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Candi Badut

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Candi Badut is the oldest known temple in East Java that according to the Sanskrit inscription on the temple dates from 760 AD (Saka 682).

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Tucked away smack in the middle of a residential area on the western outskirts of Malang around five kilometres from the city centre, Candi Badut is not part of the later Singosari group dotted around the north and east of Malang, but is from a much earlier period.

Excuse me while I carve “I’m a moron” on the yoni-linggga. Photo taken in or around Candi Badut, Malang, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Excuse me while I carve “I’m a moron” on the yoni-linggga. Photo: Sally Arnold

The temple was reportedly little more than a pile of rubble when it was rediscovered by Dutch archaeologists in the early 1920’s afterwhich it underwent its first reconstruction. Although it has been the subject of much speculation, it is believed to have been built by rulers of the Kanjuruhan Kingdom who possibly had links to the Sanjaya dynasty of ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)


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