Jogjakarta has never run out of interesting places to visit. It has two UNESCO heritage site; Borobudur and Prambanan temple. I already wrote about Borobudur temple. This time I will write my DIY Prambanan temple.
Prambanan is the biggest Hindu temple in Southeast Asia.
To get inside this temple. You must shell out 25 USD, but if you bought a combo ticket of Borobudur and Prambanan temple which only cost 40 USD.
I took the public transportation. Ask your hotel for the nearest Transjogja bus stop. Tell the attendant at the bus stop that you are going to Prambanan. They will tell you which bus to take.
Built in the 10th century, this is the largest temple compound dedicated to Shiva in Indonesia. Rising above the centre of the last of these concentric squares are three temples decorated with reliefs illustrating the epic of the Ramayana, dedicated to the three great Hindu divinities (Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma) and three temples dedicated to the animals who serve them. (Unesco)
Prambanan Temple Compounds consist of Prambanan Temple (also called Loro Jonggrang), Sewu Temple, Bubrah Temple and Lumbung Temple. Prambanan Temple itself is a complex consisting of 240 temples. All the mentioned temples form the Prambanan Archaeological Park and were built during the heyday of Sailendra’s powerful dynasty in Java in the 8th century AD. These compounds are located on the border between the two provinces of Yogyakarta and Central Java on Java Island.
While Loro Jonggrang, dating from the 9th century, is a brilliant example of Hindu religious bas-reliefs, Sewu, with its four pairs of Dwarapala giant statues, is Indonesia’s largest Buddhist complex including the temples of Lumbung, Bubrah and Asu (Gana temple). The Hindu temples are decorated with reliefs illustrating the Indonesian version of the Ramayana epic which are masterpieces of stone carvings. These are surrounded by hundreds of shrines that have been arranged in three parts showing high levels of stone building technology and architecture from the 8th century AD in Java. (UNESCO)
After visiting the main temples. You just follow the path and it will bring you to another temple.
Actually, there are hundreds of shrines inside the complex. It is impossible to visit all of them. I just choose the popular one.
Before the exit gate. There is a museum, the museum has an audio-visual presentation of the temple. It showed how the temples were restored and also the religious significance.
Prambanan temples epitomize the cultural, historical and religious aspect of the city. It also a living witness that people from the different religious background can live together in harmony.