MataramCapital City Of West Nusa Tenggara
Mataram is the capital of Lombok of West Nusa Tenggara. The town actually consists of four different towns Ampenan, Mataram, Cakranegara (Cakra) and Sweta. Ampenan has most of city sights, including Nusa Tenggara Barat museum, which gives a good overview of the culture of Lombok and Sumbawa Island. Cakra is the best place for eating, sleeping and shopping. It also has the Water Palace, which is worth to visit and the largest temple of Lombok, Meru Purse. Mataram is the administrative center and Sweta and Bertais are the transport connection of the whole island.
As a center of government administration, Mataram has many large, impressive public buildings and substantial houses. The city also has transportation and shopping facilities. The main square is used for art exhibitions, theater, dance, and Wayang Kulit (puppet theater) performances. In other parts of Mataram, there are a variety of old-style markets and neighborhoods featuring traditional craft work like basket ware and gold- and silver-threaded sarongs, or wraparound garments.
Main City in Lombok
The oldest city on Lombok, once was the main port of Lombok. Old building with mix population like Chinese, Arabian, and Malay. You can find lot of activities and good places to eat range from local food to international food.
The main business center on Lombok, has thriving Chinese and Arabian community. Most of the shops and restaurants run by Chinese.
The town of Sweta forms the eastern end of the conurbation and functions as Lombok’s transport capital. Close to the Bertais bus station there is a large covered market area that is worth to visit.
Places To stay in Mataram Lombok
There are various range of hotels accommodation that you can choose to stay at Mataram, From Deluxe four star Hotel to simple home stays, such as Lombok Raya Hotel, Grand Legi Hotel, Lombok Garden, Nitour Hotel, Mataram Hotel, Graha Ayu Hotel, Aston Inn, Golden Palace, Golden Tulip and many more.
Mandalika Bus station is the main bus terminal for the entire island. It;s also the eastern terminus for the local yellow bemos that shutlle back and forth to Kenun Roek Ampenan. The official fares had just been increast at the time writing. Public fares is Rp. 1.500/person student Rp.1000. make sure you have fix money to pay, otherwise often there’s no return on changes. Lombok Taxi Tel: 0370 627000, or Lendang Express taxi Tel: 0370 644444 available 24 hours a day.
Places Of Interest around Mataram City
Located on Jalan Panji Tilar Negara Mataram
Mayura Temple; Built on 1743 Balinese Hindu’s dynasty, Anak Agung Gede Karangasem. It’s now become a recreational park on the seasonally used for music festival.
Narmada The Royal Park
Miniatur of Rinjani Mount and Segara Anak lake. This summer palace has a spot corner where the locals believed to have water fountain (air Awet Muda).
Located up in the north east Mataram, has a preserved forest for recreation and chill out.
The oldest temple on the island where the Moslem Wetu Telu and the Hindus held once a year ceremony together on this temple.
This early 18th century temple is the largest in Lombok and was built for prince Anak Agung Made Karang Asem more for political than religious reasons. In attempt to unite the various Hindu groups on the island. After entering, turn left to reach the inner courtyard and it’s three Meru (multi roofed shrines). They represent three mountains Mt Semeru in Java, Mt Rinjani in Lombok and Mt Agung in Bali.
This red and white Balinese temple is close to the beach north of Ampenan. It is usually locked but just to the northeast an old Chinese cemetery that is worth wandering over to.
What to Do & See in Mataram City
• City Sight seeing.
• Shopping as lot of options to do such as ( Lombok Epicentrum Mall, Mataram Mall, Lombok City Center Mall and Trans Mart ) are the main shopping center and some Super market such as Giant, and Hyper mart.
• Administrative related to government
Activities & Attractions