Photo: Impressive details.

Singosari temples

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Encircling Malang are a handful of temple remains from the 13th century Hindu-Buddhist Singosari Kingdom, the predecessor of the mighty Majapahit Kingdom centred in Trowulan southwest of Surabaya.





As well as being sites of worship, this group of temples were predominantly funerary monuments to the Singosari kings and although they are peppered in several directions, this enigmatic group can easily be visited in a single day from Mallang.

Meet Candi Jago. Photo taken in or around Singosari temples, Malang, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Meet Candi Jago. Photo: Sally Arnold

We began with the more recent temples in the north at Candi Singosari around ten kilometres from the town centre and continued more or less in a clockwise direction and chronologically backwards around the city, but you could mix it up and start at any point. Unfortunately very little of the meagre information at the sites is in English.

Candi Singosari is built of andesite, a grey volcanic rock, and sits in a small grassy park surrounded by a splendid collection of Hindu and Buddhist statuary—cutting an impressive figure in an otherwise uninteresting village street. This Shivite temple was constructed in the late 13th to early 14th century to commemorate the death of Kertanegara, the last king of the Singosari dynasty who according to early written accounts (although written long after the event) was assassinated in 1292 which in turn led to the establishment of ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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How to get there
Travelling to the temples via angkot (local minibuses) is possible from the Arjosari Terminal, but you may have to wait until they are full before they depart. If you have limited time (and deeper pockets) ojeks or private car are a more convenient option.

For Candi Singosari: green angkots which display “Singosari” depart regally during daylight hours (5,000 rupiah; 40 mins). Let the driver know you are going to the Candi and they will drop you at the corner where you can walk the 300 metres to the temple. From the Singosari market, blue angkots depart for Sumberawan only when there are enough passengers which can mean a wait of more than an hour (5,000 rupiah; 30 mins). To reach the temple it’s a further 500 metres walk. Alternatively for these two temples you could catch a local train to Singosari Station and then an ojek to the temples which are a two and six kilometre journey respectively.

For Candi Jago and Candi Kidal: catch a white angkot to Tumpang market (7,000 rupiah; 1 hour). From the market, walk 300 metres to Candi Jago. For Candi Kidal change at Tumpang market to a brown angkot (hourly until 16:00) (5,000 rupiah; 20 mins).

We hired an ojek for the day for 250,000 rupiah with the added bonus of an English speaking guide from Bromo Holiday: T: (0818) 386 300, (0812) 3306 6434; bromoholiday@yahoo.com; but you could probably just as easily use one of the online taxi services such as Go-Jek (note Go-Jek’s motorbike taxis have a 25 kilometre limit).

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Singosari temples
Ten to 17 kilometres from Malang

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