Gunung Padang

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Gunung Padang has been an uphill battle for acceptance since it was first announced in the public science news. Even geologist, Robert Schoch’s endorsement in his books and videos did not do much to turn the tide. As mentioned in this article, Gunung Padang has the potential of Gobekli Tepe in terms of a complete overhaul of human history. Even more if it gains a few more prominent supporters from mainstream science community and it seems that may happen sooner than later. See the latest Atlas Obscura article about the youngest homo erectus individual yet found in Indonesia. Coupled with numerous professional papers by international teams seriously rewriting human origins and migrations, Gunung Padang’s moment in the spotlight alongside Gobekli, Denisova and Jebel Irhoud may be nigh at hand. I certainly hope so because it has just made my top list of places I want to visit. Now don’t anybody go having a war there. LOL!


I visited Gunung Padang in 2018. It is quite far out of the way and it is a complicated route to get there from Jakarta or Bandung. The drive is worth it, you got through mountainous terrain covered in beautiful tea plantations and stunning vistas. The site does not disappoint for those who love megalithic history. Although there is absolutely no consensus when this site was built, it really does have an amazing energy and its summit is a great place to meditate. Based on my research of the area, this type of megalithic architecture goes back at least 4000 years and many different cultures have arranged the natural basaltic pillars (Nan-Madol) that terraform hills into pyramidal structures. After looking at the different layers of architecture, it is apparent this mound was built in many different stages due to differing architectural styles.

I highly recommend visiting! Safe Travels.

  • Andreas
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