Magelang Regency

Posted on January 5, 2018

In brief …

Magelang serves as a launching point for visits to the sacred 8th-century Borobudur Buddhist temple and has a rich history as a military post. This city in Central Java enjoys a scenic location between the Progo and Elo rivers, located 40 kilometres northwest of Yogyakarta and 75 kilometres south of the Central Javan capital Semarang. Magelang is a pleasant place to explore with a number of historical sites from the Dutch colonial era to see, including the Drinking Water Tower that still stands in the centre of town.

It is located in the middle of the Magelang Regency, between Mount Merbabu and Mount Sumbing in Central Java Province, Indonesia. Magelang is located 43 km north of Yogyakarta, 15 km north of Mungkid and 75 km south of Semarang, the capital of Central Java.

Magelang was established on 11 April 907. Magelang was then known as a village called Mantyasih, which is now known as Meteseh. There are three stele of historical importance in Magelang, namely Poh, Gilikan and Mantyasih, all of which are written on a plate of copper. Poh and Mantyasih were written under the rule of King Balitung of Mataram Kingdom. In those stele, the villages of Mantyasih and Glanggang were mentioned. They became Meteseh and Magelang respectively.


The composition of demography based on its religion and belief, Magelang people has varied and different belief and religion. Majority of Magelang citizen are Muslim, but there are minority groups such as Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, and there are also spiritualism and traditional Javanese belief.

As of February 2010, Magelang has a total population of 118,227. Magelang’s population was 58,311 men (49% of the total population) and 59,916 women (51% of the total population).


Magelang’s mountainous surroundings offer pleasant day-trip excursions for enjoying the great outdoors. Ketep Pass offers lookout points with panoramic views of Mount Merapi and Mount Merbabu, and the Volcano Theatre with educational films and multimedia presentations about the area’s dynamic geological features is found here. The rivers, lakes, hot springs and waterfalls dotted throughout the area offer nice mini-trek and picnic sites. Pleasant strolls and water sports are enjoyed at Bleder Lake, while some easy rafting may be done on the Elo River.

The 18-hole Borobudur International Golf & Country Club, equipped with a luxurious clubhouse, restaurant and driving range, is located in the Mount Tidar area of central Magelang. The city’s main stadium, a popular place to watch football matches, is nearby. Magelang’s only cinema is found in the town square.


Admission 2018

  • Foreign visitor

    US$ 40/25

    Borobudur–Prambanan-Ratu Boko package (adult/child US$ 40/25), 90-min guided tour 1-5 people IDR 100.000

  • Domestic visitor

    IDR 40.000

    Tickets for the temple can be purchased online from its website, along with a combined Borobudur–Prambanan-Ratu Boko package

  • Domestic student

    IDR 20.000

    Tickets for the temple can be purchased online from its website, along with a combined Borobudur–Prambanan-Ratu Boko package

Room Rates

  • Hotel Aldo Wisma

    IDR 150K

    24-Hour Front Desk, Restaurant, WiFi. Ph. +62-293‐788208. Jl. Soekarno‐Hatta, Mungkid

  • Aman Jiwo

    IDR 1000K

    24-Hour Front Desk, Restaurant, WiFi. Jl. Pakem Dsn. Majaksingi, Borobudur - Telp. +62-293‐788333

  • Grand Artos Aerowisata

    IDR 490K

    AC, Parking, 24-Hour FO, Restaurant, WiFi. Jl. Mayjen Bambang Sugeng No. 1 Magelang - Telp. +62-293‐3218888

  • Mesastila

    IDR 3900K

    24-Hour Front Desk, Restaurant, WiFi. Desa Losari, Grabag, Magelang - Telp. +62-298‐596333


Contact Info



Jl. Badrawati, Ngaran II, Borobudur, Magelang, Jawa Tengah
Telp. (0293) 330 1657, HP/WA : 085228211594

Dinhubkominfo Provinsi Jawa Tengah

Jl. Menteri Supeno I/2 Semarang – Kota Semarang, Jawa Tengah 50243
Telp: +62 24 8319140 Email: diskominfo@jatengprov.go.

Commonly Info

How to get there

The most convenient and most easy way how to get to Karimunjawa is to travel from Semarang. Use the quicklinks below to jump to the desired section regarding transport in and around Karimunjawa Islands.

Where to sleep ?

All accommodation listed here is on Karimunjawa Island and all offer free WiFi. Booking is essential over weekends and holiday periods, but other times you can easily arrive and find a bed. If you prebook, transfers from the port are often included. It’s also possible to arrange overnight camping trips to uninhabited islands, worth considering as an alternative.

Where to eat and meet ?

Like seafood? You’ll love Karimunjawa, and the best place to sample the freshest seafood is at the stalls around the alun-alun, set up each evening from around 17:00.

Things to see and do

What’s an island trip without a day at the beach? Punctuating Karimunjawa’s surrounding mangrove forests lay slithers of sandy white bays accessed from signposted tracks off the main paved road. Some are well marked, others, well, you’ll just have to keep your eyes peeled ..

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