Singosari


Singosari

Singosari is a small town in Malang, East Java, Indonesia, on the Java Island. It is situated about 400 m above sea-level, and is therefore quite cool especially from June to August. Temperature hovers around 18–20 degrees celsius at night. It is predominantly occupied by Moslems with a small number of Chinese and other groups. The main activity is at the singosari market. There are a couple of places of interests in Singosari such as the Candi Singosari, dated to the 1200s and the 1300 m high Mount Arjuna. It is a moderate 2 day climb including the return trip. There are also natural springs in the area. A small airport has been constructed to facilitate air travel between Malang and Jakarta.

The name Singosari is derived from a famous middle-aged kingdom (1222 - 1292) named Singhasari, which palace located not far away from modern day Singosari. Candi Singosari (Singosari temple) - which was used as worship palace during this kingdom - is located in Kertanegara street, about 3 km (2 miles) from singosari market.

Further to the west from this temple is Ken Dedes swimming pool, believed to be the bathing place and royal garden of Singhasari. Upon entering this pool complex there are 2 big statues called Dwaraphala at each side of the entrance. Dwaraphala is a squatting giant holding big staff as a weapon, symbolizing the guard of holy places in Javanese culture.


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