Wonosobo has a religious tourism that is never lonely


Wonosobo is not only Dieng. There is also a popular religious tour, the tomb of Mbak Kyai Walik, the founder of Wonosobo.

Mbah Kyai Walik’s tomb which is located at the Al Manshur Mosque, Jalan Masjid Number 13 North Kauman, East Wonosobo Village, Wonosobo District, Wonosobo Regency, Central Java is never empty of pilgrims.

Every day, hundreds of people fill the area of ​​the tomb of the founder of Wonosobo which is flanked by the tombs of two other scholars, namely Kyai Kolodete and Kyai Karim.

Kyai Walik is known to be a Yemeni cleric whose real name is Abdul Khaqam.

According to history, Kyai Walik first came to Indonesia and lived in the residence of Sunan Kudus. Four years living in the archipelago, Sunan Kalijaga invited him to preach.

Sandiaga Uno in WonosoboSandiaga Uno in Wonosobo Photo: (doc of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy)

Sunan Kalijaga preached in the southern part of Central Java to Mataram. Meanwhile, Kyai Walik preaches in the Wonosobo area.

This history was revealed by the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy (Menparekraf) of the Republic of Indonesia, Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno, adding to the treasures of the archipelago.

In fact, based on the saga, Kyai Walik was the first scholar figure to spread Islamic teachings on the island of Java, so Wonosobo is believed to be the Zero Kilometer point of the spread of Islam on the island of Java.

“It is extraordinary to promote religious tourism in Wonosobo, including the history-based tourism that was conveyed and about the spread of Islam on the island of Java, which apparently the zero kilometer is believed to be in Wonosobo,” said Sandiaga Uno on Sunday (3/7/2022). ) in release.

Sandiaga Uno in WonosoboSandiaga Uno in Wonosobo Photo: (doc of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy)

“We also had the opportunity to visit Mbah Walik’s grave. This is one of the founding figures who during the time of Sunan Kudus and Sunan Kalijaga preached in southern Central Java and died in Wonosobo,” he added.

According to him, historical tourism owned by Wonosobo Regency is a very extraordinary tourism potential.

Tourism is believed to be able to move the community’s economy, create business opportunities and employment opportunities after the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is an extraordinary tourism potential that can drive the economy for the economic revival of the people and open up business opportunities and employment opportunities,” he said.

Not only religious tourism, during his visit, Sandiaga Uno also saw the potential of Wonosobo’s creative economy, especially regarding the development of Texel sheep.

The sheep from Texel Island, the Netherlands is said to have fine, spiral-shaped and white wool.

The wool can be spun to be used as yarn as the raw material for the typical Wonosobo woven fabric.

“Weaving based on sheep’s wool has advantages, besides the meat is faster (fat) than local goats or sheep, the fur can also be used as a very beautiful weave and won first place in a craft competition,” said Sandiaga Uno.

“These are just some of the potentials, hopefully this can lift the tourism sector in Wonosobo, apart from Dieng there are also several other potentials,” he concluded.

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