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Cangkuang Temple

Publish 02-05-2008 11:34:37 by Admin
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A. Brief Information

Cangkuang derives from Sundanese language replacing term for pandan leaf (Pandanus furcatus) that in the past was used by local people to make hat, plaited mat, and palm sugar wrapper. Now, cangkuang is used both as the name of village and temple.

Cangkuang Temple was discovered firstly by Prof. Harsoyo and Drs. Uka Tjandrasasmita on December 19th , 1966. Both of them included into the researcher team of Leles history. It was discovered after receiving a report stated by Vordeman on the Notulen Bataviaasch Genootschap – published in 1893 A.D. – saying the existence of an ancient graveyard and the remain traces of Siwa Statue in Leles. Some other pre-historic age legacies were discovered on the next research. They were kendan stones (oxidant stone), pieces of earthenwares from the neolithic age and big stones from the megalithic age.

Having a look at the shape of the temple, some archaeologists assumed that the temple was erected in the eighth century. However, from  the simple ornaments used, the making technique, and a chinese record, there is a prediction that the temple was built in the seventh century, on the same era as the building of Javanese temples.

B. Distinctive Features

Along the journey to the location, you will ride by Pulo Village which has the unique tradition and well-preserved traditional houses. By taking getek – raft made of bamboo – you will see the panoramic sight of Cangkuang temple that is awesome.

The atmosphere in Panjang Island, the location of Cangkuang Temple, is quite fresh and has imposing view because there is a beautiful park and the number of teureup tree, banyan trees, and  randu tree (Ceiba pentandra). Moreover, the existence of Mount Haruman, Mount Mandalawangi, and Mount Guntur combined with the calm water of surrounding area can enhance the location as the worth visiting tourism destination for you.

A public small museum keeping many antique objects and 12 ancient books is located nearby the temple. Some documents telling the history and all information relating to the temple can also be found in the museum.

About a kilometer away from the museum, there is a tomb of Embah Dalem Arif Muhammad. It is believed that he was the envoy of Mataram Kingdom who was assigned to fight againts VOC in Batavia (Jakarta). After being defeated by VOC, he and his entourage decided to keep staying in Cangkuang where the local inhabitants there had embraced Hindu. Considering such reality, the location is a right place for cultural and natural tourism.

C. Location

Cangkuang Temple lies in Cangkuang Village, Leles Sub-district, Garut District, West Java Province, Indonesia.

D. Access

Cangkuang Temple‘s location is about 46 km away from Bandung and 20 km from Garut District. Depart from your home to Garut District then go on to Leles Sub-district. The temple is three km away from Leles highway or about 35 minutes by walk. Having passed by Pulo Village, you have to wade Lake Cangkuang by getek to Cangkuang Temple.

E. Ticket Price

The entrance ticket to the location is IDR 2000/person (per March 2008).

F. Accommodation and other Facilities

Tourism information center, mosque, museum, shelter, parking area, and raft for hanging around the location are available for you. Moreover, food stalls, souvenir shops and beautiful park are also supporting facilities that may offer you memorable visit.


Credit Photo: Joko Santoso dkk

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