"My plan for today was to cycle to Mataram, the biggest city in Lombok, after the rain that got less and less during the morning.
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."
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 center. In this district is the commercial center of the city. However, the latest shopping mall is the Epicenter. This 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.
Epicentrum Shopping Mall
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.