Welcome to Gunung Lawu
History has it that when Majapahit fell to Islam, the Hindu elite all fled east to Bali; Javanese lore, by contrast, claims that Brawijaya V, the last king of Majapahit, went west. Brawijaya’s son, Raden Patah, was the leader of Demak and led the conquering forces of Islam against Majapahit; rather than fight his own son, Brawijaya retreated to Gunung Lawu to seek spiritual enlightenment. There he achieved nirvana as Sunan Lawu, and today pilgrims come to the mountain to seek his spiritual guidance or attain magic powers.
The area surrounding Gunung Lawu is very attractive, with rice, tea and potato fields covering the mountain slopes in neat terraces.