Malang is the second largest city in East Java with a rapidly growing population of approximately 1.2 million. This is a city of great historical significance. The oldest existing record of Malang as a regency is from the 8th century when it was the seat of government of the ancient Kanjuruhan and Singosari Kingdoms.
The city was officially became part of the all encompassing Javanese Mataram Kingdom in the 17th century which by that time was controlled by the Dutch Colonialists. Unsurprisingly given that history, there are several interesting Hindu relics in this area. The city is quickly became very popular with the Dutch due to its cool climate, very attractive rural surrounds and easy reach from the main trading port city of Surabaya.