Ngetos Temple in Nganjuk Regency, East Java Province
Some famous historical temples are scattered in Nganjuk Regency, which is suitable as a vacation destination. One of them is called Ngetos Temple! As the name suggests, it belongs to Ngetos Sub-District. The exact location is in Selopuro Village and it features easy accessibility. Due to the popularity and nice access, the number of visitors is high for sure. Not to mention it resides in the north slope of Wilis Mountain. That means visitors can enjoy sightseeing during the visit, as the panoramas are great up there. Plus, the temple holds an interesting history to learn.
The nuance is both peaceful and merry. The serene environment combines well with the crowd of visitors. No wonder, tourists would find many locals who often visit the temple either in holidays or regular days. As for the appearance, Ngetos Temple applies the East Java’s style. The body is slim and it is made of bricks. The temple faces the west and the condition is imperfect. That means tourists may see several broken parts of the temple during the visit. Not to mention the roof was gone! It is hard to describe the original appearance of the temple, therefore. Thanks to the local government. They have been working hard to recover the temple over time.
Exploring Ngetos Temple
The prime reason for visiting Ngetos Temple is indeed to appreciate the structure. That means tourists would look and take photos of the appearance of the temple during the visit. After all, the building has several unique ornaments. On the top part of the temple, small windows with diamond-like ornaments reside. Below, the most dominant ornaments or carvings have the shape of either leaves or fruits. In both sides of the temple, tourists would find small niches featuring Makara ornaments.
The most famous feature is indeed the Kala. This carving is big and resides in the south part of the temple. This ornament represents both protection and authority, actually. No wonder, people often take photos of it despite the scary appearance. Well, the only disappointment is that the temple doesn’t have any arca or statues. According to the locals, all of them have been destroyed. It is said several statues reside in that area before. These include Vishnu, Baki, and Paidon.
Another allure in Ngetos Temple is the history. However, there is no exact or legitimate information. What people have is only a myth. Tourists who want to listen to this story should approach either a local guide or villagers later. This help is also significant when it comes to directions and tips, in fact.
- Cinta Hill
- Kweden River Park
- Rambutan Village
- Oro-Oro Ombo
How to Get There
The distance between Surabaya City (the capital of East Java Province) and Nganjuk Regency is 112 km. That means the trip would take around 2 hours and 3 minutes. It can even be faster if tourists take the right routes. First, they must take Surabaya – Mojokerto Highway. Next, tourists only need to take Mojokerto – Kertosono Highway. After reaching the downtown, their next route is Raya Kediri – Nganjuk and Ngetos – Berbek Street. This time, the trip may take about 25 minutes as the distance is only 13.9 km. The destination is indeed Selopuro Village where the temple resides.
Where to Stay
- Istana Hotel
- Nirwana Hotel
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