Once, I read a quote that eventually become very influential for me.
“Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off-balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” — Cesare Pavese
I have never been to Malang and always interested to go – especially after many invitation from a dear friend whose several picture I used for this article ;D. After planning for accommodation in hotel staying at a friend house and start to explore Malang City. Here’s my plan itinerary when visiting Malang city.
10 Best Things to do in Malang
I receive this information after reading through one of my friend blog Debbzie who’s living in Malang.
Masjid Tiban or according to Indonesian it means “suddenly there”. The saying goes that this mosque appears suddenly in the area where locals never know when the construction begin. While googling I found some interesting stories which I’m not sure if its true or not (creepy much?).
According to Wikipedia, this grand mosque built without the knowledge of locals and built by mystical creature (we, Indonesian call it Jin) in just 1 day.
After confirmation with the people inside the mosque, it says Masjid Tiban is a complex for Pesantren Salafiyah Bihaaru Bahri. The word “Pesantren” basically a school similar to boarding school for muslim only. Consist of 10 floors, visitors can explore Masjid Tiban using stairs of lift. You would see ethnic ornament inspired from Arab architecture style, with gold platted wall in most of the corridor and room. On the top floor you can see the beautiful view surrounds the mosque area.
Location: Masjid Tiban, Malang.
Goa China Beach
This hidden gem is one of local tourist destination in East Java. The beach is apart of South Java beach coastline which locates in Malang. Similar with Pantai Selatan or South Java beach, visitors are warned with the high waves and rocky corals, hence swim or surfing is a big no no. There is an entry fee of IDR 4,000 – 5000 (approx. USD 50cents).
Upon arriving, you would see 3 beautiful islands surrounds the beach; Pulau Bantengan (Bantengan Island), Pulau Goa China (Goa China Island), and Pulau Nyonya (Nyonya Island).
Location: Goa China Beach, Malang
It’s a street. Yes. Ijen Boulevard is a part of Indonesia’s history.
Back in the old days, where the Dutch still colonize Indonesia, Malang governor Ir EA Voonerman (1923 – 1933) aggressively construct Malang city. Ijen Boulevard would be his masterpiece. With the help of a Dutch engineer, Ir. Herman Thomas Karsten, they plan to make a breakthrough by changing the city housing landscape.
Karsten was one of the main town planning consultant who’s responsible for several landscape of Indonesia’s town; Semarang, Buitenzorg (now Bogor), Madiun, Malang, Batavia (Jakarta), Magelang, Bandung, Cirebon, Jatinegara (part of Jakarta), Yogyakarta, Surakarta, Purwokerto, Padang, Medan, and Banjarmasin (more info on Ir Herman Thomas Karsten: here)
Now, Ijen Boulevard still one of the visited are for tourist. You can see the old Dutch houses and many Bougenville flowers and Plam trees sourrounding the area. Tourist can visit the Brawijaya Army Museum with its collections of old weapon used in the independence war. By the way, checkout Ijen Boulevard on Sunday, there’s car-free-day.
Location: Ijen Boulevard, Malang
Museum Angkut is considered a new tourist attraction.Thanks to Jawa Timur Park Group to be the initiator. At Museum Angkut you will see various of and transportation from around the world – from vintage to modern.
Most of these are imported straight from the country such as USA, Germany, UK, and many more. Now, Museum Angkut has more than 300 vehicles to show visitors. The museum is divided into 10 zones; Main Hall, Education, Sunda Kelapa & Batavia, Gangster & Broadway Street, Europe, Buckingham Palace (must see the LandRover car used by Queen Elizabeth), Las Vegas, Pasar Apung (Floating Market), and D’Topeng Kingdom (Mask Kingdom) showing Indonesian cultural heritage.
My dear friend already check out the museum, check her review on her blog: here.
- Location: Museum Angkut, Malang.
- Opening hours: 12 pm – 20 pm
- Price: From IDR 60,000 to IDR 70,000 on weekday and from IDR 80,000 to IDR 90,000 on weekend.
Toko “OEN” is one among of the oldest family owned restaurants that is still being run and managed by the direct descendants of the founders. It was originally begun in around 1910 in Yogyakarta by Mrs. Liem Gien Nio (Grandma Oen / (Dutch: “Oma Oen”), wife of Mr. Oen Tjoen Hok (Grandpa Oen / Dutch: “Opa Oen”).
Toko Oen name has literal meaning of “Oen’s Cookies Store”. Located in Jalan Jendral Basuki, this vintage restaurant has been one of the icons of Malang. Many generations have come to taste the classic Dutch Colonial style menu; The Uitsmijter, Huzarensalade, Kaasstengels, nostalgic tutti-frutti and many more; people are coming to relieve the taste of the old days.
Location: Toko Oen, Malang
Alun – alun Tugu Malang
When I try to check nearby places with my application for traveling from the phone, the map showed me Alun –alun. After googling it, I found that Alun – Alun is similar to a square, where it’s a round vast empty land. Whilst, Tugu can be translated as Monument. This area was built by the Dutch when Malang was still being colonize. At that time, it was an open simple park and not surrounded by fences. Alun – Alun purpose was to complement the Dutch governer building.
Location: Alun-alun Tugu Malang
Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park (Mount Bromo)
Mount Bromo is an active volcano and part of the Tengger massif, in East Java, Indonesia. At 2,329 metres (7,641 ft) it is not the highest peak of the massif, but is the most well-known. The massif area is one of the most visited tourist attractions in East Java, Indonesia. The volcano belongs to the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. The name of Bromo derived from Javanese pronunciation of Brahma, the Hindu creator god.
To reach Mount Bromo, you can fly to Juanda International Airport in Surabaya. Then, continue with a 2 to 3 hours journey using a travel agent or drive through the Surabaya-Pasuruan- Wonokitri-Mount Bromo route. It is highly recommended if you leave Surabaya by midnight in order to make in time for sunrise. Other solution is to stay overnight at Prigen, Tretes.
At the Bromo you can use ponies to take you across the sand to go to the bottom of the steep stair leads to the crater.
Read also: Hiking Mount Papandayan, West Java.
Candi Singhasari (Singhasari Temple)
Located in Candirenggo vilagge (approx. 10KM from Malang city) at 512 m above sea level, Candi Singhasari is of the remains from Singhasari Kingdom. Upon visiting you can see another temple nearby called Candi Sumberawan located on the foothill of Mount Arjuna. There you will see rice field hills along the way to the temple.
Pulau Sempu (Sempu Island)
Sempu Island is an 877 hectare conservatory in East java. Located around 80KM from the city of Malang. To reach the island you must reach Pantai Sendang Biru (Sendang Biru beach) first. The approximate travel time to Sendang Biru beach is 2 to 3 hours drive. Then, continue by boat to get to Teluk Semut (Semut Bay) in Sempu Island. Do not forget you need to have permission to visit Sempu Island.
On the island, there won’t be any accommodation hence you need to camp. It is recommended if you only want to a day trip, to let the boat people know and do not forger to save the boatman phone number.
Location: Sempu Island, Malang.
Batu Night Spectacular Malang
A night market focus for the family. There are many attractions rides such as night market, haunted house, game room, karaoke room, Go Kart area, and more. Visitor must purchase entry fee of IDR 20,000 (USD 20cents) on weekday or IDR 30,000 (USD 30cents) on weekend/high season to visit the place.
Location: Batu Night Spectacular, Malang.