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Candirejo Village

Based on local tale, the word Candirejo was came from the word Candighra. Then this Candighra was moved to Candirga, and this word moved again to Candirja. And while the time walked through, this word also has its changing. Until now, the word stays for Candirejo. Now, this word stays for the village located in Magelang regency, one of regencies in Central Java province, Indonesia territory.

Candirejo is built by two words, candi and rejo. Both are Javanese. In english, candi can be meant by temple, but if we refer to Javanese, it meant rock/stone. And the word rejo can be meant by fertile. In fact, Candirejo village is located in area with many rocks around. It is understandable because the region where Candirejo village is located, is part of Menoreh mountain ground. Menoreh mountain is used to be a volcano. The existence of the word candi (stone/rock) is also strengthen by names of some regions in this village. There are regions named of Watu Kendhil, Watu Ambeng, Watu Dandang, etc., where word watu is have a meaning of stone. So, if both meaning are constucted together, the word Candirejo can have a meaning of one area with many rocks within, but it is fertile.

Another version of the tale; this village is named by Candirejo because some old temples (candi) were found in this area. In Brangkal, an old temple was found, and people called the temple as Brangkal temple (candi Brangkal).

Candirejo village is one of ten villages which part of Natural Resources Management for Local Community Empowerment (NRM-LCE) Project. This project is handled by PATRA-PALA foundation, local villagers, and the government of Magelang regency. This project is fully supported by Japan International Corporation Agency (IICA). For this area, this spesific project's purpose is conservation of Menoreh mountain area for its function as national monument and its world inherited culture..

Local Community
Local community of Candirejo village have good motivation for developing their life. Their local culture and the nature can be exploited to be a tourism interest. They have local handicrafts, local agriculture system, and another attractions which able to attract foreigners to visit.

The living of Candirejo villagers is dominated by agriculture activities. If they have a lot of agriculture products, they will move to Borobudur or Jagalan traditional market to sell them. Delman (horse riding carriage) is transportation means which is dominantly used by the locals.

The traditional houses of the locals are called "rumah Jawa Kampung" and "rumah Jawa Limasan", and in English, rumah Jawa means Javanese house. In this type of houses, the kitchen is separated from house. Woods are stil main material for cooking.