Malang is not too big, but there are quite a lot of things to see and do there. In this post I’m going to tell you about Alun-alun Tugu, Candi Badut, and indoor playgrounds.
This is Alun-alun Tugu, a small park right in the middle of the city. The white building in the background is the city hall.
Alun-alun means square, and tugu means monument. The monument is in the middle of a pond full of water lilies. Too bad the flowers were not in bloom when we were there.
This is Candi Badut, a small Hindu temple that is said to be the oldest in East Java. It was built in the eighth century, during the reign of King Gajayana from Kanjuruhan kingdom.
The ruins of the temple were found in 1921 and the temple was rebuilt soon after. It is now surrounded by houses, as you can see in this picture below. You wouldn’t be able to see the temple from the street.
We walked around the temple a bit, and took some photos….
The garden around the temple is clean and well maintained.
You can visit the temple between 8 am to 3 pm. Entry to the temple is free, but a small donation would be very much appreciated!
Another thing that we did in Malang was to go to indoor playgrounds. There are several indoor playgrounds in malls across Malang, and they are all nice and cheap! We’ve been to all of them, but our favourite is the one in Malang Town Square, or Matos.
Only Rp. 35,000 (around SGD 3) per hour, per kid, and look what they can do there…. So much fun!