Singosari

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Singosari is a district in Malang Regency, East Java, Indonesia. It is situated about 400 m above sea-level, and is therefore quite cool especially from June to August. Temperature hovers around 18–20 degrees Celsius at night.

History[edit]

The name Singosari is derived from Singhasari, a famous Javanese medieval kingdom (1222–1292), which palace located not far away from modern Singosari. Candi Singhasari (Singosari temple) - which was used as worship palace during this kingdom - is located in Kertanegara street, about 3 km (1.9 mi) from singosari market.

Economy and demography[edit]

It is predominantly occupied by Javanese with smaller number of Madurese, Chinese, Arabs and other groups. Singosari district is located on the main street connecting Surabaya, the capital of East java province, and Malang city. The main activity is at the singosari market. A small airport Abdul Rahman Saleh has been constructed to facilitate air travel between Malang and Jakarta.

Interesting places[edit]

There are a couple of places of interest in Singosari such as the Candi Singhasari, dated to the 13th century, Sumberawan stupa and the 3339 m high Mount Arjuna. It is a moderate 2 day climb including the return trip. There are also natural springs in the area.

Further to the west from this temple is Ken Dedes swimming pool, believed to be the bathing place and royal garden of Singhasari. Upon entering this pool complex there are 2 big statues called Dwarapala at each side of the entrance. Dwarapala is a squatting giant holding big staff as a weapon, symbolizing the guard of holy places in Javanese culture.

Coordinates: 7°53′33″S 112°39′57″E / 7.89250°S 112.66583°E / -7.89250; 112.66583