The portrait of tourism and "ngalap berkah" at Sunan Kalijaga site in Gresik, Indonesia

Nuruddin, Nur Emma Suriyani, Andy Umardiono, Novianto Edy Suharno, Sri Endah Nur Hidayati

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The contribution of tourism to a country's economy is quite large, because it has an impact on providing employment, increasing income and the living standards of local people and becoming a stimulus for the emergence of other businesses. Most of the people in the Bukit Surowiti Gresik area of Indonesia live comforatbly and are well off. In the area there is a heritage site of Sunan Kalijaga which is a special interest tourist destination for those looking for strength, wealth, matchmaking, and status, so the local people call it "ngalap berkah". This study looks at the activities and behavior of tourists during mystical activities in the region. Descriptive qualitative research methods with cultural and historical study approaches were used in this study, so as to portray the behavior of tourists, local communities, and the history and origins of the various cultures. The results of the study, show that in the area there in question, ther are several Sunan Kalijaga heritage sites which include Kali Buntung Site, Pring Silir, Sunan Kalijaga Tomb, Mpu Supa Tomb, Raden Bagus Tomb, Mataram, Mbah Singowongso Tomb, Langseh Cave, Macan Cave and Goa Lumbung Cave. However, of all the objects, Goa Langsih is the most important destination. In this place, many people meditate and look for life success, both in terms of economic, social and political impacts. Most of them feel that they are successful and some others do not get any results. From the aspect of tourism, the region has great potential to be further developed, as a tourist destination of special interest, because several needed characteristics are already in place for this to happen.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
JournalAfrican Journal of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • "Ngalap berkah"
  • Gresik Indonesia
  • Sunan Kalijaga
  • Tourism portrait
  • Tourism site


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