Jakarta, IO – During his rule in 1801, Dutch Governor of Java’s Eastern Coast Nicholaus Engelhard reported the ruins of a temple in a barren plain of Malang, which would later be known as Singosari Temple.
Since then, it had drawn the attention of the Europeans. In 1804, the statues were removed from the temple ruins and brought to the Netherlands in 1819.
Today, the condition of the statues is well-preserved in the Dutch museum, said Hindu-Buddhist Antiquities expert Suwardono, as reported by Detik on Thursday (30/6).
He added that the treatment of archaeological objects in Indonesia and the Netherlands is generally the same. The only difference is that the Netherlands has advanced technology because they are more experienced than Indonesia.