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Magelang is an administrative and military academy city in the mountains in Central Java province in Indonesia.

Get in[edit]

By plane or train[edit]

The nearest airport and train station are in Jogja, 36 km (22 mi) away, or in Semarang.

By bus[edit]

From Yogyakarta, you can get to Magelang by bus for about Rp35,000. The trip takes an hour.

Get around[edit]

By taxi[edit]

The basic price is Rp5,000 and Rp2,500 per km. You can also get around by bus, mini bus, horse cart, or by pedicab.


  • 1 OHD Museum, Jl Jenggolo No.14 (One-hour drive from Yogyakarta Adisucipto International Airport and two-hour drive from Solo Adi Sumarmo International Airport. Two to three hours drive from Semarang.), +62 293 363420, fax: +62 293 363216. W-M 10:00–17:00. Last entry 16:00. Closed on public holidays.. The private collection of modern Indonesian art of Oei Hong Djien. There are two parts to the collection. This museum hosts the changing exhibitions. The permanent collection is housed in a separate building attached to his home, also in Magelang. It may be possible to see the permanent collection by asking at the museum. Indonesian ID card holders: Rp50,000 (adults), Rp25,000 (students); non-Indonesian ID card holders: Rp100,000 (adults), Rp50,000 (students). Children under six free..
  • 2 The Chicken Church (Gereja Ayam) (on Punthuk Setembu Hill). 05:00-16:30. A chicken shaped church with a peculiar history. In response to what he claimed was a divine vision in 1988. Daniel Alamsjah, a devout Christian spent every weekend over nearly a decade overseeing the construction of this multi-dominical bird-shaped prayer house. Alamsjah’s vision had been of a dove, but the its resemblance to a giant chicken has earned it its better-known moniker, Gereja Ayam – Chicken Church. Alamsjah ran out of funds in 2000 to complete it and left it to fall into decay. However over the next 15 years, curious visitors to nearby Borobudur began seeking it out. Increasing visitor numbers encouraged Alamsjah to return and begin work on completing the structure. The interior has been decorated in a style that may not be to everyone’s taste. From the parking lot it is 15 minute walk up a steep hill to the building (for which it is advisable to bring closed footwear). Shuttle rides are offered up the hill but these can be expensive. It is often included in tours to Borobodur. Rp30,000 (+ Rp10,000 parking fees for a car). Gereja Ayam (Q27792640) on Wikidata Gereja Ayam on Wikipedia
  • Diponegoro Museum (Museum Diponegoro). Featuring Prince Diponegoro, a national hero.
  • Kedung Khayang Waterfall.
  • Merapi Volcano Park and Ketep Pass.
  • Sekarlangit Waterfall.
  • 3 Taman Kyai Langgeng (Kyai Langgeng Park), Jl Cempaka No.6, +62 293 319-2642, +62 293 364142. 08:00-17:00. An educational-cum-recreational park which features rare plants, dinosaur statues, airplane prototypes. It provides a playground with some facilities. Rafting can be organised (when the nearby Progo River is in full flow). Rp20,000 weekdays, Rp25,000 weekends.



On the road from Magelang to Yogyakarta, Muntilan is a stone carving centre
  • 1 Volcanic stone carvings (Along the road south of Magelang towards Yogyakarta, especially around the small towns of Muntilan and Mungkid.). Many stalls selling carved stone items, including statues, garden lamps, mortar and pestles.

Pick up some getuk (GUH-took) for the folks back home, a sweet delicacy made from cassava and sugar. Steamed, coloured and topped with grated coconut. Getuk Trio has three differently-coloured layers: yellow, pink and brown.


  • 1 Pancoran Restaurant, Jl Daha No.1, Kemirirejo, +62 293 362688. daily 09:00 to 21:00 every day. Chinese. Serves pork.
  • 2 Banaran 9 Coffee, Desa Gemawang, Jambu district (On the west side of the main road between Magelang and Semarang), +62 298 599606. A roadhouse run by the state-owned plantation company whose coffee plantations flank the road at this point. An acceptable place to pull in for a quick break if on a long road trip or if the road is jammed. Bathrooms are kept clean, food is standard plates of rice and chicken etc served quickly and hot. And the coffee isn't bad either.

If it has been one of those days, and you can't think whether you want to eat rice or noodles, just have both. Nasi Magelangan (NAH-see mah-GUH-lang-an), or rice in the Magelang style, is a mixture of fried rice and fried noodles, for that fried carb on fried carb hit. Widely available across the region, it is also known as nasi ruwet (NAH-see ROO-wuht) or 'complicated rice'.

  • 3 Cerita Kita Cafe and Eatery, Jl. Magelang-Salatiga, Ngablak (inside Sunsetfalls Gardens & Resort), +62 81325942499. 10:00/12:00 - 22:00. Has views of the surrounding mountains. This cafe is very instagramable with a garden and a pool.


  • 1 Es Semanggi (Depot Es Semanggi), Jl. Semarang - Yogyakarta No. 367, Keramat Selatan, Magelang Utara. 06.30-17.30 WIB. A well-known beverage from Magelang, with a recipe handed down since the 1960s. Rp5.000,00 - Rp12.000,00.



Go next[edit]


  • Ambarawa and on to Semarang. If going by car, consider going via Salatiga over the shoulder of Mount Merbabu and the mountain village of Kopeng. Not much quicker but more scenic as the roads climbs up to 1,500 km (930 mi) above sea level.


  • Yogyakarta.
  • Borobudur — an 8th-century Buddhist stupa and temple complex. One of world's truly great ancient monuments, the single largest Buddhist structure anywhere on earth. Few who visit fail to be taken by both the scale of place, and the remarkable attention to detail that went into the construction. Set in the heart of the verdant Kedu Plain, the backdrop of mighty active volcanoes only enhances the sense of awe and drama. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.


- Head to Solo via the Ketep Pass between Mount Merapi and Mount Merbabu, and Boyolali.

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