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One of the largest cities on the island of Java, Malang is home to over a million people. Malang was once the second biggest city in Java, and it was the center of government of the Kanjuruhan and Singhasari Kingdoms. When the Dutch colonized Java in the 17th century, Malang became a popular destination for the foreigners, owing to its cool climate. Traces of Western influence are apparent, including a number of early 20th century Christian churches.
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The arts center hosts a wide variety of programs for traditional dance, carving, batik-making, and puppetry. Some of the dancers here have been training in the arts since they were children.
Colonial Walking Tour
Talk a stroll around the city and see the beautiful Dutch colonial homes, which lend the city a nostalgic flavor. Alternatively, visitors may consider using becaks or pedicabs, as a means of transportation around the city.
Brawijaya Military Museum
The Brawijaya Military Museum shows off the interesting history of Indonesia’s armed forces. There are items dating back to the post-World War II era, as well as the anti-communist turmoil of the 1960s and 1970s.
Dating back to the 1300s, Singosari Temple is a remnant from a time when the area was predominantly Hindu. Located 5-6 miles (10 kilometers) from Malang, the temple was never finished.
After visiting the Singosari Temple, head for the bathing pools which are located at Ken Dedes. There are beautiful statues to be found, and visitors will note that the pools were a part of the royal court. Within are ancient relics from Singosari's Hindu past, including a collection of statues, among them dwarapalas, fierce guardians from Hindu lore.
Though not recommended for swimming because of dangerous surf, the area is popular because of the sand and the beautiful surroundings.
Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park
Declared a national park in 1982, Bromo Tengger Semeru is a series of mountains, calderas, and volcanoes – some of which, such as Mount Semeru, are still active. Trekking and hiking are popular activities here, and at the base of the volcanoes lie rice fields – both fertilized and destroyed by the periodic eruptions that wrack the area.
All fine things in life deserve time. Indonesia is no exception, and after a whole month of this epic journey, you'll want even more. Fly, ride, drive and boat your way around, stopping off to say hi to the inquisitive orangutans of Borneo, hiking past the dragons of Komodo Island and navigating the majestic volcanoes of Java.
Spend 3 days trekking through some of Indonesia’s most rugged and spectacular terrain. You’ll check out the majestic Mt Igen and Mt Bromo, one on foot, and the other on horseback, and take in the incredible panoramas offered by these iconic peaks, while staying in luxury East Java hotels.
Set in a beautifully restored Dutch colonial mansion, Tugu Malang is filled with antiques and artworks to give it a charming and intimate old-world feel. This boutique property has just 49 rooms, all with complimentary Wi-Fi, satellite TV, DVD player, free newspapers and tea/coffee facilities. The Tugu hosts a number of restaurants, including the upscale Melati Restaurant, which serves Indonesian delicacies, Dutch Colonial fare, and <i>Peranakan</i>, or Chinese Malaysian fare; the romantic Silk Road, a private-room, reservation-only dining experience; an upmarket, refined Javanese tea house; an elegant wine shop and bar; and a bakery. Other amenities include a business center, outdoor swimming pool, meeting room, full-service spa, and a luxury jewelry boutique. The Tugu Malang lies approximately 26 minutes from Malang’s airport.