The National Trust for Historic Preservation in the United States also find that heritage travelers are looking for more than just museums or historic sites. They are interested in “experiences where the destination, its buildings, and surroundings have retained their historical character as well as lodging that reflects the local culture” (Michigan State University Museum).

Cultural heritage in Malang - Ijen Boulevard


What is heritage tourism?

Heritage Tourism is an active, engaging, and ongoing process that involves community residents, organizations, civic institutions and governments working together. In this case tourism is purposeful. It is the commercial organization and operation of places and activities that interest and attract visitors to our communities and regions for their enjoyment and for our economic benefit. Many tourism efforts focus on cultural or natural resources. Heritage tourism offers an umbrella covering both (Michigan State University Museum).


Cultural heritage tour: Grand Tour Java in 17 days - start 2018

Pauline van Roosmalen is a Dutch heritage research consultant with more than 25 years experience in both the academic and non-academic world. Pauline assembled the exclusive and spectacular Grand Tour Java in which the gems of Dutch colonial architecture are combined with the wonders of Indonesian and Javanese culture and the world renowned excellence of Indonesian hospitality.

The church at Kayu Tangan street in Malang - East JavaThe tour takes 18 days, including departure and arrival in your home country. The tour travels to Jakarta, Bandung, Cirebon, Semarang, Tegal, Yogyakarta, Kediri, Malang and Surabaya. During the Grand Tour, architecture historian Dr. Pauline will share her passion and knowledge about culture and colonial heritage in Indonesia as well as offering you the wonderful opportunity to interact with local Indonesian specialists. The tour includes all transport, accommodation in charming and distinctive hotels, and relaxing lunches and dinners that will give you the opportunity to sample many of Indonesia’s culinary delights.

Locally the tour is organized by Smartine Indonesia Travel. For more detailed information about the tour, please contact us.


Heritage tourism in Malang

The city adminstration of Malang is developing the regency's heritage tourism, according to a news article in the Jakarta Post in October 2016 (Jessicha Valentina). Malang fits the criteria as stated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in the US. Malang cityregency has some historical objects, such as temples with inscriptions; Jago, Singosari, Sumberawan and Badut. Unfortunately Malang's cultural heritage is going unnoticed, recognized Made Arya Wedhantara - head of Malang Tourism and Culture agency - in the article.


UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Indonesia

Indonesia inscibed 8 sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Four of the sites are cultural and four are natural sites. Among the cultural sites are the Borobudur temple complex and the Prambanan temple complex, both in Yogyakarta. Sangiran early man site is situated about 15 km north of Solo and is part of the list. The last cultural site is the cultural landscape in Bali that consists of five rice terraces and their water temples that cover 19,500 ha (Unesco, 2017).

One of the natural sites lies in Java as well. The Ujung Kulon National Park is listed since 1991. This national park is located in the extreme south-western tip of Java - including the natural reserve of Krakatoa - and contains the largest remaining area of lowland rainforests in the Java plain. The Lorentz National Park in the province of Papua, the Komodo National Park and the Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra are also listed (Unesco, 2017).


Islamic heritage

To be a bit more complete as Indonesia is a religious country, Islam has also contributed greatly to the cultural society in Indonesia. The 15th-century Agung Demak Mosque hailed as the first mosque established in Java and the Menara Kudus Mosque is notable for incorporating Majapahit Hindu-Javanese architecture (Wikipedia).



- Michigan State University Museum. 2017. "Heritage tourism; preserving and sharing".
- Unesco. 2017. "Indonesia".
- Valentina, Jessicha. 2016. "Rich in history, Malang set to be the next heritage destination". Jakarta Post, 4 October 2016.
- Wikipedia. 2017. Tourism in Indonesia.