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When you travelling to Magelang, Central Java, you can not only visit Borobudur Temple. Magelang has many other interesting tourist attractions one of them is Butuh hamlet. It is located at the highest land in Magelang, on the slopes of Mount Sumbing. This tourist village is located at an altitude of 1,700 meters above sea level. Butuh hamlet is located approximately 20 kilometers or about half an hour of trip from Magelang City by using motor vehicles. The total population of the hamlet is around 610 families with 2,500 people. Majority of the residents work as farmers. They plant a variety of vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, cabbage and others. The structure of the residents houses in the hamlet is quite unique. The houses are built in a regular manner, following the contours of the slope of Mount Sumbing. In the past, before the houses were built, the area was an agricultural field for residents, so that the house buildings followed the contours of the land, from foot to the peak of the mountain.
For people who like natural scenery and tracking can visit Butuh Hamlet. While tracking around the hamlet, you can take pictures with a view of the houses’ row on the mountain slopes like in Nepal. You can also see the expanse of vegetable crops, and if the weather is clear, you can see Mount Sumbing from a distance. In addition, for those who like hiking, this hamlet is one of the basecamp for climbing to Mount Sumbing. In front of this basecamp, you can see the natural views from a distance, while tasting delicious typical culinary of this hamlet.