Candi Singosari

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Situated right in the village of Singosari, 12km north of Malang, this temple stands 500m off the main Malang–Surabaya road. This temple – one of the last monuments erected to the Singosari dynasty – was built in 1304 in honour of King Kertanegara, the fifth and last Singosari king, who died in 1292 in a palace uprising. The main structure of the temple was completed, but for some reason the sculptors never finished their task. Only the top part has any ornamentation and the kala heads have been left strangely stark. Of the statues that once inhabited the temple’s chambers, only the statue of Agastya (the Shivaite teacher who, legend has it, walked across the water to Java) remains. Statues of Durga and Ganesha that were in the temple are now exhibited in the National Museum in Jakarta. Locals visit this temple to meditate and leave offerings of flower petals.

About 200m beyond the temple are two enormous figures of dwarapala (guardians against evil spirits) wearing clusters of skulls and twisted serpents.

To reach Singosari, take a green angkot (4000Rp) from Malang’s Arjosari bus terminal and get off at the Singosari market on the highway.