Another of Indonesia's hidden treasures; the as yet little known area of Java's north coast, in particular the legacy left to us by the Java island's first Muslim missionaries, who have come to be known as the Wali Songo, or 'Nine Saints of Islam'
Indonesia is fast becoming recognized as an exciting country to visit. Of course, many of the nation's attractions are already world famous and some, like Java's Temple of Borobudur, Sumatra's Lake Toba and the Island of Bali have for years been compelling destinations.
More recently, the Province of East Java has begun to reveal a wealth of cultural and natural resources, among them the spectacular volcanic regions of Mt Bromo and Kawah Ijen, the rugged southern coastline and, in the field of history, the rich cultural heritage to be wit nessed at sites such as Trowulan, ancient capital of the Hindu kingdom of Majapahit.
The purpose of this book is to expose yet another of Indonesia's hidden treasures; the as yet little known area of Java's north coast, in particular the legacy left to us by the island's first Muslim missionaries, who have come to be known as the Wali Songo, or 'Nine Saints of Islam'.
According to tradition, there were nine outstanding figures who together were largely responsible for the dissemination of the Islamic faith. Known as the Wali Songo, they are recognized today as having been especially influential in the transformation of Javanese religion and culture.
The tombs of the Wali Songo, as well as those of many other important historical figures, can be found scattered along Java's north coast between Surabaya and Cirebon. Below is a list of the nine walls and the locations of their graves.
Sunan Ampel (Raden Rachmat)
Sunan Giri (Raden Paku)
Sunan Bonang (Raden Machdum Ibrahim)
Sunan Drajat (Raden Qosim)
Sunan Kudus (Ja'far Shodiq)
Sunan Kalijaga (Raden Mas Said)
Sunan Muria (Raden Umar Said)
Sunan Gunung Jati (Syarif Hidayatullah)
Colo, Mt. Muria
Mt. Sembung, Cirebon
- Maulana Malik Ibrahim
- Sunan Ampel
- Sunan Giri
- Sunan Bonang
- Sunan Drajat
- Sunan Kudus
- Sunan Kalijaga
- Sunan Muria
- Sunan Gunung Jati
The Other Wali