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Lombok History

Other than the Babad Lombok archive which records the 1257 Samalas eruption, little is thought about Lombok before the seventeenth century.

Before this time it was comprised of various contending and quarreling trivial expresses every one of which were directed by a Sasak ‘ruler’.

This disunity was exploited by the neighboring Balinese who assumed responsibility for western Lombok in the mid seventeenth century.

The Makassarese in the mean time attacked eastern Lombok from their settlements in neighboring Sumbawa.

The Dutch had first visited Lombok in 1674 and the Dutch East India Company closed its first arrangement with the Sasak Princess of Lombok.

The Balinese had figured out how to assume control over the entire island by 1750, yet Balinese infighting brought about the island being part into four fighting Balinese kingdoms.

In 1838, the Mataram kingdom brought its opponents leveled out.

Relations between the Sasak and Balinese in western Lombok were generally agreeable and intermarriage was normal.

In the island’s east, nonetheless, relations were less warm and the Balinese kept up control from garrisoned posts.

While Sasak town government stayed set up, the town head turned out to be minimal in excess of an expense authority for the Balinese.

Townspeople turned into a sort of serf and Sasak privileged lost a lot of its capacity and land property.

Dutch mediation in Lombok and Karangasem against the Balinese in 1894.

During one of the numerous Sasak worker uprisings against the Balinese, Sasak boss sent emissaries to the Dutch in Bali and welcomed them to run Lombok.

In June 1894, the senator general of the Dutch East Indies, Van der Wijck, marked an arrangement with Sasak revolts in eastern Lombok. He sent a huge armed force to Lombok and the Balinese raja abdicated to Dutch requests. (see Dutch mediation in Lombok) The more youthful sovereigns anyway overruled the raja and assaulted and steered the Dutch.

The Dutch counterattacked overwhelming Mataram and the raja gave up. The whole island was attached to the Netherlands East Indies in 1895.

The Dutch controlled over Lombok’s 500,000 individuals with a power of close to 250 by developing the help of the Balinese and Sasak gentry. The Dutch are recalled in Lombok as heroes from Balinese authority.

During World War II a Japanese attack power containing components of the second Southern Expeditionary Fleet attacked and involved the Lesser Sunda Islands, including the island of Lombok.

They cruised from Soerabaja harbor at 09:00 hrs on 8 March 1942 and continued towards Lombok Island.

On 9 May 1942 at 17:00 hrs the armada cruised into port of Ampenan on Lombok Island. The Dutch safeguards were before long crushed and the island occupied.

Following the suspension of threats the Japanese powers involving Indonesia were pulled back and Lombok returned briefly to Dutch control.

Following the ensuing Indonesian freedom from the Dutch, the Balinese and Sasak gentry kept on ruling Lombok.

In 1958, the island was consolidated into the region of West Nusa Tenggara with Mataram turning into the common capital. Mass killings of socialists happened over the island following the failed upset endeavor in Jakarta and Central Java.

During President Suharto’s New Order organization (1967–1998), Lombok encountered a level of solidness and advancement however not to the degree of the blast and riches in Java and Bali.

Harvest disappointments prompted starvation in 1966 and sustenance deficiencies in 1973.

The national government’s transmigrasi program moved many individuals out of Lombok. The 1980s saw outside designers and theorists impel a beginning the travel industry blast albeit a lot of profit was restricted.

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Lombok Adminstration

Lombok is under the organization of the Governor of the territory of West Nusa Tenggara (Nusa Tenggara Barat). The area is managed from the common capital of Mataram in West Lombok.

The island is officially partitioned into four kabupaten (rules) and one kota (city). They are as per the following, with their regions and populaces at the 2010 Census and as indicated by the most recent (January 2014) official appraisals:

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Lombok is an island in West Nusa Tenggara area, Indonesia. It structures some portion of the chain of the Lesser Sunda Islands, with the Lombok Strait isolating it from Bali toward the west and the Alas Strait among it and Sumbawa toward the east.

It is generally round, with a “tail” (Sekotong Peninsula) toward the southwest, around 70 kilometers (43 miles) crosswise over and an absolute zone of around 4,514 square kilometers (1,743 square miles).

The commonplace capital and biggest city on the island is Mataram.

Area of Lombok

  • Geology Area : Southeast Asia
  • Directions : 8.565°S 116.351°E
  • Archipelago : Lesser Sunda Islands
  • Territory : 4,514.11 km2 (1,742.91 sq mi)
  • Most noteworthy rise : 3,726 m (12,224 ft)
  • Most noteworthy point : Rinjani
  • Country : Indonesia
  • Province : West Nusa Tenggara
  • Biggest settlement : Mataram (population 420,941)


  • Population : 3,311,044 (2014)
  • Population thickness : 733.5/km2 (1,899.8/sq mi)
  • Ethnic gatherings : Sasak, Balinese, Mbojo, Tionghoa-peranakan, Sumbawa individuals, Flores individuals, Arab Indonesian

Lombok is to some degree comparative in size and thickness, and offers some social legacy with the neighboring island of Bali toward the west.

Be that as it may, it is officially part of West Nusa Tenggara, alongside the bigger and all the more inadequately populated island of Sumbawa toward the east.

Lombok is encompassed by various littler islands privately called Gili.

The island is home to some 3.35 million Indonesians as recorded