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“Looking for an architectural achievements? Forget it! If you're looking for history, here's the place to go!”
Review of Sumberawan Temple

Sumberawan Temple
Ranked #31 of 161 things to do in Malang
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

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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Reviewed January 6, 2013

It should be an evidence of Singosari Kingdom hundreds years ago. Local myth says that clouds arround Singosari is coming from this temple. Word of 'Sumberawan' formed from 'Sumber [source]' and 'Awan [cloud]'; it might be Indonesian and or Javanese language.

I believe the temple is tall enough as others near by. But, the fact at hold on the surface. Some of the stones structure split, and some of them is broken.

The past won't overtake the present.
[part of "The Phantom Agony" lyrics, by Epica]

Thank wisma_bhayu
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

As titled above.. The temple itself was not a big and magnificent one.. Just one little stupa.. But the best thing of all is the scenery.. Starts from the entrance in the road, you'll see a beautiful rice terrace.. A small river flows on your side.. Children play and running along the path.. The path itself is quite narrow, so you better be careful when a motorbike passing you..
Quite worth a walk..

Thank Maria V
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Reviewed August 12, 2012

This is clearly one of the lesser of Java's temples and would barely be worth mentioning but for the location. This little Buddhist stupa, made from volcanic stone, dates back some 600 years and was clearly a marker for a freshwater spring, which has continued to flow until the present day.

The real reason to come here is for the walk to the spring and temple from the main road. It takes you along the clear mountain stream which runs from the spring, with groves of bamboo on one side and vivid green rice paddies on the other. The pretty countryside scenery makes a visit here worthwhile. It is easily combined with a trip to nearby Candi Singosari, the area's best temple complex.

1  Thank Raymond W
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Reviewed July 27, 2012

This little Buddhist stupa is far from being one of Java's great temples. It is only three or four metres tall and is not a patch on nearby Candi Singosari, for instance, let alone the mighty Prambanan. A marker for a small natural spring, it nonetheless does offer an insight into Java's religious past; there was a time when the welling up of spring water suggested the creative power of the Hindu gods here.

The main reason to come here today is for the lovely stroll alongside a fresh, bamboo-lined mountain stream (still used for bathing by villagers). The vivid green rice paddies and relaxed rural atmosphere are most pleasing.

1  Thank Raymond W
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