The tourist village is near Mandalika Circuit.


The Mandalika area is undergoing extensive renovations in preparation for the 2022 MotoGP event. The staging of this premier class motorcycle racing championship series provides an opportunity to revitalize tourism in West Nusa Tenggara, which had been sluggish due to the pandemic. While watching the race, it is hoped that the audience will also visit tourist attractions in the Mandalika area, such as Bonjeruk Village.


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Bonjeruk Village is in the Jonggat District of the Central Lombok Regency. The location is approximately 30 minutes from Lombok International Airport. Bonjeruk Village is maximizing its potential as one of the tourist villages that supports the Mandalika Circuit MotoGP.

Bonjeruk Village will receive training and assistance from the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy (Kemenparekraf). This is done to increase the capacity of human resources to maximize tourism potential and ensure that communities can provide the best service to visitors.

What is interesting about Bonjeruk Village as a tourist village near the Mandalika Circuit?

Before we get into the charms of this village, you might be curious about its name, which sounds similar to the word citrus fruit. This village's name is derived from the words bun or buwun and oranges, and it is not located in a citrus plantation area.

The word bun means "well", and oranges literally refer to citrus fruits. There are 13 wells in this village that never stop releasing water, and orange trees surround it that never stop bearing fruit throughout the year.


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According to the page, the water source from the well is beneficial for local residents during drought and is still used for bathing, washing, and drinking water.

One of the reasons Bonjeruk Village is appealing is because of its history. During the colonial period, this village served as the administrative center for the Dutch East Indies. Relics from that era can still be seen today in the many old buildings with European-style architecture that can be found throughout Bonjeruk.

Of course, this distinguishes Bonjeruk Village. Because most tourist villages in Indonesia feature natural scenery such as mountains, rice fields, waterfalls, or beaches, the presence of the old building is also an intriguing sight because it contrasts with the lovely rural setting.

The cream-colored gate with the inscription "Bondjeroek den 10 mai 1833", which represents the time of its construction, is one of Bonjeruk Village's most recognizable structures. The gate, which has an art deco design and is also a relic from the Dutch era, serves as the entrance to the residential area. The Jonggat District level government center is located in the house.

The historic building will be maximized for the development of historical tourism in Bonjeruk Village, according to Wiryadi, Daily Chairperson of Pokdarwis Wirajaya Putrajaya Jonggat. The structure is currently being reorganized, and a museum will be constructed so that visitors can learn more about its history.

Agrotourism and culinary experiences in Bonjeruk Village

Bonjeruk Village is a tourism village that emphasizes the environment and culture. This rural area is dominated by agricultural land, which includes rice, soybeans, corn, and a variety of vegetables and fruits. Many villagers have cows, goats, chickens, and ducks as pets. The majority of Bonjeruk's residents are also farmers and ranchers.


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With such a fertile environment, it's no surprise that this area has a high potential for agro-tourism. Visitors to Bonjeruk Village can observe various agricultural activities such as rice fields, fruit plantations, and agricultural product trade. The best part is that visitors can pick fresh fruits from the garden.

Walking through the rice fields is another activity that visitors can do while visiting Bonjeruk Village. Following that, you can try traditional games popular among locals, such as stilts and gangsing. Reading lontar, a saga in Sasak language, is another interesting activity.

Not only that, but Bonjeruk Village has a plethora of delectable culinary delights that you would be remiss not to sample. Visitors can try it at the Bamboo Market, a culinary tourism center.

Fried chicken rice is one of the must-try mainstay menus. This traditional Bonjeruk dish features roasted free-range chicken with monte or lime chili sauce, clear vegetables, boiled eggs, and spicy chili sauce.

When someone gets married, merangkat chicken is usually served. Previously, the family would cut dozens of chickens, grill them, and cover them in chili sauce to greet the bride and groom. This food is prepared as a symbol of the family's gratitude for their child's upcoming marriage.

Although synonymous with spicy taste, the taste is adjusted to foreign tourists' tongues who do not like spicy like most Indonesians.

In addition to merangkat chicken, Bonjeruk Village offers begawe packages that include a variety of local cuisine menus. These menus are typically served at weddings, circumcision celebrations, and thanksgiving. The dishes on the menu include sate kuncung, ares, meat, tum ayam, and ebatan vegetables.




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