It's just a stupa. A five metre stupa that will make you yawn if you don't know the story behind it. Hidden in the middle of a pine forest, located near several water springs, you have to walk for 250 metres through a small path next to a clear irrigation canal where you can get to see magnificent view of terraced paddy field along the way. The problem is, it's 5 Kms away from the main road, so forget it if you plan to go there by walking. It's just not worth it. However, if you're travelling by motorbike or motorbike taxi (Rp 10.000), you might want to give it a try.
Why is it so far from the centre of the ancient kingdom of Singasari? Why is it so well hidden. A friend of mine who is an archaeologist told me that Sumberawan Temple is a purifying temple. It is situated in the middle of a spring water complex so that it blesses the water, converting it into some kind of holy water. It is the heart of the kingdom. The water source. The one you want to hide from the enemy, because once the enemy seize it, they will most definitely poison it, killing the people, cattles, and most importantly, their microcosmos.
The place is a living place. You'll get to see people pray for fertility by swimming naked at night in one of the springs, flowers, incense burning, and so much more. Yet again, it's just a stupa. If you're looking for an architectural achievements, forget it. There, you're looking for a history. A living culture that have been persisting for almost a millenium.
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