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Sade Traditional Village
Somewhere between a living museum and tourist trap, this traditional Sasak village offers an immersive experience into local culture, architecture, and crafts. The Sasak people are 85 percent of Lombok’s population. They are related to the Balinese in ethnicity and language but differ in their embrace of Islam rather than Hinduism. The Sasak have rich cultural traditions of textiles and dance, as well as a few unusual quirks borne of island living. For those interested in a quick dive into local culture, or just shopping for souvenirs, this village in Central Lombok Regency an hour southeast of Mataram (15 minutes North of Kuta Lombok) offers just that.