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Malang, Indonesia

Malang Bandara Abdul Rachman SalehBandara Abdul Rachman Saleh, Malang

Malang is the second largest city in East Java province and the fourth largest city in Indonesia. It has an ancient history dating back to the Mataram Kingdom. The city population at the present time is around 1.5 million, and the population of the urban area is 2 million. The total population is therefore around 3.5 million. During the period of Dutch colonization, it was a popular destination for European residents. The city is famous for its cool air and the surrounding country regions of Tumpang, Batu, Singosari, and Turen.

The name of Malang is taken from a temple namely Malang Kucecwara. The name of the temple is now applied to the motto of Malang. Malang Kucecwara literally means God has destroyed the false and enforced the right. Location of the temple is supposesedly located near modern Malang.  But in modern Indonesian, Malang means “unfortunate”, it’s not related to Malang’s etymology.

Malang is served by the Abdul Rachman Saleh Airport, a domestic airport with flights to Jakarta.

Malang KotaPart view of Kota Malang

Malang, one of the cleanest and coolest cities in East Java has, without any doubt, been famous since a long time ago. Historical remnants are scattered around Malang Regency showing that it has played important role in many eras.

The Regency of Malang borders on Blitar and Kediri Regencies in the West, Jombang, Mojokerto and Pasuruan in the North, Probolinggo and Lumajang Regencies in the East and Indonesian Ocean in the South.

Malang Regency has 7 Districts, 1 Administrative Town, 35 Sub Districts, 16 Ward Administrative Units and 390 Urban Villages.

Malang Bundaran KotaOne of many beautifully landscaped circle or  “bundaran” in Kota Malang 

Malang Jalan IjenWell kept and beautiful “Bundaran” at Jalan Ijen

Malang, which is noted as one of the most fascinating towns in East Java, lies 90 kms away to the south from Surabaya, the capital city of the province. It is really a nice place to stay. Malang has now become the educational, industrial, cultural as well as tourist centre. 

Malang Universitas BrawijayaThe tallest building and in campus of Universitas Brawijaya, Malang

A large number of schools, ranging from elementary and secondary schools to universities, indicate the town as an outstanding centre of education.Thousands of students from all over East Java and even those from other provinces flock to the town to study either in private or public schools. 


Malang Masjid AR Fachrudin Uni MuhammadiyyahMosque AR Fachrudin in Universitas Muhammadiyyah, Malang. 

Malang Masjid AR Fachruddin Uni Muhammadiyyah [2]Another view of Mosque AR Fachrudin


Malang Masjid AR Fachruddin Uni Muhammadiyyah [3]Mehrab of Mosque AR Fachrudin.  Universitas Muhammadiyyah, Malang where you can meet many international students 

In the mean time, a wide range of companies – some of which are the big Bentoel cigarette company which is quite popular among the ASEAN countries as well as European countries, Penamas cigarette company, coconut oil factory, ‘Topeng’ or Mask handicraft at the villages of Jabung and Kedungmonggo have become a familiar landmark in Malang Regency, showing evidently that the city is really an industrial centre. 

Malang Restaurant Ikan BakarInterior of restaurant that serves the best “Ikan Bakar” (Grill Fish) 

Malang Restaurant Ikan Bakar 1There are many restaurant in Malang but my friend insist this is the best restaurant that serves Grilled Fish

As a centre of tourism, Malang has a lot of places of interest which are classified into local, regional, national and international standards, including traditional dance performances such as Tari Topeng (Mask dance), Jaran Pegon, Tari Beskalan (Beskalan Dance), etc.

Malang still has a lot of tourism objects that will attract you to visit it. Coban Rondo waterfall, Wonosari tea plantation, Wendit pool, mount Kawi, mount Bromo panorama, Coban Pelangi waterfall, Karangkates recreation park, and the others, are Malang’s interesting places that presents their nature scenery.




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