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Off the radar of many foreign tourists, simply put, Trowulan is one of the most significant historical sites in the whole of Southeast Asia.

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This tiny dusty nondescript rural village approximately 60 kilometres southwest of the bustling port city of Surabaya and around 14 kilometres from Mojokerto, was once the seat of the mighty, powerful and influential Hindu-Buddhist Majapahit Empire which reigned between the 13th and 15th centuries covering much of Java, Bali and Sumatra and stretched as far as mainland Southeast Asia and some believe, parts of Southern Indian and Northern Australia.

Welcome! Photo taken in or around Trowulan, Surabaya, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Welcome! Photo: Sally Arnold

For folks interested in trivia, this great Empire is said to have being named after the large cannonball-shaped bitter-tasting maja fruit trees which grow prolifically in Java. Pahit means bitter in Indonesian, hence Majapahit. The ancient city ruins cover approximately eleven by nine kilometres and as the majority of structures were built from red brick, little remains intact. What does endure is surely not as remarkable as its past, but the scattering of temples, archaeological sites and museum are well worth the effort to visit.

Early research of the area was executed in the early 19th century under Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles when he was Lieutenant-Governor of then British Java and later continued by the Dutch. In the early 20th century, Dutch architect and archaeologist, Henri Maclaine Pont established the site museum with a view to preserving this important ... Travelfish members only (Around 2,000 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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60 kilometres southwest of Surabaya
Admission: 50,000 Rupiah

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