Pohsarang Church in Kediri Regency, East Java Province

It is likely tourists would visit highlands like mountains and hills when spending a vacation in Kediri Regency. However, the region also has unique vacation spots like Pohsarang Church! This one resides in Sukorame Village and belongs to Semen Sub-District, actually. Here is the fact. This Roman Catholic Church is located in the foot of Wilis Mountain, so it does come with a nice environment. The church was built by Romo Jan Waolters in 1936. He also worked with Henri Mclaine, who was his architect. Aside from being a place for worshipping, it has lured lots of tourists over time!

The Nuance
Due to an excellent teamwork between two great people, it resulted in a unique church. No wonder, the building comes with both beauty and rural nuance. It combines the Javanese architecture and Catholic symbolism, after all. As for the crowd, the number of visitors is considered high. Most of them are worshippers, but many tourists are often seen on the site as well. For the info, the site has several buildings and unique ornaments. This explains why visitors also want to enjoy photography during the visit.

Exploring Pohsarang Church
The most important allure is definitely the unique architecture. Tourists can simply explore the church for appreciating the design or take photos of it! The combination of colonial and traditional architecture would impress everyone. Plus, the church was built by several materials, especially stones. One thing, it is recommended to ask permission from the keeper before conducting photography in that area. Visitors should respect this holy place, after all. Not to mention they should take care of the environment and avoid littering, at all cost.

Exploration becomes the next common thing to do in Pohsarang Church. The church complex is built on a vast area, after all. It is said the total area is about 10 hectares! This is why tourists won’t feel bored during the exploration. In the complex, the guests can explore many objects as well. These include Hidangan Kana Garden, Elmaus Gazebo, Maria Cave, Plaza Maria, ancient tombs, Jalan Salib, and much more! Thus, everyone should make sure to explore them all during the visit.

The next important allure is related to religious events. Local Catholics often conduct various ceremonies and rituals there. Thus, tourists should come at the right time for watching those sacred moments. For instance, there is Doa Novena which is done monthly. Sometimes, the church accommodates a Catholic wedding as well.

Nearby Attractions

  • Sekartaji Park
  • Pohsarang Enscription
  • Tabor Hill
  • Kediri Water Park

How to Get There
A trip from Surabaya City to Kediri Regency usually takes about 1 hour and 59 minutes. It is because the distance is 120 km. For the information, tourists must take Surabaya Mojokerto Highway and take Mojokerto – Kertosono Highway, afterward. The purpose is to get a faster trip. Once arriving at Kediri Regency, they can simply take Raya Kediri – Pare Street in order to get to Pohsarang Church. The distance is 32.7 km, so the trip would take around 1 hour and 4 minutes.

Where to Stay

  • Pohsarang Hotel
  • Selopanggung Hotel
  • Bukit Daun Hotel

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