming pools, camping grounds and cottages, is located on Lempasing Beach, near Bandar Lampung.

Pugung Archaeological Site

Located in Pugungharjo village, 90 km from Bandar Lampung, it is a site of megalithic and prehistoric relics as well as of the classical Hindu Buddhist period. There are primitive trenched fortresses which almost surround its site. Stone inscriptions, ancient Chinese porcelains, Polynesian statues and the statue of Bodhisatwa are at the museum.

Ratai Bay

On the western side of Lampung Bay, this area is suitable for diving, skin diving and fishing. The waters here are clear and calm.

Sebuku Island Marine Park

Located in the eastern waters of Lampung Bay, this is a great place for visitors to explore the clear waters, especially along the island's eastern coast.

Way Kambas Nature Reserve

Way Kambas is a 2-hour drive from Bandar Lampung, on Lampung's East coast. A 130,000 hectares reserve, it is the best place to watch wild Sumatran elephants, tigers and many species of birds. Motorboats can be hired at Way Kanan for cruising around and up the river. Way Kambas Elephant Training is an international project, partly funded by the World Wildlife Fund. Tourist facilities are available such as lodges, wooden houses on poles, river boats and an observation centre.

Way Kanan River

Here we can sail along Way Kanan and Way Kambas by canoe or boat to watch the surrounding flora and fauna while in the mouth of Way Kambas, it's good for fishing and swimming. In the morning, we can safari for 2 hours through the prepared track and listen to wild animals roaring and birds singing.

Tegal Island

This is a holiday resort island located in Lampung Bay, catering to both domestic and international tourists. The surrounding waters are clear and ideal for water sports and diving.


Shopping

Hand-woven 'Tapis' cloth, embroidered garments, seashell and coconut handicrafts.

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