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Batu, Indonesia

Batu MosqueOne of beautiful grand mosque (masjid jamek) in Batu.

Batu is a city located in East Java, Indonesia. Formerly, it was a part of Malang regency; but in 2001, Batu became an independent city with its own mayor and city council. 

A population of 170,000 people, it mostly consists of Javanese and Madurese ethnics. The town used to be a recreation place for the Dutch colonial officers in the Dutch colonial area (before 1945).

Batu ResidentialScenery view in residential area at Jl. Flamboyan, Batu.

Batu Residential [2]Now you can only witnessed the wall bearing the marks of shots by team Densus 88 on Wednesday, 9 November 2005.  Many people from Indonesia and Malaysia visited this place at Jl. Flamboyan II, A-7 Kelurahan Songgokerto Batu.


Batu tourist resort and the vicinity, offering a breathtaking view and a breezy atmosphere, is said to be the hill resort where tourists can take a’ rest to regain freshness and new spirit.  In the vicinity of Batu, scattering places of interest have so far attracted many visitors due to the distinctive features found in every tourist resort in the area such as: Songgoriti which is famous for its curative thermal spring, while Selecta is naturally famous for its swimming pool, impressive view of fruit market and fresh vegetables as well as flower kiosts along the street – side leading to the bathing side.

Pegunungan [1]Pegunungan area where the weather a little cooler than Malang.  You can find special grilled corn here and not forget to get hot coffee too.

Pegunungan [2]A view of residential from Pegunungan area.

Accommodation and its facilities scattering here and there such as star hotels, inns, villas, restaurants, souvenir shops, streetside stalls, play – grounds and swimming pools are available. This fascinating tourist object of Batu is located approximately 20 km to the north from west Malang. 

Batu Restaurant [5]Scene inside a restaurat in Batu. 

Batu Restaurant [1]Pond of koi fish, with a chilly water free flowing from the hilly area. 

Batu Restaurant [2]A breathtaking and relaxing view, where you unwind after a long journey up here 

Batu Restaurant [3]While waiting food to be served you can play with koi fish 

Batu Restaurant [4]Now food is ready.  Its really delicious from “Lesehan Warung Bambu”. 

Batu Apple drinkApple drink.  The famous drink produce of Batu, Indonesia.

Apple tree in Indonesia (especially in Malang) began to be known about the year 1908 before Indonesia proclaimed the independence. The Ducth was the first people who brought it, and rearched good areas for apple growing. Batu is one of them, and above all it is the most suitable. The first apple variety grown in Batu was Rome Beauty.

Around 1969, the “Banaran Garden Institution” found a new apple variety, namely Apel Manalagi. The man who found it is Mr. Surahmat Kusumo, a senior fruit tracker from “Balai Penelitian Hortikultura Pasar Minggu” (Horticultural Research Institution Pasar Minggu) Jakarta. This new variety was from Gandon village, because this variety was not found in Holand and other parts of the world; so this variety was finally considered as an Indonesian Apple. And, because of its nice taste, this apple is called “Manalagi” (Javanese, means: give me more) 


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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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View of Kota Malang from Hotel’s Window

Hotel Santika Malang 1View of swimming pool of Hotel Santika in Malang, Indonesia

Hotel Santika Malang 3
One of the characteristic of Javanese architecture; water feature

Hotel Santika Malang 2View of Kota Malang, Indonesia from Hotel’s balcony

Hotel Santika Malang 4Another view of Malang and the mountain at the backdrop

Hotel Santika Malang 5Malang is one the region in East Java, the capital city of the region known as Kota Malang

These photographs were taken using my handphone