What We Know So Far are Only (a Small) Part of Magelang’s Historical Treasures


Selogriyo temple in Dusun Campur Rejo, Kembang Kuning Village, Windusari District, Magelang Regency.

By: Sahrudin@SahrudinSaja

MAGELANG Regency, in the Province of Central Java is remarkable for its rich historical and cultural heritage.

Besides one of the world’s greatest Buddhist monuments Borobudur, Magelang has also become the home of Mendut, Pawon and Ngawen temples, and dozens of other dilapidated Buddhist and Hindu sites.

The historic legacies have grown to be mainstay attractions over many decades, sources of revenue for both central and local government, as well as neighborhood residents.

Photographers and artists drew inspiration from the temples.

They become objects of scientific research activities held either by government or educational institutions, and either by overseas or domestic organizations.

However, it seems like that’s not all of historic sites located in the city covering an area of 1,100 square kilometers.

What we know so far are actually only (a small) part of what Magelang Regency has.


A part of Umbul temple in Grabag District, Magelang Regency.

Newly discovered a Nandi (bull) and a headless statues, and two Yoni (symbol of the goddess) statues in Ringin Anom Village, Tempuran District, on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 reveal that there are still so many historic treasures buried in Magelang Regency’s grounds.

The village where the Hindu statues were found, is located about 5 kilometers northwest of Buddhist temple of Borobudur.

In fact, that was not the first time Magelang residents stumbled upon either Hindu or Buddhist ancient artifacts.

In Tempuran District itself, dozens of historic relics, some were in pieces, have so often been found in past decade.

The objects were generally unearthed when residents digging up the grounds as many of them earn money from making bricks.

Some of the treasures were then kept under government supervision, and some others were, and still are left out in the yards and in between houses.

It’s also estimated that many ancient artifacts are still buried in cemetery lands in Magelang Regency.

Archaeologists said, there are several possible explanations of how did the ancient artifacts become buried.

They are, for examples, due to ash and lava heap from Mount Merapi’s many previous eruptions, and other factors like wind blown and flood deposits.

Continuous building activities and soil development processes are also possible mechanisms that can be involved in the burial of historic objects.***


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