Tiban Macanbang Mosque, One of the Oldest Mosques in Tulungagung Kediri

Not far from Kediri, in Macanbang Village, Gondang district, Tulungagung Regency, East Java, there is a mosque that attracts residents and the existence is still a mystery. the mosque named Tiban Macanbang Mosque is not known exactly who built or how this mosque can stand in that location.


Tiban means something that comes suddenly without anyone knowing how the way then suddenly exists. People don’t know how the Tiban Mosque built and how the process is.

It is said that Tiban Macanbang Mosque was discovered in 1600 AD by a resident, Sangidin. He is one of the sons in law of Kyai Kasan Besari from Ponorogo. Kyai Kasan Besari is a teacher from Kasunanan Palace Surakarta, Ronggowarsito.

But it is said that the location of Macanbang Village is a wilderness haunted place. No one dares to enter this forest, because it is said if people enter the forest they will die.

Babad Alas

Sangidin is an ancestor of Macanbang Village who bravely entering and opens the forest. Babad alas was done by Sangidin to build a settlement. When he opened the forest, he found an ancient mosque.

Until now, Tiban Macanbang Mosque is still actively used by residents and travelers who want to pray. People make this mosque as a religious attraction.

The building of Tiban Macanbang Mosque is very beautiful and artistic. This mosque doesn’t have a tower or kubah, with the concept similar to joglo with 3 stages roof. This mosque was renovated many times but they don’t change the original shape.

Tiban Macanbang Mosque is used to pray and also for residents activity on the terrace. There is also Rabu Wekasan event which held on the first Wednesday of Sapar month. This tradition is a form of gratitude for the residents.

In this mosque, you can also find various ancient objects from the Sunan Kuning heritage such as the pulpit for preaching, dampar for tadarusan, kentongan, and bedhug. These objects are still used every day. It making Tiban Mosque more visited by spiritual religious tourism lovers.