Singasari Temple is located in the village of Candi Renggo, Singosari Subdistrict, about 9 km from the town of Malang. The temple is also called the Cungkup temple or the Tower temple, which means the highest temple, at least compared to some other temples in the vicinity.
Today, however, the only temple left in the Singasari area is the Singasari Temple. The other temples in this area have gone without even a hint.
There is no definite date when the temple was built, but the archaeologists believe that the temple was built around the 13th century to honor King Kertanagara of the Singosari Kingdom.
Singosari Temple is located in the center of the area. The body of the temple sits on a shelf about 1.5 meters high.
The foundation of the temple is of a plain nature, without any decoration or relief. Like other temples, the stairs at the base of the temple have no makara style decoration.
The entrance to the space within the temple is positioned on the front side of the show room (a small projecting room facing south). The entrance is also plain, with no decorations etched on the sills.
The Singasari temple was partially restored by the Dutch government in the 1930s, as described in the relief at the base of the temple.
However, the restoration has not been completed because there are still many rows of stone piles in the yard that have not been successfully restored to their correct location. It’s hard to put the stone in the right spot.
There are also several sculptures in the yard, most of which are in broken or unfinished state. There are sculptures such as Shiva sculptures in different positions and sizes, Durga sculptures, and Lembu Nandini sculptures.