The name Malang itself still is a mystery for there is no valid information about it. But there are some hypothesis trying to explain the origin of â€œMalangâ€. One theory is that is derived from Malangkucecwara. This word Malangkucecwara is the name of a sacred building mentioned on two inscriptions of King Balitungâ€™s: Mantyasih inscription in 907 and 908. Those inscriptions were found in an area between Surabaya and Malang, but the location of the sacred building remains a mystery. The word â€œMalangkucecwaraâ€ is a combination of three different words. â€œMalaâ€ means something evil and dirty. â€œAngkucaâ€ means to demolish. â€œIcwaraâ€ means God. So, â€œMalangkucecwaraâ€ means God demolishes Evil.
Another theory says that â€œMalangâ€ was taken from a hill near Buring Mountains which was named Malang. This mountain is also believed to be the place where the sacred building of Malangkucecwara existed. Another explanation is that the name â€œMalangâ€ comes from a village called Malangsuka south of present-day Malang. This theory is supported by some ancient buildings found like Jago and Kidal Temple which are the inheritance of Singasari Kingdom.