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Bandungan is a small village, or as they say a market town, that served as a hill resort for those in nearby Semarang. About 1000m up in the Ungaran Mountains, the town offers some gorgeous views of Central Java's mountainous landscape, including Merapi and Merbabu Mountains. The outdoor market here is actually very busy, despite the lack of people in the village. I guess it does actually draw a crowd! There are some touristy knickknacks, but the best features of this market are the sweets, fruits, and vegetables...ok, well, at least the sweets. The area has an old train museum for the line that used to come through the area. And there is also a tempeh museum. Now, tempeh is very delicious, but I can guarantee you that you will have a hard time trying to stomach tempeh after watching it being made. Maybe give this one a miss if you enjoy eating it. The biggest attraction around Bandungan is the Gedung Songo Hindu temples, dating back to 8th century. It is a long walk to go around and see the temples and other ruins, so you could do what I did and get a horse. It is scary, actually, as the paths the horses are expected to walk on are actually narrow ledges alongside the mountain. But bring your camera if you do brave the mountainside as the views are stunning.

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