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Palace in Sumenep

Kraton

Occupied by the present bupati (regent) of Sumenep, the grand kraton and its Taman Sari date back to 1750. The bathing pools once used by the royal women are still here, though they’re no longer in use. There's also…
Indonesian in Sumenep

Rumah Makan 17 Agustus

It's only right that this, one of the oldest restaurants in Sumenep, is considered the best place to try the local speciality sate kambing (lamb sate), which is normally served with raw shallots and rice cakes.
Spectator Sport in Sumenep

Bull Races

Sumenep is a centre for champion bull breeding, and on most Saturday mornings bull races can be seen at the Giling stadium.
Indonesian in Sumenep

Rumah Makan Kartini

An atmospheric, traditional restaurant where jars of biscuits, cakes and other snacks are piled up on shelves along the walls and a loyal crew of locals tuck into classic Madurese fare.
Mosque in Sumenep

Mesjid Jamik

Looking more like an extravagant city gateway than a mosque, Sumenep’s 18th-century Mesjid Jamik is notable for its three-tiered Meru-style roof, Chinese porcelain tiles and ceramics.
Gardens in Sumenep

Taman Sari

Occupied by the present bupati of Sumenep, the kraton and its pleasure garden were built in 1750 by Panembahan Sumolo, son of Queen Raden Ayu Tirtonegoro and her spouse, Bendoro Saud. The bathing pools once used by …
Cemetery in Sumenep

Asta Tinggi Cemetery

The tombs of the royal family are at the Asta Tinggi Cemetery, which looks out over the town from a peaceful hilltop 3km northwest of the centre. The main royal tombs are decorated with carved and brightly painted p…
Museum in Sumenep

Royal Carriage-House Museum

Opposite the kraton, the Royal Carriage-House Museum contains the throne of Queen Tirtonegoro, a Chinese-style bed, which is reputedly 300 years old, and a number of rather elaborate horse carriages.
Market in Sumenep

Market

A classic public market brimming with fresh fruit, meat, fish and all manner of clothes and household items.