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MATARAM LOMBOK INDONESIA - THE CAPITAL CITY

There are three main cities in Lombok, Ampenan, Mataram, and Cakranegara, have expanded over the years and now merge together to creat what is for Lombok, an urban spawl of shops administrative centers and resedential areas. A visit to the cities makes an interesting day trip, exploring the numerous small shops selling everything imaginable at low prices.

Ampenan was the original old port in Lombok during Dutch colonial times and some of the old architecture is still visible around the town, particularly toward the beach to the west. This area becomes a market at night, filled with warungs and kaki lima (food carts) for cheap, tasty food and local flavour. with it numerous shops, cheap hotels, dusty roads and plentyful of Cidomo (horse carts), gold and pearl shops, and its arab quarter, Ampenan is a colorful town to explorer.

Kebun Roek Traditional Market
just near the traffic lights in Ampenan on the road from from the old airport (Selaparang), is the site of the local markets. Every day traders set up the stalls selling fresh produce from around the island, local snacks, and products, live chickens and fresh fish in the afternoon when the fishing boat come in.

Mataram
About 3 kilo meters to the East of Ampenan, is the administrative center for Lombok and Sumbawa, West Nusa Tenggara Province (NTB Province), with government offices, banks, mosque, schools, and colleges, book stores, the main post office, and Mataram University down town.

In Mataram, the Nusa Tenggara Barat Museum houses historical and culturalartefacts from Lombok and Sumbawa. Its an interesting place to visit and occasionaly host special event and exhibits. Display include exhibits on geology, history and culture. Address: Jl. Panji Tilar. Phone 0370 632159 for opening times. There is small admision fee. Also worth to visit the cultural center (Taman Budaya) on Jl. Majapahit. Music and dance perfomances are presented regularly. Phone 0370 633428.

Mataram Mall, on the main street in Mataram, has an upstairs food cort for cheap local meals. Lombok's only real mall, there are four flors of shops and stall selling a vast selection of goods.

Cakranegara
is Lombok main shopping area. It is also home to many Chinese and Balinese, who make up over 50 percent of the city's population. The streets of the city make an interesting tour with gold shops, sporting goods, clothing stores and very good fabric stores selling imported silks, laces and cuttons, to name a few.

The next large town East of Cakranegara, Sweta has a huge market every day near bertais bus terminal, with all kinds of goods on sale, from food stuffs to clothing, exotic birds, handicrafts and more.

Places of Interes around Mataram

Mayura Park
This park was built in 1744 by Lombok's King Anak Agung Ngurah Karang Asem. The center piece of the garden is a delightful pool, in the middle of which is a Bale Kambang (floating house), its used for judicial lawsuit or important meetings. The temple and park is influence either by Moslem and Hindu culture, it's shown from the statues surroundings it building.

Meru Temple
Meru Temple located is in Cakranegara, was built in 1720 under the instruction of Anak Agung Gede Karang Asem. This temple situated on opposite of Mayura temple and short walking distance from Cakranegara traditional market.

NTB Museum
This Museum shaped to resemble a Sasak dweling is located on Jalan Panji Tilar, ampenan. The historical artifactsof the Museum collection included a 1239 manuscript which is the ancient history sbout the island and wrote in native langguage which is not longer used as the next was wrote on dried palm leaves, bark and bamboo.


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