Place to stay in Mataram City
Mataram (Mataram City) - The Capital Town of Lombok
Kota Mataram (Mataram city) is the administrative capital of Province
Nusa Tenggara Barat (NTB). Public buildings, banks, post office,
general hospitals and shopping malls are found here. A part of West Nusa
Tenggara (NTB) province, Mataram is the capital and main city of
Lombok. It includes the port town of Ampenan, the towns of Mataram,
Sweta and Cakranegara.
As a center of government administration, Mataram has many large, impressive
public buildings and substantial houses include Governor office, Mataram
university and Rumah Sakit Umum Mataram (public hospital). 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 craftwork like basket ware and gold- and
silver-threaded sarongs, or wraparound garments.
The port of Ampenan was once Lombok's main port, but it now relies mostly on
fishing vessels. Cakranegara has significant Balinese and
Chinese populations, the Chinese having been brought by the Dutch to provide
The town is easy reach from new international airport (Bandara Udara Lombok)
about 35 minutes drive by taxi or Airport shuttle bus and Lembar sea port
just 20 minutes drive with public bus transportation
Once was the main port of Lombok. Old buildings are found here and kept by
the local community, the town inhabitant are mix population of Arabs, Malay,
and Chinese. Lots of local restaurants which is provide Chinese food and
Cakranegara is the main commercial center of Lombok, has a thriving
Chinese and Balinese community. Its also home to many Chinese and Balinese
who make up over 50 percent of the city
population. The street of the city make an interesting tour with gold shops,
sporting goods, clothing stores and many other local products.
Mandalika Bus station is the main bus terminal for the entire island. It's
also the eastern terminus for the local yellow bemo's " the public
transport" that shuttle back and forth to Kebun Rowek Ampenan. The
major night bus are operated from Mandalika bus terminal, for the
travelers who want traveling to Sumbawa or Java island this bus
terminal are the base.
Lombok Taxi you can find around the road or available on call phone (0370)
627000, Lendang express Taxi Phone (0370) 644444 available 24 hours a day.
There are plenty of good quality hotels, hostel to stay in Mataram form
medium to low budget. For either business or leisure, Mataram is a clean and
friendly city to explorer. Food stalls, shopping mall are the main
attraction of this town. Most places to stay are recently located in
Cakranegara and few old places in Ampenan. The Mataram city about 35 minutes
drive from new international airport in Lombok (Bandara Udara International
Lombok). It's easy to get around and metered taxis are available upon
interest in Mataram City, Lombok
Taman Mayura 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
Pura Meru (Meru Temple)
Pura Meru 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.
Museum Nusa Tenggara Barat
The Museum of Nusa Tenggara Barat shaped to resemble a Sasak
dwelling, located on Jalan Panji Tilar, ampenan. The historical artifacts of
the Museum collection included a 1239 manuscript which is the ancient
history about the island and wrote in native language which is not longer
used as the next was wrote on dried palm leaves, bark and bamboo.
Taman National Narmada (The Royal Park)
Taman National Narmada is situated 15 minutes drive to the east of
Cakranegara. The Narmada Royal Park was built in 1805 as a replica of Gunung
Rinjani and Segara Anak lake. The Royal Park was built on ruled of Anak
Agung Ngurah Karang Asem. When the king became too old to make a pilgrimage
to Segara Anak he built the Narmada royal garden and temple where he could
perform his annual rituals.
At Lombok's historic Lingsar
Temple, both Hindu's and Muslims gather to give thanks to God for regional
prosperity by staging the lively and combative ritual of Perang Topat
(rice cake war).
The Perang Topat series of
ceremonies takes place on full moon of the six month of the Sasih on
the Balinese Hindu calendar.
Lingsar Temple is the most unique temple at Lombok island, located
nine kilometers from Mataram city, Lombok Barat. The unique complex includes
a sacred Hindu shrine and central temple which includes buildings (Kemalik)
that are sacred to the indigenous Sasak people of Lombok who practice Islam.
The Hindu/Muslim complex was built in 1759 by King Anak Agung Ngurah
of the Balinese Kingdom of Karang Asem
For information of Kota
Mataram (Mataram city) in Bahasa Indonesia click the official site link of
Kota Madya Mataram bellow: