Malang is known as a flower city. That “was” true. Nowadays, Malang is more known as educational city as there are many universities here. If you want to find flowers, then I recommend Batu. If you have already in Malang, you should visit Batu. There you will find many beautiful flower plantations.
Maybe because Batu –as a place where flowers in Malang come from- had been a part of Malang, while Malang is bigger than Batu, then Malang “was” called as a flower city. This is only my assumption then.
Now it depends to the Malang’s government and its citizen to reconstruct Malang, whether to let it to be a different kind of city, or go back to what the world has known about it, as a city of flower.
As other Indonesian city, Malang also has Aloon-aloon, or Alun-alun in Indonesian, as a place for people to gather and enjoy their time. Alun-alun Malang also serves that function. Do you know how the Malang’s Alun-alun becomes so popular for the Dutch? There is a book entitled “Het Zilveren Jubileum der Stadsgemeente Malang 1914-1939”, that there was a flower market in 1937 at the place that now known as the Alun-alun Malang?
How Malang is called as a Flower City?
Here is a more credible reason why Malang is called as a flower city. In 1947, Malang held a big congress, the KNIP congress. From the Societet Concordia, many Dutchmen were attracted by many beautiful flowers that were sold at the Malang’s Alun-alun. As you know, the Societet Concordia building (now becomes the Sarinah Plaza) is located at the northern of the Alun-alun.
Some of those Dutchmen wrote in a magazine that if people would like to see beautiful flowers, they had to come to Malang. Here is the reason why Malang is called as a flower city. So it has nothing to do with Jalan Ijen that now full with beautiful flowers.
If you visit Malang’s Alun-alun, you will still find the scenes that has been exist since the 40s, streets traders, beggars, and sometimes pickpockets.
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