Photo: Temple in the woods.

Candi Cangkuang

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Candi Cangkuang is a small eighth-ninth century Hindu temple that predates the larger and more well known temples of Central Java, Prambanan and Borobudur, and one of the very few ancient Hindu sites in West Java.

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On the edge of a picturesque lake, gracing a low raised mound that was believed to have once been an island within the lake, and flanked by lush vegetation and a “kampung adat” traditional village, Candi Cangkuang provides visitors with a brief glimpse to a time when the entire island of Java was dominated by Hinduism.

The main attraction. Photo taken in or around Candi Cangkuang, Cipanas, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

The main attraction. Photo: Sally Arnold

The square-based volcanic stone structure stands a mere eight-and-a-half metres tall with a three-stepped roof arrangement embellished with small stupas, almost identical in style to the small Pawon temple near Borobudur and similar the Hindu temples at Dieng Plateau and Candi Gedong Songo near Semarang.

On the eastern side, stairs lead to a room containing a small eroded statue of Shiva. Next to the temple in a fenced enclosure is a local pilgrimage site, the tomb of Arief Muhammad, believed to have spread Islam to the area in the 17th century. Arief Muhammad’s descendants live in the neighbouring traditional village, Kampung Pulo.

The old Koran. Photo taken in or around Candi Cangkuang, Cipanas, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

The old Koran. Photo: Sally Arnold

A small museum displays ancient Korans and manuscripts in Arabic with some information about the temple, but only in Indonesian. According to the museum’s caretaker, the temple is named for a tree that grows nearby. Although an important historical sight, Candi Cangkuang is only of mild interest to the passing tourist but it does present a quiet place to sit and contemplate. If you are keen on ancient history it may be worth the trip, but if you plan on visiting the temple groups in Central Java, they have more ... Travelfish members only (Around 300 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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Candi Cangkuang
15 kilometres northeast of Cipanas (Garut)
Admission: 12,000 rupiah

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