Malang, Paris of East Java

Hullo! We know we don’t post here very often. Been busy these weeks! ><

So now we’re gonna talk about Malang. We do have some reasons why we want to talk about Malang. First, we study in this city. Now, we’re sophomores in International Relations Department, Faculty of Social and Political Science, University of Brawijaya. And our campus is in Malang. So we think that it’s gonna be awesome if we talk about it. Second, if we didn’t talk about Malang, people wouldn’t know about those amazing things in here. But don’t worry, we’re also gonna post about the other places (Indonesia has a lot of great places to visit!), but for now, let’s just enjoy this city :3

Map of Java

What do you know about Malang? Its apples? Its Mountains? Or even its history? Whatever it is, you have to know that there are many things to discover. Do you like hiking? Or going to the beach? Or going for a culinary tour? Or historical building? We have it all!

Malang is located in East Java. Malang is the second biggest city in East Java. However, it’s not a really big city, yet there are lot of places and things to discover in this city. Some people call it ‘Paris of East Java’.

In the ancient times, Malang used to be ruled by two kingdoms: Kanjuruhan Kingdom and Singosari Kingdom. Malang Regency also used to be an important place when Mataram Hindu Kingdom ruled. Also, there are some temples in Malang, built when those kingdoms ruled, such as Candi Badut, Candi Kidal and Candi Jago. We’re not gonna tell you the stories about it now (it’s gonna take forever for you to read this post if I tell the whole stories). But don’t worry, we’re gonna post about it later. Promise.

Ok, back to the topic. So yes, Malang was ruled by some kingdoms (they were powerful kingdoms by the way). Malang also used to be ruled by the Dutch and the Japanese. But, it looks like the Dutch had given more influence more than the Japanese did.

On 1767, the Dutch started to rule Malang. Due to its cool weather, Malang was the popular destination for the Dutch and other Europeans during the Dutch colonization.

On March 8th, 1942, the Japanese took Malang from the Dutch. The Japanese ruled Malang until 1945. The Dutch then re-colonized Malang again. The Dutch really had influenced Malang, especially its architecture. We’re gonna post more about it later 😉

A house at Ijen street, Malang. So Dutch, isn’t it? 😉

Anyway, we’re gonna say this again: Malang has a lot of places to visit and you can do a lot of interesting things in here, such as hiking, swimming, sight seeing, shopping, culinary tour and so on.

Bromo National Park

So, are you interested? I bet you are! 😀

You are very welcome here in Malang!

To go to Malang, you can go by

By Plane

Malang’s Abdul Rachman Saleh Airport (MLG) is a small airport with a few flights everyday from Jakarta on Garuda Indonesia, Sriwijaya Air, and Batavia Air. Regional airline Wings Air have launched a new route, serving Malang, East Java, and Denpasar, Bali

In addition to MLG Airport, Malang can also be reached through Surabaya Juanda Airport (SUB),and take a train or bus service to Malang.

By Car

Malang is about 100 km south of Surabaya; 2-3 hr via the Surabaya-Gempol highway.

By Bus

There are frequent bus services into Malang’s Arjosari bus station from Bungarasih bus terminal in Surabaya. Non AC from Probolinggo 14,000.

By Train

Overnight train services link Jakarta and Bandung, to Malang. There are several train services a day from Surabaya. One advantage to arriving in Malang by train is that the station is much more central than the long-distance bus terminals. (Malang Travel Guide – Wikitravel t.thn.)



About Malang. (diakses November 27, 2012).

About Malang Regency – The Cool Regency in East Java. (diakses November 27, 2012).

Malang Travel Guide – Wikitravel. (diakses November 27, 2012).

want to learn the history of Malang? | Vacadi Adventure | (diakses November 27, 2012).


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