"My plan for today was to cycle to Mataram, the biggest city on Lombok, after the rain that got worse in the course of the morning and to take a look at it.
The Mataram Shopping Mall, the Pura Mayura, a Balinese Hindu temple, the Cakra market, the large new mosque on the outside and the port of Ampenan.
On a map I had planned a nice round where I wanted to cycle as much as possible via smaller roads and between the fields so that I could take some pictures and, what I found particularly important, avoid the deafening, busy roads. I did not hope to get lost, because if you ask for directions here, they usually send you in the wrong direction."
(actually: Kota Mataram) is the capital of Lombok. It is a fairly large city
with about half a million inhabitants; suburbs included (Ampenan,
Cakranegara). Despite the fact that many sites write negative about Mataram,
I still want to stay positive. At the bottom you will find a video about
Mataram, so that you can make your own judgment.
Mataram is the most important city in Lombok, when it comes to government,
education, economy, services and industry. Many tourists sniff around the
markets and in the Mataram Mall, a modern and well-equipped shopping centre.
In this district is the commercial centre of the city. However, the latest
shopping mall is the Epicentre. This mall opened its doors in 2015.
Although Muslims are by far the majority in the city, a significant
proportion of the inhabitants is also of Chinese origin. A minority of the
inhabitants is Hindu. These differences of cultures can be found in the city
in the form of temples and shops.
At the beginning of the 18th century,
Cakranegara was the seat of the crown prince of Karangasem on East Bali.
Several Hindu temples were built on Lombok during this period. In 1849
Ampenan was an important port of Lombok. Ampenan then fell under the
authority of the Balinese king Anak Agung.
Mataram and Cakranegara were important cities. with large royal palaces. If
the Sasak invoke the help of the Dutch against the Balinese, Mataram is
destroyed. Cakranegara would be the last Balinese fortress to be conquered.
The court of Cakranegara massively committed suicide by storming the heavily
armed Dutch troops. In and around the city during the Dutch domination large
and gruesome battles were fought. In the city you can still find some
memories of this.
You can also find in this capital the legacy of the Dutch, who
during the V.O.C. era have kept a lot to suppress the insurgents. The city of
Mataram is not very busy and very touristy, but you can certainly have a good
Of the many, nice markets of Mataram, Kebon Roek is the busiest in Ampenan. On
this market it is full of stalls all day and night, where food and household
items are sold. The market in Cakranegara (pronounced: Sjakanegara) is a little
There are two shopping canters in Mataram Mall and the Epicenter. In the
Epicenter are numerous restaurants, bubble tea stands, confectioners, donut
cafes, Starbucks, Coffeebean, Guardian Drugstore, body shop, bookstores, shoe
stores, and so on. On the top floor there is a Food Court and on the ground
floor a Hypermarket (with supermarket and department store articles).
The best supermarket for craft products is the Sayang Sayang Art Market. You
will also find ikat stores (textile) and pearl shops in town. These are the most
expensive in the city and slightly cheaper in the suburbs.
Epicentre Shopping Mall
In Ampenan and Mataram there are craft and antique shops where you can buy all
kinds of artifacts from Lombok and other eastern islands. These are nice shops
where you can buy amulets, wooden boxes and different types of textiles. In
Ampenan you will find many shops owned by ethnic Chinese in the main street. In
Cakranegara, in addition to souvenir shops, you also have a number of weaving
mills where you can buy traditional ikat fabrics. You can also see how the ikats
Lombok is known for its brightly coloured patterns on the local songket fabrics.
Embossed patterns of gold or silver wire are then applied to a surface of cotton
or silk. Especially in the south of Cakranegara lies the village of Sukarare. In
this village traditional weavers make the most beautiful song-chain clothes. The
techniques, patterns and motifs are handed down from generation to generation.
From a travel blog about
"A nice mall with many
western shops, much to do for kidnapping. Starbucks is there and
KFC. Many stores such as c & a, department store like. But also body
shop, billabong and many designer eyewear stores. Not really high
end brands. A lot of headscarves and jellaba's, whitening face
creams and green tea Japanese ice creams. Fine cinema with tasty
buttered popcorn and English spoken, so film is easy to follow.