Other towns of Indonesia!

Here I am remembering my footpaths in the world and recalling Indonesia. A far away land for many years, and then all of a sudden 8 trips in the last 9 years! Many nice memories and more important nice friends, always looking forward to seeing again.

For now let me tell you about the other towns of Indonesia I went by such as Bogor, Mojokerto, Malang and Sidoarjo. Here is a bit on them for the memories.

The Sidoarjo Kabupaten admin area is located in the province of East Java, south of Surabaya, the provincial capital and main town is Sidoarjo. The Surabaya International Airport (Juanda) is located in the Sidoarjo Kabupaten. Interesting thing to see here are the Pari temple located in the village of Candipari, one km south of Sidoarjo. It is a fairly massive but well preserved brick building. The cella has a beautiful corbelled roof. A date, equivalent to 1371, is engraved on the pediment of the door. The temple of Sumur is located a hundred meters from that of Pari. It is a brick building of which there are only half remaining, but whose staircase still allows access to the cella, which is distinguished by a well about one meter on a side, located in one of the angles. The temple of Gunung Gangsir, located in the village of the same name, near Bangil, south-east of Sidoarjo on the road to Pasuruan, dates from the end of the 14C; it has terracotta decorations representing offering pots and goddesses holding lotuses.   The Sidoarjo mud volcano has caused great damage to the local landscape to say the least. This mud volcano was born on May 28, 2006 in the kabupaten of Sidoarjo, a densely populated and cultivated area. The flows have repeatedly buried villages, communication routes and fields despite the construction of numerous retention dams. Probable cause oil and gas exploration fields nearby and the flow of mud does not stop.

The road warrior in me passing Sidoarjo and a great city center shot indeed for the memories.

A bit more on Sidoarjo in English: East Java tourism on Sidoarjo

Sidoarjo

Malang is a city in the province of East Java as well. It has a history dating back to the age of Singhasari Kingdom. It is the second most populous city in the province. During Dutch colonization, it was a popular destination for European residents. Dutch heritage in general in the form of ancient buildings such as the Kayutangan Church and Ijen Cathedral which has gothic architecture. The city was capital city of Singhasari in 1222, then transferred to Dutch colony. During the Japanese occupation, Malang was also occupied by Japan by March 1942. After the Independence of Indonesia in 1945, Malang became part of the Republic of Indonesia on 21 September 1945 and re-entered on 2 March 1947 after being re-occupied by the Dutch East Indies.

I passed by you guess it a market, always love these anywhere, and here was a live one indeed. The market at Malang.

malang

The city of Malang is surrounded by Mount Arjuno in the north; Mount Semeru to the east; Mount Kawi and Mount Butak in the west; Mount Kelud in the south.The popular active volcano Mount Bromo is about 25 km (16 miles) east of the city. Malang Metropolitan Region is a leading tourist destination in Indonesia with the City of Batu as its center. Malang has various tourist areas including volcanoes to beaches for all to enjoy.

We were on the road warrior mode I love so much , the freedom to move about to exotic splendid areas and of course a novelty a gas/petrol station Pertamina at Malang!

malang

Here we ate at Warung Bu Kris a concoction of local platters and fruit juices very exotic, so much do not recall the names ! all I know is that it was good, and great live rock music!! The webpage found on them is foursquare here: Foursquare site on Warung Bu Kris resto in Malang

malang

malang

Just about to post this and on France 3 they were showing a TV programs on things to see and the food of Malang today so fitting I had this to go up.

The City of Malang in local language here: City of Malang

A tourist site on Malang in English; Indonesia Travel on Malang

The town was Mojokerto a city in East Java Province It is located 40 km from Surabaya, and constitutes one of the component units of the Surabaya metropolitan area ,which comprises  Gresik Regency, Bangkalan Regency, Mojokerto Regency, Mojokerto city , Surabaya city, Sidoarjo city, Sidoarjo Regency and Lamongan Regency.

Ngoro

The Surabaya–Mojokerto Toll Road or Sumo Toll Road, is a part of Trans-Java toll road with a length of 36 km. Very nice quick clean road to take each day of my stay and each visit. And again Pertamina gas/petrol station:

ngoro

It was easy pickup and delivery to the job site in Ngoro Industrial Park, and always with private shuttle. Passing by the great Volcano on the horizon, nice view but its active so nice to have it dormant every time I visit !!!  More on the park here: Ngoro Industrial Park

Driving by car took me to see a gas station glamorous  pertamina and ate in Mojokerto at the Me Joyo Restaurant of local cuisine (one of the advantages of keeping with the locals you know the country well). Very hard to find webpages on it and will just take my word for it, it is good and see the pictures.I took some of the roads passing by. More on the restaurant on foursquare site here: Foursquare on Me Joyo restaurant

ngoro

ngoro

Bogor is in the province of West Java, and its ,also the name of the kabupaten (admin area) of Bogor in which the city is located. Its capital is Cibinong. It is part of the Jabodetabek conurbation, which also brings together the cities of Jakarta, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi and the kabupaten of Tangerang and Bekasi. It is surrounded by extinct volcanoes such as the Gede and the Salak. It experiences more thunderstorms than any other point on the planet! I never got wet thus!!!

I did a bit of driving to Bogor just about 1h30 from Jakarta (50 kms but always traffic) and into another world,different more exotic; well just preferred the city.

bogor

The Jakarta–Cikampek Toll Road or Japek toll road was one I took several times on the many trips to this part of Indonesia, driving was part of the thrills as it was a business trip not much into tourism related photos in this smaller towns.

Bogor

They have discovered inscriptions in Ciaruteun, Kebon Kopi and Jambu in the region of Bogor, written in Pallava alphabet of South India and in Sanskrit, which dates from around 450. They are attributed to King Purnawarman of Tarumanagara. A second inscription found at Kebon Kopi, dated 932 and written in Malay, mentions a king of Sunda. The site of Pakuan, the capital of the Sundanese Hindu kingdom of Pajajaran (1333-1579) was in present-day Bogor.

The name of “Bogor” appears officially in a document dated April 7, 1752 and signed by the Hoofd van de Negorij Bogor, that is to say chief of the village of Bogor, which is located at the site of the Botanical garden. Bogor was called Buitenzorg or carefree in Dutch in colonial times and was the residence of the Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies at the time of Herman Willem Daendels ,and Thomas Stamford Raffles ,and much later.

Bogor has a Botanical garden. The garden was founded in 1817 by the government of the Dutch East Indies, which wished to bring together the plants that the Javanese and natives of other regions of their colony used in their home use or as medicine, and allow to study them in order to use them for commercial purposes. More on the Botanical garden here in English: Botanical Garden of Bogor

The tourist office of Indonesia has something on Bogor in English here: Indonesia travel on Bogor

And there you go, these were on the run trips with not much time to see tourist related areas as this part was for the big cities, however, part of the nostalgia of been to Indonesia and the rides with by now friends. Looking forward to a repeat visit to Indonesia. Hope you enjoy the tour.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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