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  • The Stupa at Sumberawan village
    The Stupa at Sumberawan village
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  • In the foreground: unfinished top of the stupa
    In the foreground: unfinished top of the...
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    Municipal water inlet among foliage
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    The Stupa at Sumberawan

    by theo1006 Written Nov 8, 2011

    The short walk along a rivulet among lush foliage and fertile rice fileds is perhaps the most attractive part of the stupa at Sumberawan village. The monument is located at 650 above sea level in the foothills of Arjuna volcano, near a water source serving both these sawahs and the municipal water supply of Malang town. The following is a summary of a poorly printed booklet in Indonesian that we obtained at the site, compiled by a mr. Suwardono.

    The first reports by the Dutch colonial government about ruins at Stupa Sumberawan site date back to 1904. Subsequently restoration work was finalized in 1937. However, of the top of the stupa insufficient remains were found to determine its shape, and this part was therefore left unfinished. Scholars believe that the stupa was built in the fourteenth century AD, based on a reference in the Negarakertagama chronicles to a visit that king Hayam Wuruk of Majapahit would have paid to the site.

    Stupa Sumberawan is a typical Buddhist monument, with the same symbolized world view as Burubudur. The square base named Kamadathu represents the world of mankind with all its cravings. The next eight-sided level, Rupadhatu, represents the world of holy men who have freed themselves of all passions but are still bound to the material world. And at the third, round, level or Arupadhatu nirwana has been reached.

    It is not difficult to imagine why the stupa should have been erected here. The abundant water source made the place sacred, and the stupa being a miniature of Mandara or Meru mountain, the abode of the gods, served to transform the water into Amerta, the nectar giving the gods eternal life. That these gods are essentially Hindu gods does not contradict the Buddhist nature of the stupa, because both religions were throughly compounded at that time in Java.

    Address: Sumberawan village, Singosari district, Malang regency.

    Directions: From the crossroads at Singosari temple go north for 6 km. At the minibus and ojek station of Sumberawan village turn left (south) for about 500 m. Here the road crosses a small river. Park your vehicle and walk upstream along the rivulet for another 500 m.

    The Stupa at Sumberawan village In the foreground: unfinished top of the stupa Municipal water inlet among foliage Water pipes along rice fields Water pipes along the little river
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    Indian Ocean

    by RoyJava Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Indian Ocean is the third-largest body of water in the world, covering about 20% of the Earth's water surface. Sea-level can change in one second up to over 10 metres. That is the scientific part of the Indian Ocean.

    Its surface is dominated by counterclockwise gyre (broad, circular system of currents) in the Southern Indian Ocean, an experience a lot of humans cannot retell anymore,... some can! The horror of the Indian Ocean.

    The JAVA TRENCH (7,725 km deep!), also called Sunda Double Trench, is located generally 190 miles (305 km) off the South-Western coasts of the islands of Sumatra and Java, Indonesia. The South-Sea Spirit-queen, Ratu Kidul, has been crowned to the absolute Ruler of the Indian Ocean,... the spiritual heart of the Indian Ocean ...
    (link is in Dutch!)

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    Goa Cina beach

    by theo1006 Updated Aug 8, 2010

    We found this the best beach for swimming, at least the part to the west of the "cave island". The beach gets its name from a rocky peninsula with a cave in it where Chinese people are said to come and meditate hoping for success in business.
    East of the peninsula the sea bottom is rocky, at low tide villagers come to seek seafood. West of the peninsula the beach is more sandy but steep: only safe if you know how to swim.

    Warning: Keep an eye on your belongings at all times! The beach being so remote, thieves may follow you when they see you going there. This we found out after Theo missed his camera he had left with his clothes for a swim. When we reported this at the police (Polsek) at Sumbermanjing Wetan, they told us: "We have four men in custody for a similar offense at the same place, evidently we have not caught them all yet." And later Theo met a man who as a student ten years earlier had camped at Goa Cina beach and was robbed too.

    Directions: Leave Malang as if you were going to Sendang Biru beach, via Turen and Sumbermanjing Wetan. A few km before Sendang Biru beach there is a fork in the road. Instead of going left, go right as indicated. Follow the brand new, wide road for about 2 km, find an unpaved road to the left, not indicated (ask for the right spot).

    The cave rock at Goa Cina beach Rocky island off Goa Cina beach Another island off Goa Cina beach Swimming spot west of Goa Cina rock Low tide east of Goa Cina rock
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    Bajul Mati bridge

    by theo1006 Updated Jul 8, 2010

    The road to Bajul Mati beach is new and wide, not as one would expect in this remote area. Perhaps it is designed as part of a future east-west coastal route. The one bridge in the road is of unusual design and worth a stop on the way.

    Directions: Leave Malang as if you were going to Sendang Biru beach, via Turen and Sumbermanjing Wetan. A few km before Sendang Biru beach there is a fork in the road. Instead of going left, follow the signboard pointing right to "Guwo Cino". Follow the brand new, wide road for about 3 km, where the road crosses a river by Bajul Mati bridge.

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    Bajul Mati beach

    by theo1006 Updated Jul 8, 2010

    Somewhat less remote tha Goa Cina beach is nearby Bajul Mati beach. Here is a ticket booth but only during holidays, on work days access is free. Also in the weekends only a few simple warungs sell drinks and snacks.

    The shore is sandy but rather steep, there are less rocks than at Goa Cina beach. The surf is strong.

    Directions: Leave Malang as if you were going to Sendang Biru beach, via Turen and Sumbermanjing Wetan. A few km before Sendang Biru beach there is a fork in the road. Instead of going left, follow the signboard pointing right to "Guwo Cino". Follow the brand new, wide road for about 5 km to the end (across Bajul Mati bridge), where signs point you to the coast at Bajul Mati beach.

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    Indonesian Apple

    by Helena_HMS Written Dec 7, 2005

    This place is an agrobisnis area, where you can find apple, strawbery, paprika, grape. But the most plants you can find is the apel trees. Aple Malang is the famous apple in Indonesia. First you enter the place you will served with aple juice... then there is a guide who shows you the whole area. We have opportunity to pick the apple by our self but only 2 apels...can be more but dont let the guide see you pick the 3rd apple. This place produce many kind of things from apple..apple juice, apple chips, apple pie, and dodol apple (taffy made of sticky apple). Afrer touring the area another glass fresh apple Malang juice served for you.

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    Breath-taking Views

    by RoyJava Updated Apr 26, 2005

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    I know! Most of travelling the trip you do can be exhausted and, a nap in train, airplane, the car/bus/van will take you away in an easy way. When hiking the area of Batu - Malang just stay awake!

    Enjoy the well-known, breath-taking views of the overgrowing hill sides and the lusty vegetation there. The way how people grow their food in this way is absolutely admirable ...

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    ARCA DWARAPALA - Singosari

    by RoyJava Updated Apr 26, 2005

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    You can't miss the 2 magnificent 3.8m. tall "raksasa" guardian statues when entering the Singosari complex. These are the Buta's or Danawa's, literally the Titans/Giants out of fables and myths. One is partly buried, stands 200 m away where a gate may have stood ...

    The legend goes, that when one of the giant Raksasa has vanished into the ground the Ratu Adil (Day of Justice) will come... it is like the Doom's Day or Apocalypse ...

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    Blitar Pasar Legi : She is elegant

    by meimei Updated Mar 28, 2005

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    Blitar is a small but very clean and cool town . There are some tourist attraction ( like : Panataran Temple & Makam Bung Karno ) , but I think , people live here is the most attractive.

    I & my family stroll in Pasar Legi to join local daily's life , It's realy a fantasy. Indonesia is not like other Mislim country , still keeping some ancient brief . This lady prepared flower offering to sell, I must say she looks so elegant.

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    Gunung Kombang Place

    by RoyJava Updated Mar 3, 2005

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    At Ngliyep Beach you can walk up the rocky mountain and, feel the violence of the waves lashing the shore. All is vibrating ... quavering! Up on the mountain there is a small makam, kuburan (cemetry Gunung Kombang). It is not known by tourists. It is the exact place where the Labuhan Ceremony reaches its peak. Here a goat's head is thrown into the Indian Ocean to tune the Goddess of the Indian Ocean's favour.

    The Gunung Kombang is known in West-Java, too, and transmits the myth of the rising of the famous Majapahit Kingdom. Raden Susuruh is believed to have founded the Majapahit Empire, instructed by the seer Cimara Tunggal (corresponding with Ratu Kidul). A lot of legendary Kings got involved with this myth, like Raden Wijaya and Joyoboyo. Gunung Kombang is assigned to Joyoboyo ...

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    BALEKAMBANG - Hindu Temple

    by RoyJava Updated Mar 2, 2005

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    Pantai Balekambang is the spot of an impressive, picturesque Hindu Temple. It's located on the rocky islet of Pulau Wisanggeni, about 75 km from Batu via Malang. Also reachable on foot from Sujono village. The Balinese-stylish temple is a splendid example of peaceful beauty, extraordinary nature and cultural architecture, you can reach by a bridge ...

    Although you'll see people wading the sea around the islet swimming can be dangerous, so better be careful and ask the locals for a safe place to swim!

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    NGLIYEP Beach

    by RoyJava Updated Mar 2, 2005

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    The Ngliyep Beach, Southern of Batu - Malang, is the upmost popular beach for the Javanese locals. It is well-known for its Labuhan Ceremony and, for its many faces. The huge, magnificent rocky islands, the dense coastal forests, and the wonderful, quiet beach with white sand and clear water. Here families have a picnic, kids splashing around in the water, and youths fishing for tropical fishes. Sounds great huh!?! However, could you have a nice snorkel, hearing the violence of the smashing, and crushing waves in the close neighbourhood ???

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    Old Sculpture - King Kertanegara?

    by RoyJava Updated Feb 27, 2005

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    Some very old sculptures you can find in the temple-complexes. A lot of statues disappeared long ago to museums in Holland, including the famous renowned Prajnaparamita image.

    A sculpture of the Shaivite teacher Agastya is found in the yard of Candi Singosari though, Javanese say it is the famous monarch King Kertanegara. He is the same who mortified Kublai Khan's emissaries by horrible things, an act which precipitated the launching of 1000 Mongol troop ships against Java in 1293 ...

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    PISCES-IKAN - Panataran Temple

    by RoyJava Updated Feb 26, 2005

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    Born in March my astrological sign is 'Pisces", "Ikan" in Bahasa. My aunt has been gifted with presentiments. Often predicting too ...

    So she created me a blue-gold stone, made of Lapis Lazuli, and ... "forced" me to visit the Hindu Panataran Temple complex. To my astonishment there were ALL of the Zodiac-signs on the reliefs of the temple, created long time ago. A Hindu Temple ... with Western Zodiac signs... and very obvious the Pisces
    u n b e l i e v a b l e !!!

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    Victory

    by meimei Updated Mar 27, 2005

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    The monument just before Malang train station. A group of united little people defeated evil giant. The gaint of course is Dutch ,I thought.

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