Written by Cisca Lim
Co-written by Martin Firas Harahap and Geninna Ariton
Assisted by Imron Ramadhan, Matt Ho, and Shasya Pashatama

As the second largest city in East Java after Surabaya and prized for its mild highland climate, all eyes are now on Malang, the relatively-new darling of Indonesia. This is all due to its rapid growth in family friendly locations and fancy accommodation.

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Malang is now one of the best faces in the country that promises a mix of modern urban lifestyle with a natural and agricultural heartbeat. So any traveling brood will get a taste of entertainment that befits the entire family.

From colourful amusement parks to unique museums and restaurants to natural attractions, let’s explore some of the best family activities here that would definitely entertain you and your little ones!

1. Enjoy a splashing Hawaiian family fun time at Hawai Waterpark Malang


No need to travel thousands miles away to experience a slice of Hawaii – Malang bids your family a warm aloha as you enter the spacious Hawai Waterpark.

You can slide on the Hula-hula or Wailele slide, get cozy at Waikiki Beach, enjoy a drink right by Akaolu pool…


…Or have a taste of giant waves at the Tsunami pool (don’t worry, there are lifeguards on standby).



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If you want to take a break from the adrenaline-pumping activities, take a stroll at the nearby apple and orange farm to let the breeze cool you down.

Hawai Waterpark Malang

Address: Jl. Graha Kencana Raya, Banjararum, Singosari, Malang, Jawa Timur 65126, Indonesia
Contact: 0812 32 88 33 55 ( SMS centre)
Opening Hours : 10 am – 5 pm ( weekday) & 8 am- 5 pm ( weekend/ holiday)
Price/ Entrance Fee : Rp 75.000 per person during weekday ( Approximately USD 5.5) and Rp 100.000 per person during weekend ( around USD 7). Free admission for kids under 85cm.


2. “Are you afraid of crocodiles?” at Predator Fun Park

Don’t be quick to judge Predator Fun Park as too scary and unsuitable for your little ones! It’s a good learning experience for your kids and they may even be excited for more.


You will be able to check out a fauna gallery, a gigantic outdoor water park, and a cultural museum of Angklung (a traditional musical instrument made from bamboo).


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And here comes the highlight – the crocodile farm. Here, you’ll learn all about the reptile right at their breeding pond. While the crocodile feeding is only done by the experts,  you can definitely get up close and feed the other types of predatory fish present.


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The colorful fun park also boasts of many attractions such as The Croco Train, The Predator Playground, The Labyrinth Maze and more.


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Bring your swimsuits along as your kids will definitely want to play at the large water park!

Predator Fun Park.

Address : Jl. Raya Tlekung No.315 Junrejo Kota Wisata Batu – East java Indonesia 65314
Contact : 0341- 531999
Opening Hours : 8.30 am – 4.30 pm
Price/ Entrance Fee : Rp 30.000 per person during weekday ( approximately USD 2) and Rp 50.000 ( approximately USD 3.5) during weekend.


3. Explore the exquisite botanic gardens of Selecta Recreation Park

Located in Batu city which was once part of Malang Regency, Selecta Recreation Park boasts of 18 hectares of greenery.


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This includes a dedicated theme park with a 4D cinema and exciting rides, a lively water park, a freshwater swimming pool, and an endless stretch of beautiful garden dotted with decor and statues. If you want to do a weekend staycation, you can even spend the night here with your family at the hotel.


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This gorgeous place actually dates back to the Dutch colonial era, when it originally belonged to a Dutchman named Sir Wildt. Taken in by the beauty of its scenery, he decided to build the place as the prestigious weekend destination for the rich and selected few, thus the name “Selecta”.


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The good news: you don’t have to be of certain social status to enjoy this recreation park now, but it doesn’t mean that your family won’t feel extra special if you choose to bring them here!


Selecta – Taman Rekreasi, Hotel & Restoran

Address : Jl Raya Selecta 1 Kota Wisata Batu Malang, Jawa Timur – Indonesia ( office)
Contact : 0341 592379
Opening Hour : 6 am – 6 pm
Price/ Entrance Fee : Rp 25.000 per person ( Approximately USD 2)


4. Soak in soul-soothing water in the springs of Malang

Imagine being surrounded by the verdant jungle, accompanied only by the peaceful sounds of nature while soaking in the blissful spring water that soothes every inch of your body.

Yup, you can enjoy all these in the springs of Malang. We have 4 recommendations:

4-a. Soak in more-than-a-century old beauty of Taman Spring, Pagelaran District

The striking beauty of Taman Spring lies in the surrounding large trees that are said to be more than hundreds of years old. With cool shades above your head and even cooler water as you dip in, take in the scenery while listening to the laughter of children enjoying the area.


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Sumber Mata Air Taman

Price/ Entrance Fee : A small fee for parking ( less than USD 0.5)
How to get there : This spring is wedged between 2 villages, Karangsuko and Brongkal. The recommended route is through Karangsuko village which is 45 min away by car, as the road is more well-paved.

4-b. Witness the jewel of turquoise waters and a fossil tree at Jenon Spring, Tajinan District

Jenon is a must-visit if you fancy an exotic dip in the fresh water from the foot of Mount Ronggo.


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Not only is it invigorating, but the turquoise clear water also allows you to peep underneath at the swimming fish and the legendary roots of Jenu the fossil tree.


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Sumber Mata Air Jenon

Price/ Entrance Fee : A small fee for parking ( less than USD 0.5)
How to get there : Accessible by car or motorbike from the center of Malang city to the Tajinan district until you reach the Tajina local market. Head east for about another 20 minutes following the road signs or ask for the friendly local to confirm directions.

4-c. A slice of underwater paradise at Sirah Spring, Gondanglegi District

Sirah is popular for its extra gorgeous waterbed of algae and other water plantations.


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You’ll be treated to an endless stretch of green with crystal clear visibility.


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The cool breeze and lush jungle will only enhance your experience soaking in these waters with your family.

Sumber Mata Air Sirah

Price/ Entrance Fee : A small fee for parking ( less than USD 0.5)
How to get there : Head to Bululawang village and you’ll pass 2 significant places : a sugar mill and a corn mill named Pioneer. Keep to your right until you’ve reached the second trisections, head straight and you’ll soon reach the Sirah Spring.

4-d. Refreshing bath at the mini waterfall of Kalireco Spring – Lawang District

Passing through the hills of Sumber Waras is the cool stream from the foot of Mount Arjuna.


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As it ends in the Spring of Kalireco, several mini waterfalls are formed, making it an ideal relaxation spot with your family.

Sumber Mata Air Kalireco

Getting there : Coordinates here

5. Every Family’s Favorite: Ride in Ancient Vehicles at Museum Angkut

A staple of Malang tourism’s hottest spots and every family’s favorite, Museum Angkut will capture the hearts of boys and girls of all ages with a collection of over 300 vehicles,  all from different eras and countries.


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At 3.8ha in size, Museum Angkut is the biggest museum in Southeast Asia.


Make your way through eight exhibition zones, from the main hall where legendary vehicles are displayed, to the educational hall where the the history of transportation is visualized, and even the Euro Zone where cars from their respective countries are displayed – including a range rover once used by the Queen of England!


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Just outside the building is ‘Pasar Apung’, a replica of a traditional floating market where an assortment of delicacies are sold.


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Take a ride on a miniature gondola while you munch on some fritters, or visit the Museum D’Topeng Kingdom and admire a collection of traditional masks from different parts of Indonesia!

Museum Angkut

Address: Museum Angkut, Jl. Terusan Sultan Agung No. 2, Kota Batu, Jl. Sultan Agung, Kec. Batu, Jawa Timur
Contact: (0341) 595007
Opening hours: 12pm to 8pm
Entrance: Weekdays IDR$ 60,000 / USD$4 | Weekends IDR$ 80,000 / USD$ 5


6. Try your own version of maze runner in the labyrinth of Coban Rondo Maze

A gigantic labyrinth in the garden simply squeals fun and excitement for your little ones. You can let them run freely and happily here – the maze at Coban Rondo Leisure Park.

Challenge your friends and family to a race – by figuring out how to reach the fountain garden in the middle of the labyrinth first. Don’t underestimate the size of the maze!


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Of course, there is always the option of having a friend stand on the watchtower to guide you through, while looking from the perfect vantage point with a bird’s eye view from above.

The symmetric hedge walls are 2 metres tall, and will surely bring out the enthusiasm of any Instagrammer. Do keep in mind that the park can get quite crowded, especially during weekends – to the point where it is difficult to get a decent picture without being photobombed! (Get there before 10am to avoid the crowd.)


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Apart from the maze, the park is also home to Coban Rondo Waterfall which stands at almost 90 meters. Regular outbound activities are also available in the premises, including ziplines and even a 3 on 3 paintball arena!


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Coban Rondo Maze, Pujon

Address: Jl. Coban Rondo, Batu, East Java 65391. Coordinates here
Opening hours: 9am to 5pm
Entrance: IDR$ 7,500 (USD$ 0.54)

7. East Java’s #1 Family Destination – Jawa Timur Park

Dubbed as East Java’s most iconic amusement park, and possibly one of the best in the country as of now – Jawa Timur Park, or ‘Jatim Park’ for short ranks up to international standards in attractions and maintenance.

With so much to show, this amusement park has to be split in two to contain all there is to offer! And with so many things to do, you might need more than a day to really enjoy the Jawa Timur Parks. Just a short walk from the Jawa Timur Park 2, the Pohon Inn offers guests a view of surrounding mountains.


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You can even dine with a herd of leopards!


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PS: Swarming with families from all across the country, you might want to avoid come here on a weekend.

7-a. Enjoy the endless attractions and hop in the giant pool at Jawa Timur Park 1

First of the many destinations under the Jawa Timur Park Group, Jawa Timur Park 1 offers 55 attractions ranging from the usual stomach-churning amusement parks, to science and history exhibitions that are fully interactive.


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Educative recreation is what the Jawa Timur Park 1 promotes. The attractions in the premises are often linked to either culture, the sciences, or history. An extensive exhibition room called the ‘Galeri Nusantara’ is dedicated to showcasing Indonesia’s variety of ethnicities from Sabang to Merauke. Even its biggest attraction – a gigantic swimming pool is in the theme of the cunning Ken Arok, the king of Singosari (present day Malang)


Stretching over 11 hectares on the hill of Malang, you might need a whole day just to try out all the Jawa Timur Park 1’s attractions. You won’t have to worry about not getting enough energy to burn, there are various eateries to choose from spread all over the park.

Jawa Timur Park 1

Address: Jalan Kartika 2 Kota Wisata Batu, Kota Batu, Jawa Timur
Phone: (0341) 597777
Opening hours: 8.30 – 16.30
Entrance: Weekday – IDR$ 60,000 (USD$ 4) | Weekend – IDR$ 80,000 (USD$ 5)
Map of Jatim Park 1


7-b. Delve into the world of wildlife: Jawa Timur Park 2

For even more educational amusements, Jawa Timur Park 2 dedicates itself to increasing the public’s awareness on ecology and protecting its inhabitants. If you aren’t so much into running around a theme park swarming with screaming children, the Jawa Timur Park 2 would suit you.


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Most visitors would start from the Museum Satwa, displaying various exhibitions of preserved wildlife in their native environments. There is even a life size model of tyrannosaurus rex and other prehistoric creatures, providing visitors plenty of spots for one-of-a-kind photographs.


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Next, watch the animals come to life at the Batu Secret Zoo home to several hundred species of birds from all over the world – visitors have a chance to interact with some of the world’s rarest, and even endangered birds. get up close and personal with a collection of big cats, such as different types of lions, tigers, and leopards. A variety of snakes can also be found in the park, behind the safety of thick glass panels of course!

Jawa Timur Park 2

Address: Jawa Timur Park, Jl. Oro Oro Ombo No. 9, Batu, East Java
Contact: +62 341 59777
Opening hours: 10am to 6pm
Entrannce: Weekday – IDR$ 75,000 (USD$ 5) |  Weekend – IDR$ 105,000 (USD$ 7)
Map of Jatim Park 2


7-c. Interactive Educational Playground: Eco Green Park

Seeing animals in a zoo is one thing, walking amongst them in their habitats is on a different level. The Eco Green Park aims to preserve the nature it was built on, which was once an orange plantation. Many of the surrounding trees and bushes were left intact in the building of the venue.


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Besides its extensive collection of birds, ranging from flamingos to eagles, the eco green park educates visitors on sustainable living, starting with farming or herding animals, as well as hydroponics to farm at home. Many of the park’s ornaments are even made out of recycled material.

One of the park’s latest attractions, the Rumah Terbalik has gained a lot of buzz in the airwaves lately. A pink upside-down house with furniture on the ceiling makes for one of a kind family vacation photos!



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Eco Green Park

Address: Jawa Timur Park, Jl. Oro Oro Ombo No. 9, Batu, East Java
Contact: +62 341512525
Opening hours: 9am to 5pm
Entrance: Weekday – IDR$ 40,000 (USD$ 2) | Weekend IDR$ 60,000 (USD$ 4)
Map of Eco Green Park


8. Picnic and roam among the tea leaves at Wonosari Tea Plantations, Singosari

Situated on the slopes of Mount Arjuna and half an hour north of Malang, lies the peaceful hills where tea plantations sprawl, owned and run by PT Perkebunan Nusantara. Having opened to the public as an ‘Agrotourism Park’, the Wonosari Tea Plantation is not only where world-renowned beverages are produced, but is also a great place to take the family to for some private quality time.


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Activities available range from outbound obstacle courses, including wall climbing,ziplines (flying fox) and paintball.


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And if you’re looking for something that’s both entertaining and educational at the same time, you can bring the kids to a complete tour of tea production – from leaf selection at the plantation, to the process of turning them into dry packaged tea at the factories! The city-bred kids will definitely learn something new and different!

Not ready to leave the serenity of the mountains yet? Why not stay at the recently renovated accommodation at the Wonosari Tea Plantations? Choose from Rollaas Hotel, or the many choices of cottages (from $16) per night.


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After spending the day roaming around tea plantations, another spot from which you can enjoy the panorama of Malang’s countryside is Sumber Krabyakan lagoon.


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This natural swimming pool offers the best ‘seat’ to view Mount Arjuno and Arjuna from a distance. Truly a splendid way to end your day.

Wonosari Tea Plantations, Singosari

Address: Wonosari Tea Plantation, Lawang, Malang
Contact: (0341) 426032 / 082895250682
Opening hours: 7am to 5pm
Entrance: 10,000 IDR (USD$ 0.7)



Wisata Air Krabyakan, Desa Sumber Ngepoh, Lawang, Malang

Opening hours: 6am to 6pm
Entrance: 5,000 IDR (USD$ 0.36)
Getting there: From Malang, head towards Lawang Market in the town of Lawang. Then head eastwards on Jl Pandawa, your destination will be within 3km. There are not many road signs currently, so do ask around, coordinates here.

9. Learn to be a farmer for a day at Oro Oro Ombo

Ever wondered if a quieter lifestyle would suit you and the family? Here is your chance to give it a try!

Roughly translating to ‘a vast grassland’, the Oro Oro Ombo (not to be mistaken with Oro Oro Ombo in Mount Semeru) started out as a garden city during the colonial era. With a variety of plants and flowers cultivated in the area, it soon became a landmark of the city.

At 700 meters above sea level, the view and temperature, as well as the sight of a colourful collection of flowers of all shapes and sizes, is the perfect place to get lost!


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Get hands-on experience at milking a cow or grooming a horse before trotting along the hillside, or if you’re into it, you can even partake in the breeding of mealworms as bird food!

You will never run out of things to do at Oro Oro Ombo Village, even after the sun goes down. The Batu Night Spectacular opens as late as 11pm, and the list goes on!

Oro Oro Ombo Village is also home to Jawa Timur Park 2, along with Museum Satwa, as well as the Eco Green Park.


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Since day trips won’t be enough to fully enjoy Oro Oro Ombo Village, you might want to find a place to spend the night. Thankfully, this won’t be a problem (unless it is during the peak holiday season).


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Hotels and guest houses start from $21 – but for a truly authentic experience, do a homestay at a local villager’s home and get a chance to follow them as they go about their daily routine.

Oro Oro Ombo Tourism Village, Batu

Address: Desa Wisata Oro Oro Ombo, Batu, East Java. Coordinates here

10. Indulge in culinary feast in family-friendly restaurants

For the travelling family, food is a major issue. But Malang will put all your worries to rest with its variety of food that are readily accessible anywhere you go.

There are also choices of themed restaurants that will satiate your need for great food and adventure at the same time. Here are 2 of our picks:

10-a. Have a sensational meal in a museum: Rumah Makan Inggil

This is literally a dining experience in a museum, complete with artifacts, antique displays, old weapons, traditional masks, vintage utensils and black & white photography, while your meal is being served.


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On the menu is traditional Indonesian cuisine that is as tasty as it is authentic.

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To enhance your dining pleasure, there is also an art performance by Javanese dancers that’s available during certain dining hours. This is definitely one meal that your family will remember for a long time!


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Rumah Makan Inggil

Address: Jalan Gajah Mada No. 4, Malang
Contact: 0341-332 110
Opening Hour : 10 am- 10 pm
Price : Food starts from Rp 15.000 ( approximately USD 1)

10-b. Set sail for an unforgettable culinary voyage: Festival Dermaga Kuliner

How about having a little picnic on the harbour by the sea, but without all the hassle of going outdoors? This is what the nautical-themed restaurant offers for every family.


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Complete with detailed decor such as fishnets, wooden fish, and other interior features that resemble a ship, you’ll feel that you are in an exclusive yacht heading to somewhere exotic with your family!


Enjoy some seafood while being served by waiters decked in different uniforms. So don’t be surprised if Popeye takes your order, a navy captain serves your meal, while a US sailor presents you the bill for your delicious meal.


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Festival Dermaga Kuliner

Address: Jalan Danau Toba G1/E19, Sawojajar, Malang
Contact: 0341-721 000
Opening Hour : 10 am- 10 pm
Price : Food starts from Rp 12.000 ( approximately USD 1)

11. Relax in magnificent paddy views in an all-in family facility: BeSS Resort & Waterpark

Take a quick road trip just 20 km from the centre of Malang to the Lawang area, and you’ll soon find yourself in another breezy family destination – BeSS Resort & Waterpark.


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This place comes with a hotel, swimming pool, outbound area, a fishing pond, a jogging track and kids playground – perfect for families.


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You can also get magnificent views of verdant paddy fields with a flowing river and a glorious mountain in the background. So if you plan to spend a night or two here, be sure to pick the family room with a balcony view – you won’t bear to check out anytime soon!


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BeSS Resort & Waterpark

Address : Malang Anggun Sejahtera Residence, Lawang, Malang, Jawa Timur
Contact :0341-421 500, 420 980, 420 981, 421 405
Price : Starts from Rp 325.000/ night ( approximately USD25)

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12. Your one-stop shop in Batu – Kusuma Agrowisata Hotel (From USD $35)

Though not located in the center of Malang, Kusuma Agrowisata Hotel has a lot of things to offer.

And by a lot, we really mean, a lot. In fact, you’ll find yourself wanting to stay longer in the resort, rather than venturing outside.



Horseback riding, a huge swimming pool, riding in a quad, playing soccer on a real field, tennis courts, a big playground with carnival rides for the kids and kids at heart – these are just some of the few outdoor activities that you can do while staying here.


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Tired of running and laughing all day? Don’t fret, simply relax in their spa after a tiring day doing all of these activities. And in case you’re not the outdoor type, you can also enjoy a round of karaoke or two.


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Apple picking is also available next door! You don’t need to go outside and rent a tour bus or use local transport. Instead, you can actually do apple, orange and even strawberry picking in the resort!


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In fact, this property is the only agrotourism hotel in Malang. So enjoy learning about agriculture while staying here!

For those who can splurge a little more, their superior cottage surely won’t disappoint!

Kusuma Agrowisata Hotel

From USD $35 (approximately Rp. 426960)
Address: Jl. Abdul Gani Atas, Ngaglik, Kec. Batu, Kota Batu, Jawa Timur, Indonesia
Contact: +62 800 1593333

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As a family-focused destination, Malang is certainly a sensible choice when you plan for your next family vacation. So, surprise your kids, excite your spouse, and pack your suitcases – the best family destination in East Java awaits!

Do you know of any other family-friendly attractions in Malang? Do share with us today!

PLEASE NOTE: All the above information is correct at the date of publication. If you come across any changes or updates, please let us know and we will update the information accordingly. Thank you!
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