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It is known as the site of the tomb of Sukarno, the first president of Indonesia, five kilometres from the square. Close by is the Istana Gebang (Gebang Palace), where Sukarno used to live as a kid and was turned into a museum], with many objects reminiscent of Sukarno's place in the history of Indonesia. In fact, the very energetic Kelud vulcano is just over 20 kilometres northern of Blitar.
The former vice president of Indonesia, Dr. Boediono, and the commander-in-chief of the military in Indonesia, Admiral Agus Suhartono, were borne in Blitar. They are both SMP Negeri 1 Blitar and SMA Negeri 1 Blitar aluminumumni. This is Indonesia (7th edition).
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BLITTAR is a small village in East Java. Sukarno, Indonesia's founder fathers, was born and buried in the peaceful and enchanting village of Sukarno, which is the capital of the world. Other visitor rides include the biggest old Hindoo shrine in East Java at Candi Penataran, the busy Mount Kelud vulcano and a few beautiful sandy shores.
BLITITAR is the capitol of a reigning power with the same name. Busses from other big city in East Java serve Blitar well. Guests often come by an air-conditioned coach from Malang, which lasts about 2hrs. Situated on one of the most important East Java railways.
Connections to other towns in the area and Central Java are available every working hour. A way to get to Biltar is to take the comfortable everyday executive class-train that runs from Malang to Yogyakarta, which runs through Blitar at 5am. 00 a.m.; if you take this from Malang, you should normally schedule to spend the night in Blitar before going to visit places the next one.
For Blitar to get around in a way other than on feet, the most important prerequisite is the opportunity to see the Penataran canyon. Frequent mini buses run this itinerary from the Jalan Veteran in the city and take about 30 min to get to the Isardi. When you ask the rider for "Makam Bung Karno", he will set you down near the stunning Sukarno tomb on the way (to or from the Penataran Candi).
We have a quite large, well-developed car park (café, toilets, information kiosk) just a little bit further down the road from the Bung Karno tomb. The Pedicab riders are willing to accompany the visitor on a trip to several places (including Sukarnos home and near Makam): Cost: approx. 150.000 Rp per capita (for foreigners) in May 2014.
Sukarnos tomb (Makam Bung Karno). Visiting the stunning and well organized Sukarno Macam (where there is a contemporary art gallery and library) is a good match for visiting the Candi Penataran as it is on the same street halfway between Blitar and the sanctuary. Indonesia's first sovereign governor and independent protagonist, Sukarno, has experienced significant restoration in the Indonesian eye since the end of the Soeharto period in 1998.
Sukarno' s subsidiary Megawati Soekarnoputri, who was Indonesia' s former head of state from 2001-2004, helped develop the macam as an important location for East Java visitor. Every year many thousand Indian peciarah (pilgrims) attend the Sukarno macam, because the implementation of peciarah (pilgrimages) is considered an important activities in Indonesia.
But very few overseas guests take the time to drop by and miss a good chance to see this important facet of Indonesia's cultural and historical heritage. Some of the other places mentioned by the East Java Province Tourism Board as perhaps of interest near Blitar are among others: Rent a becak rider (who drives with a wagon with a front seat) to travel from the central parking lot in Sukarno to various places near by - to the Istana Gebang (Gebang House), where the young Sukarno used to live, and to the Makam Bung Karno (Sukarno's Tomb), where there is an amazing facility, complete with a Museum.
It has a wide range of traditional Chinese food (including several good Chinese).