Malang is one of the cities that has many historical sites, for example: Singosari Temple, Kidal Temple, Badut Temple and Songgoriti Temple.
Singosari Temple is also known as the Cungkup Temple or Menara Temple, a name that indicates that the temple is the highest temple at that time if it is compared to other temples around. However, today Singasari Temple is the only remaining temple, while the other temples have disappeared without trace. The exact time when Singasari Temple was built is unknown, some experts estimate the ancient temple was built around the year 1300 AD, as a tribute to honor the King Kertanegara of Singasari. Singasari Temple is also a Shiva temple. It can be seen from the presence of several statues of Shiva in the temple. Singasari temple is situated in the middle of the yard. The temple sits on shelf-foot-tall about 1.5 m.
Kidal Temple is another relic temple of the dynasty Singasari and a Hindu temple located in Malang. Kidal temple is located in Rejokidal Village, 20 Km east of the city of Malang.
Like the temples in East Java, Kidal Temple was built as a funeral of King Anusapati, the second king of Singhasari Kingdom, who died in 1248 AD, and it is predicted that the temple was built in 1260 AD.The temple, which has a relief with this Garudeya story has got reconstruction in 1990, the meaning of this Garudeya relief is about the liberation of slavery. Kidal temple’s main material is andesite with vertical geometric dimensions.
Badut Temple is also called Liswa Temple. It is located approximately 5 km from Malang City, precisely in Karangbesuki Village, Dau District. Badhut Temple was built long before Airlangga Kingdom, and is thought to be the oldest temple in East Java.
Some archaeologists believe that the temple was built on the orders of King Gajayana of the Kanjuruhan Kingdom. In Dinoyo inscription which is found in the village Merjosari, Malang, it is explained that the center of the Kingdom was Dinoyo. Badut Temple is a little different from other temples in East Java. In general reliefs, there is a giant head in the East Javanese temples made complete with the lower jaw, but Kalamakara in Badut Temple was made without the lower jaw, similar to that found in temples in central Java.
Songgoriti Temple is located in Batu City. The distance is around 20 km from Malang. The other name of the temple is Supo Temple. Songgoriti Temple is the only legacy Mpu Sindok in Batu. According to history; Songgoriti Temple was originated from a Mpu Sindok’s desire who wanted to build a retreat for the royal family in the nearby mountains that had springs. A royal officials named MPU Supo was ordered by Sindok to build the place. With great effort, finally Mpu Supo found an area that is known as Tourism Songgoriti region today. The approval of the king, Mpu Supo started to build Songgoriti region as a resting place of the royal family and a temple named Candi Supo. In the resting place of springs, there are cool flowing springs in the mountains. Cold springs are often used to wash keris magical as heirlooms of Sindok Kingdom. Therefore, the springs are often used to wash magical objects kingdom that has supernatural powers (magic).