|Wrigin Lawang, the Banyan Tree Gate|
It's had an immense influence in the region: Indonesian art, architecture, and literature are all directly traceable to Majapahit, including most of Balinese culture. The Indonesian national flag is derived from Majapahit's royal colors, for example.
The capital of Majapahit was Trowulan, which is located an easy drive away from Surabaya. It was destroyed in 1478, and today only ruins remain, surrounded by rice fields and countryside. Excavations are still underway: the government has submitted the site to UNESCO for inclusion on the World Heritage List and hopes to make Trowulan into a major tourist destination. When I visited, though, I was the only Westerner and even the Indonesian tourists were few, despite it being a Saturday.
|The museum building|
|Grounds with reliefs collected from the site|
|I thought they were quite beautiful|
|Reconstruction of a typical commoner's house|
|Some of the excavations|
|Happy as a clam at my favorite activity, ruin viewing|