Angin Temple in Jepara Regency, Central Java Province
Jepara Regency has a famous mountain called Muria. It also becomes the mother of minor tourist attractions including the one called Angin Temple. The temple is located in Tempur Village and it belongs to Keling Sub-District. The fact is the temple was constructed on a highland and it has undergone various types of weathers for decades. The good thing is the construction remains well until now. Due to the uniqueness and uncommon location, the temple is able to lure lots of tourists both from nearby regions and outsiders. These people come for sightseeing, photography, and finding more information regarding the temple, actually.
Unlike regular temples, this one has a unique design. The temple was constructed by piling several andesite stones. The construction method is layering and there is only one andesite on the top of it. Somehow, the design represents the level of the human’s life. As for the nuance, the temple resides on a highland, so it features an amazing panorama up there. Not to mention it is surrounded by tall trees and bushes. According to some experts, Angin Temple is older than the famous Borobudur Temple! This one doesn’t represent either Buddha or Hindu culture, after all. It is said the temple was built during the pre-historic era!
Exploring Angin Temple
Even local people don’t have much information regarding the history of the temple. That means it has become a mysterious landmark, which lures more tourists over time. The fact is the temple resides on 1200 meters above the sea level. This explains why tourists can also take advantage of the trip for trekking and sightseeing while heading to the location. Most visitors come for photography, too, actually.
What tourists can learn is only the name. “Angin” means wind. The locals gave the name due to the fact that the temple has been up there for decades or perhaps hundreds of years. The temple must have passed through bad weathers and strong wind over time. These don’t cause any damage to the construction, though. Instead, the temple remains sturdy! No wonder, many experts conducted a research regarding when it was built and who built it. What they know is the temple has been there before the influence of Buddha and Hindu. The age is definitely older than Borobudur Temple, no?
According to the story of the locals, the temple was built in order to worship the God of Wind or Bayu. No one has any evidence about the story, though. That means it is only a rumor. As for tourist activities, people come to the temple to do several things especially photography, trekking, exploration, sightseeing and learning more rumors about it. What do you think?
- Muria Mountain
- Tempur Village
- Mendut Mountain
- Raseno Waterfall
How to Get There
A trip from Semarang City to Jepara Regency takes about 1 hour and 50 minutes. It is because the distance is 76.6 km, but the trip becomes faster if tourists take Kudus – Semarang Street. Once they get to Jepara, the next destination is Tempur Village at Keling Sub-District. The distance is 49.8 km, so the trip takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. It can even be faster if tourists take Jepara – Bangsri Street. One thing, everyone needs to conduct trekking in order to get to the temple later. The location is on a highland, after all.
Where to Stay
- Kelet Hotel
- Long Garden Guesthouse
- Tayu Asri Hotel