What was the governor of Kediri regency thinking...? Making Kediri a rival city of Paris?At a few km east from Kediri centre he had this copy of the Arc the Triomphe built. It stands in the centre of a circle where five roads come together. The area around it should be developed into a Commercial Centre, but was still empty when we last passed by...more
The name Selomangleng can be translated as 'hanging rock' (selo = rock, mangleng = hanging). There are two caves of this name dating from the Majapahit era, one is near Kediri, the other one is located south of Tulungagung. The chambers seem to have been hewn into a stony hill near a spring, perhaps in a forest. The Kediri cave consists of two...more
Airlangga is the oldest known king who ruled over most or all of East Java (1019-1049 AD. So it is fitting that the museum of Kediri city is named after him.The museum displays the usual stone (andesit) artefacts, some inside the building and some outside in the yard: statues depicting deities and ancestors, stela with inscriptions in old Javanese,...more
Like Candi Surowono, Candi Tegowangi is a Hindu temple from the Majapahit kingdom dated at 1400 AD. It seems a curious coincidence, but both temples are in commemoration of a king or prince who died in 1388. For Candi Tegowangi this would be king Bhre Matahun, also known as Rajasawardhana, who was married to a younger sister of king Ayam Wuruk....more
It takes an effort to see the "Hot River of Kelud Baby" and the "Sulphuric Spa", but they are well worth it. You have to go down a long stairway of 598 steps, not counting the descent into the spa or the short ascent to the hot-water falls. A billboard points to the stairs, which are near the parking. We were slightly disappointed when we arrived...more
Just outside the tunnel, before one goes down to the lava dome, there is a flight of 498 stairs climbing up de crater ridge to a lookout point. From there one overlooks the whole crater with the lava dome as well as Blitar plane to the south.To the summit?We saw a path leaving the lookout in the direction of the highest point of the ridge. That...more
What they call Anak Gunung Kelud, litterally the 'Child of Kelud Mountain', is a smoking lava dome which has arisen in the crater when the volcano was active in November 2007. Before that time there used to be a lake on the crater floor, of which only a small pool now remains. Visitors used to be allowed to approach the lake, but nowadays a locked...more
If we may trust the distance posted at the safety gate, then one has to walk 1.7 km from the parking to Anak Gunung Kelud, the lava dome in the crater. Some 120 m (our estimate) of this distance leads through a tunnel in the caldera rim, a shortcut from the outside to the inside of the caldera. You may bring a torchlight, but actually the walkway...more
At about 30 km of Kediri town, Kelud volcano has long been a favourite destination of domestic tourists. When the volcano had quietened down after its eruption in November 2007, the government of Kediri regency ordered the access road to be upgraded, so that now one can comfortably get into walking distance of the crater by car or motorbike. For...more
It is unusual that a plantation company runs a hospital. But this is the case in Pare, where the Handelsvereeniging Amsterdam established a hospital in 1908, which is now owned and operated by its successor, PT Perkebunan Nusantara X under the name of Rumah Sakit HVA Toeloengredjo.
The HVA (Trading Society Amsterdam) itself was founded in 1879. It exploited tea, rubber, tobacco, cassave and pepper plantations, but its main business was sugar. Before it was nationalized in 1958 the society produced 400,000 tons of sugar yearly in 17 sugar processing factories. The former head office of HVA is one of the most interesting historic buildings in Surabaya, dating from 1925.
The HVA hospital was established to serve HVA's employees in the sugar industry as well as the community in general, and does so until today. The original buildings are very well preserved and maintained, but of course the hospital has also been enlarged with newer buildings.
Mr Tjahjo, the administrator, welcomes foreign guests. We were invited to look around including the collection of medical specimens. Over the door of the maternity ward hangs a drawing of a stork. Although mr Tjahjo did not know its meaning he had refused to sell it to another visiting Dutchman. So he was very happy when we explained that in the Netherlands children used to be told that babies are brought by a stork.
Address: Jalan A. Yani # 25, Pare