Blitar, The Land from Ancient Kingdom
Blitar is not just a historical footnote as the ancestral home and burial place of Sukarno. Thankfully bypassed by the rapid, unchecked development of other places in East Java, the tranquil area boasts a refreshing small town charm and the most outstanding Hindu temple in the province.
Blitar regency is settled in southern end of East Java, it has direct border with Kediri in the north, Hindia Ocean in South, Tulungagung in west and Malang in East. Geographically, Blitar is located in the foot of Kelud Mountain, the strato Volcano Mountain that still active until today.
The existence of Kelud Mountain brings a lot of good influence for the fertility of Blitar soil. Local people use this opportunity for the plantation of rice, tobacco and vegetables in their field. In fact, Blitar is also one of the best producers of tobacco in Indonesia and been exist since Dutch colonization in 17 Century. However, the increasing of economic in Blitar is determined by the successful or the failure of tobacco production.
In addition to Kelud Mountain, Brantas River also has an important role in Blitar. Brantas River is the longest river in East Java after Bengawan Solo and becomes the important river since the ancient kingdoms from the past like Singosari, Majapahit and Kediri Kingdom.
Looking at the historical background, Blitar lies during the important evolution since the kingdom from the past had their glory until today’s modernization becomes. Hence, there are numbers of historical buildings and tourism destinations that worth to be visited in matter of traveling and education.
Falling into history and stumbling upon ancient relics is what is in store for you when you take a journey to the far east of Java. The 80km stretch from Malang to Blitar reveals weathered stone shrines and alluring temples from the Majapahit Kingdom, which ruled eastern Java from 1293 to the 1500s.
Here are some of the best places to visit in Blitar
One exquisite structure, the largest ancient and the most important Hindu temple in East Java, Candi Penataran, can be found just 12 kilometres from the township of Blitar on the lower slopes of Mt. Kelud, and for something totally different you can arrange a candlelight dinner on the grounds of this beautiful temple.
It said that this temple was dedicated to the Siva and used for at least three hundred years, from the 12th to 15th centuries. Most of the buildings, which can be seen today, however, were constructed during Majapahit’s golden century.
Candi Sawentar is located in Sawentar Village, Kanigoro sub-district, Blitar. This temple is indicating a complex, where there are many of ruins that made from bricks around the main temple. It was build around Majapahit era and it made by Andesit stone that has 9,52 meter long, 6,86 meter wide and 10, 65 meter high.
Plumbangan Temple is located near to Wlingi district, in the middle of Plumbangan village, Doko district. Actually, this site is not a temple, but a gate similar to Jedong temple. This temple lettered built in 1312 (1390 A.D). This site has entrance and trapezium roof. At first sight, Plumbangan temple looks like Niche that pinch the entrance of Kidal temple.
This site surrounded by many resident houses and located near to Malang – Blitar highway. According to its key keeper, there was a Buddha temple here. But now on, it never use for religion activity anymore. He very pleasure to receive many visitors here, because both foreign and domestic tourist are rarely visit the temple.
Even though it’s only ruins, historically the Simping Temple is one of the most important temples in Indonesia’s ancient time. It’s the temple where the founder of Majapahit Empire – Raden Wijaya was spiritually memorialized. Yes, this is the very same Raden Wijaya who drove the Mongolian Army into the sea. Ever since then he became the first king of Majapahit. It was written in the Book of Negarakrtagama that Raden Wijaya was memorialized as the Harihara Statue which is now being kept in the National Museum of Indonesia in Jakarta. People consider the Simping Temple is the most sacred temple after the Panataran Temple.
Blitar is the Land Where Kings Reside, so we can find another temple as a memorial to the king. Which one? It’s written in the Book of Negarakrtagama that the first king of Singhasari named Ken Arok was spiritually memorialized in Kagenengan – the other name of Kalicilik. This is also mentioned in Sir Stamford Raffles’s book “the History of Java”. Ken Arok who had the title “Sri Rajasa” was the founder of the Singhasari Kingdom. He seized power with bloodshed, and then married Ken Dedes from whose womb descended the great kings of Nusantara (ancient Indonesia) for centuries later.
Judging by the looks, this temple is not so interesting. Aside from that the area is quite small, the remaining artifacts are not in good shape. At a glance, the Mleri Temple looks like an ordinary ancient cemetery. But who knows if this temple is the place where the third king of Singhasari – Ranggawuni, was spiritually memorialized? It’s written in the Book of Negarakrtagama that Ranggawuni who then given the title “Wisnuwardhana” was memorialized as the statue of Shiva in Waleri (or Mleri). Local people consider this place as sacred and sometimes people come here at night to pray and ask something they need to the unseen.
Jolosutro beach is located in Ringenrejo village, Wates district about 45 km from Blitar city. This beach is one of Blitar beaches as part of the South Sea. Jolosutro beach has very beautiful south beach, the waves that splashing in the sea make this beach become more interesting to be visited. Many tourists who want to refresh their mind are commonly visit this natural beach. They can swim, sun bathing, fishing, canoeing or just taking a walk along the beach.
Tambakrejo Beach is located about 30 km from Blitar city, in Tambakrejo village, Wonotirto district, Blitar. In this location, in every first Suro (the new year in Java calendar) is performed “Larung Sesaji” ceremony, and visited by thousands people from elsewhere.
Desa Wisata Sukowati offers a number of eco-tours including water-rafting, nature walks and also paintball excursions. They are located near the village of Plumbangan, about 45 minutes away from Blitar.
Gebang Palace is one of historical buildings in Blitar, that related to the first Indonesian President of Soekarno. This is a house that becomes the main home during Soekarno’s childhood and school break. Gebang Palace is located at Jl. Sultan Agung No. 57, 59 and 61, Gerit Bendo village, Sanan Wetan District. After the dead of Soekarno, the house is not open to the public, because it is managed by the heirs or relatives over Bung Karno. However, since the government of Blitar and East Java provincial government took over the house by bought it from Mrs. Soekarmini Wardoyo (Soekarno’s relative) for Rp. 35 Billion, then Gebang Palace is now open for public.
BLITAR is an acronym for “Bhumi Laya Ika Tantra Adhi Raja”, which means “the Land Where Kings Reside”. There are five kings buried here: Ken Arok (1st king of Singhasari), Anusapati (2nd king of Singhasari), Ranggawuni (4th king of Singhasari), Raden Wijaya (1st king of Majapahit), and Sukarno (1st president of Indonesia).
Not only is Blitar charming because of its historical significance, but also for its culture and its natural exoticism. Visiting Blitar is worth it for your traveling experience. If you want to understand Indonesia, you need to know about Blitar. We are Miss June Cultural Center is the best place for you to learn about Blitar and Indonesian Culture.
[source: blitar tourism blogspot, indonesia expat, indonesia.com,
Indonesian Cultural Programs dan Homestay
Do you want to learn more of Indonesian culture? Do you want to learn more than Indonesian language?
Miss June Cultural Center is an Indonesian language and cultural school in Blitar. Located in Blitar, East Java, the city of many beautiful cultures and temples; well known as tourist destination and the hometown of the First President of Indonesia, Soekarno.
We are the Official Partner and working together with the local government institution, Blitar District Cultural Council offers Indonesian Cultural Programs dan Homestay.
Miss June Cultural Center offers many benefits in one package, including bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian Language) courses, outdoor programs, bahasa Indonesia for kids, cross-cultural awareness training, Blitar and East Java trips, and homestay accommodation.
Miss June Cultural Center, Blitar – East Java, provides you with more fun and chances to learn some cultural skills:
1. Javanese Language Class
Javanese is the local language spoken in Blitar, East Java. Speaking Javanese, you own a means of friendly communication with a wider range of local people, and you will get more understanding of Javanese culture. Alam Bahasa Indonesia provides courses of Javanese for communication, both at the ordinary level (the ngoko language) and the higher level (the krama language).
2. Cooking Course
More than 20 Indonesian dishes to practice! Spend just 2-3 hours to master the new skill of making 2-3 Indonesian dishes!
3. Batik Painting Course
Paint your imagination on a sheet of cotton using traditional tools and coloring. Our teacher will guide and assist you to create a beautiful art work of Batik Painting.
4. Traditional Dancing Course
Not only watching, you can do that yourself. Have the course and have a new skill.
Indonesian Cultural Programs dan Homestay
Courses / Programs :
- Bahasa Indonesia For Communication:
– Bahasa Indonesia for Specific Purposes: Forestry; Office/Business; Diplomats; Flight Attendants
– Bahasa Indonesia for Kids
– Javanese Language Course
- Bahasa Indonesia & Outdoor Programs – Packages of in-class and out-class activities of learning Bahasa Indonesia
- Cross-Cultural Understanding Workshop
- Living-in: A 5-day – 2 weeks stay in a village with of intensive bahasa Indonesia course and cultural activities, or in a beautiful coffee plantation resort; tailored programs.
- Living-in: 1 week stay in a beautiful Dutch colonial coffee plantation. Here, Not only known for coffee education, this place also offers cultural-tourism with its Blitar culture museum. You should not miss one of Sukarno’s painting masterpieces: “the Woman in White”. And don’t forget to taste the original coffee of Blitar while enjoying the oldies music of the independence era.
- Trips – Trips in Blitar and the surroundings; tailored programs.
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