Candirejo Culture Village, Yogyakarta

Not far from Borobudur is an interesting little village called Candirejo that is definitely worth a visit. For a break from “modern” life, designate a few days to watch, learn and experience life in this this quaint town, where ancient traditions are still followed, and indeed the village is best known for how it has maintained the authenticity of such traditions. Candirejo Village is located in the Borobudur District, about 3 kilometers southeast of Borobudur Temple in Magelang, Central Java.

candirejoThe village is set amidst lush green fields and tropical rainforests, and populated with friendly people. Candirejo is said to be a symbol of Javanese culture where visitors can experience and participate in a variety of cultural attractions and activities. Many homemade handicrafts and souvenirs are also made here, such as beds, benches and bookshelves of bamboo, and bags and mats made of pandanus; all of which are available for purchase.
The word Candirejo is a combination of two Javanese words: Candi and Rejo. Candi means temple, but it can also mean stone, and Candirejo happens to be quite a stony area. The word Rejo means fertile, so when put together, Candirejo got its name as the land that was full of stones, but yet remained fertile.

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Based on local tale, the word Candirejo was came from the word Candighra. Then this Candighra was moved to Candirga, and this word moved again to Candirja. And while the time walked through, this word also has its changing. Until now, the word stays for Candirejo. Now, this word stays for the village located in Magelang regency, one of regencies in Central Java province, Indonesia territory.

Candirejo is built by two words, candi and rejo. Both are Javanese. In english, candi can be meant by temple, but if we refer to Javanese, it meant rock/stone. And the word rejo can be meant by fertile. In fact, Candirejo village is located in area with many rocks around. It is understandable because the region where Candirejo village is located, is part of Menoreh mountain ground. Menoreh mountain is used to be a volcano. The existence of the word candi (stone/rock) is also strengthen by names of some regions in this village. There are regions named of Watu Kendhil, Watu Ambeng, Watu Dandang, etc., where word watu is have a meaning of stone. So, if both meaning are constucted together, the word Candirejo can have a meaning of one area with many rocks within, but it is fertile.

Another version of the tale; this village is named by Candirejo because some old temples (candi) were found in this area. In Brangkal, an old temple was found, and people called the temple as Brangkal temple (candi Brangkal).

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To fully experience Candirejo, spend the night in one of many homestay accommodations available within the village. Candirejo has over 50 homestays open to visitors and offers several tour packages including cooking classes featuring traditional cuisines and snacks.

How to get there:

The distance from Semarang to Candirejo is about 90 kilometers, while from Solo to Candirejo village is about 100 kilometers. The shortest route is accessible from, about 40 kilometers.

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