Have you watched the Ancient Apocalypse series on Netflix? If you did, you probably got to know that in the series’ first episode, it showed that Indonesia’s Java Island hides an intriguing ancient secret in one of its mountains — and I have been there!

On the reason of following my curiosity and figuring out for myself the truth about the much talked about monolithic monument dubbed as “Southeast Asia’s Macchu Picchu and the world’s oldest pyramid,” I took a flight from Singapore to Indonesia’s capital city Jakarta the weekend following the end of my third backpacking trip, and drew a route to Mount Padang (locally known as Gunung Padang) in Cianjur regency.

Mount Padang features the Gunung Padang Monolithic Site which is believed to be the home of some advanced human civilisation estimated to have occurred sometime 4,000 – 20,000 years ago. Today, it is considered as Southeast Asia’s biggest megalithic site.

In one academic research paper, Gunung Padang Megalithic Site is described as a place located at 885 metres (2,904 ft) above sea level. The site covers a hill, an extinct volcano, in a series of five terraces bordered by retaining walls of stone that are accessed by 370 successive andesite steps rising about 95 metres (312 ft). It is covered with massive hexagonal stone columns of volcanic origin.

Trip to Gunung Padang Monolithic Site from Jakarta, Indonesia

Gunung Padang Monolithic Site is reachable from Jakarta, Indonesia, for about 3 to 4 hours, depending on the road traffic and your connections.

In my case, I took a bus from Jakarta to the city of Bogor where I spent my first night. The vehicle-clogged streets of this city was incredible but also was nothing new to me.

A glimpse of Bogor City, Indonesia’s “rain city”

The next day, I took a public utility van and drove with the locals to the town of Cianjur. Upon arrival, I hired a local motorcycle driver who brought me up to the monolithic site.

My driver from Cianjur to the Gunung Padang Monolithic Site.

We drove up to the mountains and traversed many scenic views of tea plantations before arriving in Gunung Padang.

Tea plantations in Cianjur regency, West Java Island, Indonesia.

Seeing the megalithic site in person gave me some chills and mystic feeling as I delved into the mysteries of an ancient civilization. It was so eerily peaceful there, and knowing that the ancients have walked on its soil, it felt amazing.

There are still debates going on between academics whether Gunung Padang Megalithic Site is a natural rock formation or man-made.

If confirmed, Gunung Padang is the ground zero of what could be the oldest pyramid structure on our planet, carbon dated to be 10,000 – 20,000 years old, with most of it still buried underground. It could rewrite our history that advanced civilisation had already existed even in those primeval years of human civilisation.

Here are the photographs I have taken myself from many angles of the ancient site:

To reach the monolithic site, I had to climb these stairs. It was well worth it as it offered fantastic mountain sceneries along the way.
As soon as I reached the top, the first view that came was something like an elaborate entrance to an ancient temple. I did not think these stones were naturally formed.
Upon entering, there is a green space surrounded with a fence of pointed rocks. This looked to me like a receiving area.
Further down, there were slabs of rocks scattered on the ground everywhere as shown in the pictures.
Stairway to another level of the hidden pyramid.
From the terrace, there is another layer of rocks above which gave the idea that this place could be a pyramid or is hiding a large pyramid. From the view in this photo, which was taken from the top, you will notice that there are chambers that look like there were rooms before.
The most surprising was this view on the summit, which convinced me conclusively that this place was indeed constructed by humans in the ancient past. Just look at the fences that separate the surface.
Going down, there was an array of rocks which looked elaborately laid down as steps.

Do you think Indonesia’s Gunung Padang Megalithic Site is man-made too?

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