East Manggarai Regency
|East Manggarai Regency
Kabupaten Manggarai Timur
Location of East Manggarai Regency in East Nusa Tenggara
|Province||East Nusa Tenggara|
|• Total||966 sq mi (2,502 km2)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Density||260/sq mi (100/km2)|
East Manggarai Regency (Indonesian: Kabupaten Manggarai Timur) is a regency in East Nusa Tenggara province of Indonesia. Established in 2007 (out of part of Manggarai Regency), the regency has its seat (capital) in Borong. The population in 2010 was slightly over 250,000.
The East Manggarai Regency is divided into six districts (kecamatan), tabulated below with their 2010 Census population:
The local government is aiming to promote a range of tourist sites including the following:
- Nanga Labang village, on the seashore with pristine beaches
- Lake Air Panas (Hot Water) in Rana Masak
- Gampang Mas village near Borong
- Laka Rana Tojong where the Victoria amazonica giant lily grows.
An additional feature of interest in the regency is the Pota Komodo dragon which has similar traits to the more well-known Komodo dragon found in neighbouring West Manggarai Regency. The population of the Pota Komodo dragon has been declining and there is now concern about conservation of the local dragon population.
International visitors travel through various parts of the district, sometimes liaising with local groups such as village Catholic communities. In late 2012, one visiting Polish couple took the decision to be married in Lait valley in the Kota Komba area,
- Markus Makur, 'Nanga Labang in NTT set to become tourist village', The Jakarta Post, 5 May 2011.
- Markus Makur, 'East Nusa Tenggara: Pota komodo population dwindling', The Jakarta Post, 29 June 2013.
- Markus Makur, 'Polish couple get married in remote village', The Jakarta Post, 11 September 2012.
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