The Patiayam site is a recent addition to the fossil discovery sites in Java. Older and better known sites are at Sangiran and at Trinil. Serious excavation at Patiayam hill has begun only in 2006, but already over 3000 kg of fossils have been excavated, among them remains of primitive man, Pithecanthropus Erectus. But actually most fossils are of...more
Menara Kudus or Kudus Minaret is an old building which constructed in 16th century by red bricks, it architecture was a mixing culture between Hindu-Java and Islam in line with the transition time from Majapahit Hindu's culture to the beginning of Demak Sultanate Islamic's culture.Menara Kudus was established by Sunan Kudus as a symbol of harmony...more
The main building, Menara Kudus or minaret, are ancient red brick structures, whose design, clearly derive from the Majapahit period, making this mosque unique in Java. The most remarkable of these is the tall minaret, whose base is in the shape of a candi or funerary monument.Set atop it in an open pavilion is a bedug (large drum) that is used to...more
Muria, berasal dari nama bukit yang bernama Marwah yang diberikan oleh Amir Haj ( R. Umar Said ) untuk menyebut daerah yang didiami sebagai tempat da’wahnya yaitu di daerah Kudus sebelah utara. Oleh masyarakat setempat Marwah diucapkan dengan Muria sampai sekarang. Nama Muria dipakai sebagai nama salah satu gunung yang semula bernama gunung Gundul...more
Ja’far Shoddiq mendirikan Masjid di daerah Kudus pada tahun 1956 H atau 1548 M. Semula diberi nama Al Manar atau Masjid Al Aqsho, meniru nama Masjid di Yerussalem yang bernama Masjidil Aqsho. Kota Yerussalem juga disebut Baitul Maqdis atau Al-Quds. Dari kata Al-Quds tersebut kemudian lahir kata Kudus, yang kemudian digunakan untuk nama kota Kudus...more
A visit to Muria mountain at Colo is worth while not only for the Sunan Muria pilgrimage. Nature lovers may want to explore the mountain side.About 3 km uphill from the Colo parking there is a mineral water source, Sendang Tiga Rasa, or "Triple flavoured source". There are three small water holes close together, where people come to taste a...more
A visit to Muria mountain at Colo is worth while not only for the Sunan Muria pilgrimage. Nature lovers may want to explore the mountain side.One attraction is Monthel waterfall in Rejenu river, however we must say we have seen better on Java. The water is not clean, and the place rather spoiled with too much visitors. But the fall is close by from...more
Sunan Muria is one of the Walisongo, the nine teachers or wise men who propagated Islam in Central Java and in doing so transformed traditional Hindu and Buddhist society. This is according to generally accepted beliefs, however there is no consensus about the identity of the Walisongo. It is not certain whether there were indeed nine, whether they...more
The main landmark of Kudus, Menara Kudus, is a minaret belonging to the mosque Al Aqsa in the kauman or muslim quarter. It is famous because it was built in 1549 in the style of Javanese Hindu temples built of brick. More recent minarets invariably try to copy the style of minarets in the Middle East.Being a minaret, the purpose of the tower is to...more
The fabrication of clove cigarettes, rokok kretek in Indonesian, has been a major economic asset of Kudus for a century.It all began with the invention of Haji Djamari, who found that not only rubbing his chest with clove oil relieved his chest pain, but also mixing clove powder in his cigarettes.But it was one Nitisemito who made his fortune...more
This Museum is more as image of Kudus as Kretek City. Once upon a time, there is Niti Semito pioneered the Kretek cigarettes in Kudus in 1937, with his company "Bal Tiga". It is so impressing, he was one of the richest man in the country. He was promoting his kretek with big effort. In 1920 he hired planes to spread his leaflets! Can you imagine...more
Apart from the mosque, the tower is so popular as Menara Kudus. It is become a landmark of the city. One evidence, a monumental writing mentioning, this mosque was built on 956 H in moslem calendar, or about the year 1549. But other proof in javanese letter telling, it was built on 1609, or internationally on the year 1687.Here stay in the tower,...more
Visiting Kudus means you have to visit the landmark mosque. What make it special is that they keep the old part of the mosque, the front gate and inside gate as it is. It is a wooden carving doors together with redbrick wall. It is combining the design of Javanese Hindu and Islam.more
Periodically everyday theres somebody will do 'tabuh bedug adzan'. It is an acknowledgement, or calling people to pray. It is five times a day. You can see, and getting up to the tower, if you visit it in one of the praying time. Otherwise, they will close the tower. The procession is not long, only about 1-2 minute. But after that you may still...more
Every culture have their own detail way on security system. For old Javanese in Kudus and the rest of Java, they just simply use 'selot'. It is a common way to do. The special is that its enough in consideration of security those time. I dont know whats the name in English, but people using Kayu Jati, somekind of Wood for the door, and special...more
Not directly my style, but ok, who cares :) Other than just a sense of decorating, the using of porselen plate is a proof of theres a relation between Kudus as representatives of Java with the international trading that moments. Its Delft! Or Chinese Delft porselen? Can you tell me for sure?more
SOTO KUDUS is one of popular soup not only for local people, it is also as one of Indonesian Popular Cuisine, You could find this kind of SOto Kudus in almost of Central Java region and it is also a popular Soto Kudus Cafe in capital city Jakarta Soto Kudus is a soup serve in a bowl, its contain slices of meats...chicken or beef, some added...more
Better to stay in Semarang or Yogyakarta, if you dont have a special interest on Islam or the city itself. So, you can quickly to the spot without wasting time. Be sure you have a local driver. Driving in northern mainroad is crazy. Buses, big container etc. are your sparing. Better be careful!
it located on sunan kudus street..its about 200meters west simpangtujuha small shopusually visited in ramadhanbecause keciput is always serve in ramadhan and iedul fitrinice taste goodmade from flour sugar and eggand offcourse wijen jenang is the first one but it tasted same all in indonesiakeciput that is only in kudusrujak cungor..hmmm so...more
Many toko oleh-oleh (souvenir/gift shops) have it. I d like to describe Jenang as something like sweet sticky thick gel. Some brand giving fruity flavour etc. To make sure anything, buy one, and try it before you buy for more. It is too sweet and sticky for me. There are many brand of jenang Kudus. For some are Viva, Mubaroq, etc. But i think the...more
While walking thru the gate behind the mosque and around the graveyard, you will smells some special fragrance. That is smells of burning kemenyan. For us in Java, we know that kind of fragrance normally used as an offering for spirits in other world. So, when i smell this kind of smells, I know that people suround are respecting or on a worship of something spiritual, animism. Mystical feeling.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies:
Wet towel or wet tissue! I think it is the most neeeded, since swetaing is commonly happened in this area. It is close to the beach.
You can by a can drink everywhere.
Miscellaneous: Oh also things for rain! Umbrella or anything alike. At least to cover you to and from the place to the car.
Once upon a time, Sunan Kudus was inviting communities to go to the mosque to listen to his sermons, during which time Sunan tied his cow, named Kebo Gumarang in the mosque courtyard. People who glorify Hindu cow, to be sympathetic. Especially after they heard about the explanation of Sunan Kudusconcerning to Surat (verses) Al Baqarah in Holy Qur'an, which means "cow". Until now, most traditional societies Kudus, still refusing to slaughter cattle.
The Hindu's society during Majapahit Kingdom hold a teaching that a cow is a sacred animals as God ancestor, base on this situation, Sunan by his wisdom as a preacher not allowed moslem to slaughter the cow in respected to Hindu. Up to now the peoples of Kudus still hold this concepts of tolerance and it is hard to find the beef cuisine in their menu.
Masyarakat Hindu menganggap bahwa sapi atau lembu adalah binatang suci yang tidak boleh diganggu. Sunan Kudus juga memerintahkan kepada masyarakat supaya jangan menyembelih lembu. Jika ini terjadi, maka masyarakat akan marah, sebab binatang kesayangannya diganggu.
Fondest memory: Ada cerita rakyat di Kudus tentang 'apa sebab masyarakat Kudus sampai sekarang tidak menyembelih sapi'?. Sebelum kedatangan Islam, daerah Kudus dan sekitarnya merupakan Pusat Agama Hindu. Dahulu Sunan Kudus ketika dahaga pernah ditolong oleh seorang pendeta Hindu dengan diberi air susu sapi. Maka sebagai rasa terima kasih, Sunan Kudus waktu itu melarang menyembelih binatang sapi dimana dalam agama Hindu, sapi merupakan hewan yang dimuliakan.