History of Malang, East Java, Indonesia
The Dutch influence on Malang is clearly visible by the houses, cemeteries, schools and other buildings with high windows and many floor levels, which is not the Indonesian way.
A town with a Dutch colonial history, cool climate and a laid back feeling, but also many boulevards bordered by old green trees and good local food.
The only similarity to other cities is the everyday afternoon showers.
The city got its first mayor in 1919, the Dutchman Bussemaker and under his leadership the Dutch areas got extended. He was also involved in the creation of the so-called “Orange neighborhood” that brought even more Dutch influences to this town. This city is especially famous for its cool air and as a result many vegetables and fruits like apples, pears and strawberries are growing. The Dutch married in this town, bought a House, had children and died also here.
Many old colonial buildings are still in good condition and surrounded by wide and less crowded streets. There is more greenery, parks and plants here than in other cities in Indonesia which give the people more space and enjoy the clean air. Even the very old trees alongside the lanes are well taken care off.
There is more greenery, parks and plants here than in other cities in Indonesia which give the people more space and enjoy the clean air. Even the very old trees alongside the lanes are well taken care off.
Malang is also very diverse with its shopping centers, but just a few miles outside the city and you see the rice fields (sawahs).
ross from the city hall is the monument Tugu, which is surrounded by a big and beautiful lilies pond.
The city has also five temples of thousand years old to mention a few like the Candi Singosari, Candi Sumberawan and Candi Badut.
The surrounding area of Malang city are covered by the volcanoes the Bromo, Tenegger and Semeru located in a National Park, the quiet beaches of Balekampang and the apple orchards of Batu in the mountains north of Malang.
My wife and her family (Weise and Lavalette) have lived in the northerly part of Malang, on the road to Batu, which is called Djenggrik.
Lately Malang city was named as one of two National Heritage Cities in Indonesia alongside Sawahlunto, west Sumatra.