Sights of Mataram and Ampenan

Mataram

Mataram

This is where you can find the banks, public buildings, general hospitals, post office and shopping malls. Mataram is the main city and also the capital of Lombok. You can visit here Ampenan which is a port town as well as Cakranegara. Other than the substantial houses, you can find impressive public buildings which are rather large. Shopping facilities and transportation infrastructure is equipped here, you can find dance performances, art exhibitions, theatre as well as wayang kulit, the Indonesian traditional puppet theater performances here too. If you like old markets, and neighborhoods where traditional craft like basketware, silver-threaded sarongs, gold-threaded wraparound garments are made, you really must see Mataram. There are quite a number of Chinese and Balinese living in Cakranegara, most of the Chinese were brought by the Dutch to provide a cheaper labour.

Ampenan

Ampenan

Ampenan

The suburb of Mataram is Ampenan. It is also an old port town between the Meningting River and the Berinyok River, between the north and the south. Most people would reside along the Jangkok River coast, it is a river that cuts through the town center. What you see mainly in the water are kangkung, these are spinach or watercress but they are the leafy Asian variations. It is tasty and green and best stir-fried. This vegetable has a hollow center and its stems are crispy. Getting to the beach, you can see lot of fishing canoes right at the beginning of the Jangkok River. With pressure lamps, these boats set out in the night to do their fishing activity. Boats can be seen departing the port, days when it will be visible, you can also see the Gunung Agung of Bali. Catch the silhouette during the sunset when this old dock will be crowded. Mostly they are the fishermen with their shadows and golden reflection when the sun is about to set. Jalan Yos Sudarso is one of the main street lined with ethnic shops. You can also see a temple, an Arab quarter by the beach. The narrow streets barely can fit a car. Next is the Malay quarter where mainly Java and Sulawesi migrants reside, and the quarter goes all the way to the Jangkok River. Kampung Sukaraja is a Sasak quarter where Lombok’s majority live. So you should catch the town market along the main road to Senggigi. The other sight is the Sudirman’s Antiques and is also the place to buy genuine items like bright wooden horses.

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