Candi Badut

Candi Badut, Malang

Candi Badut
3.5
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Raymond W
Townsville, Australia4,558 contributions
Feb 2011 • Couples
Candi Badut is one of East Java's smallest ancient temples, but it does surpass all the others on one criterion: age. This temple dates to the 8th century AD, making it 400 to 500 years older than the other temples in the Malang area. It has been the subject of much speculation, as it is absolutely unique in East Java in resembling a Central Javanese temple. It has been suggested that maybe the builders of this temple were refugees from religious strife elsewhere.

On a more practical note, this temple poses a few challenges. First, it sees few visitors and may even be locked up when you arrive. Finding the key-holder can prove a bothersome and time-consuming business. Furthermore, it can hard to find, as few people have heard of it, even in Malang. So maybe this little temple is for history buffs only.
Written October 7, 2011
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Ermin C
Quezon City, Philippines1,070 contributions
Oct 2014 • Solo
Candi Badut, situated - just like most Indonesian candi around Malang - in a built-up suburban area surrounded by houses, and in this case, a warehouse; is an odd-ball out of the temples surrounding Malang. It harks back to an earlier style more typical of Central Java - like Plaosan. It is said to be one of the oldest if not the oldest temple in the Malang area. The temple is roofless now, though the neatly piled stones give hope for a better restoration. Inside is a treat - a lingam-yoni combination in situ. Outside is a high relief showing Shiva. When I visited, it was after lunch, and I was the only visitor, so the sense of being left alone with an ancient temple is, after the circus of Borobudur, worth its weight in gold. No hawkers, just a little-known relic from the past surrounded by the burgeoning present.
Written November 4, 2014
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Suus F
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands4 contributions
Mar 2012 • Solo
Try renting a bike, at Helios transport they have good bikes for reasonable prices. Ask them about the route and you will have a very nice trip which will be very rewarding once you get up there. I was there when there was a Hindu-ceremony going on.

Written March 28, 2012
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gondel g
Jakarta, Indonesia106 contributions
this was one of my playground when i was a child. as i remember at that time this temple sorrounded by small forest and big empty land around it. now everything is totally different, the temple stay at it is but not it sourounded by housing complex. i think this temple should be preserved very soon or we will lost it.
Written August 25, 2012
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Freyjudagr
75 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
That said, this temple is located pretty close to Malang's city centre, only 5 km away. I used Waze app to get there, but somehow the temple was quite difficult to find. I had to go back and forth on the same street only to realise that the temple was kinda tucked away behind housing complex. The road led to the temple was rocky and in poor condition. No parking space so you just park your ride (I rode motorbike) under the shade from the factory-like building next to the temple area.

I visited the temple on a Sunday afternoon and there was no guard there, only a book where you state who you are and when you visit the temple. First thing I noticed was how well taken care of the garden was. However, the info board was not (as you can see on my photo). I read the info about the temple on National Library website. Info such as the temple was found in 1923 and the restoration took place in 1925-1926, the temple also known as Liswa Temple, and archaeologists thought that the temple was built around 760 under the order of King Gajayana (or also known as The Liswa, thus the temple's another name) from Kanjuruhan Kingdom.

The temple itself is well-preserved, minus the roof, and it has lingga and yoni in situ. You can also see the carvings on the temple's walls although only fragments. The low point though, so many vandalism acts on the temple’s walls and floors, even on its in situ lingga. I hope people would care more about their heritage and not damaging the temple.
Written August 20, 2017
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Mustawan
Malang, Indonesia31 contributions
Apr 2015 • Family
Candi badut have another name, that's Liswa temple. It's find at 1923. Near from malang, and located at the middle of village. More statue was broken, but u can see the main construction still good
Written September 1, 2015
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DJ Adityo
Montreal, Canada233 contributions
Jun 2015 • Solo
I enjoyed the way there from Malang. I used my iPhone/ 3g/ google map. Nice ride and nice to see little places where people live. It was a very colorful ride. I went there as a first step on my Hindu ruins exploration.The driving is not so dangerous in comparison to Vietnam or India.
Written June 29, 2015
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Denise095
Canberra, Australia295 contributions
Apr 2012 • Friends
This is a surprisingly nice and interesting little temple, worth a visit
Written April 17, 2012
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Richard Taralalu
Jakarta, Indonesia128 contributions
Apr 2019 • Solo
The location is not that far from Malang however the ambience is good; it is quieter then Singosari’s.
Written April 24, 2019
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Amitantri
Jakarta, Indonesia357 contributions
May 2018 • Solo
It is one of oldest candi in East Java built in the 7th century to give respect to Risi Agastya. There is not much left now, but the energy is rather strong here. Badut comes from Sanskrit word Bya-dhut, which is connected to the Canopus star, the beam of Canopus star, the beam of Agastya.
Written May 26, 2018
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