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Temple Of Prambanan - The Masterpiece Of Central Java

The closeness of the two temples, which are not far from the Buddhist Borobudur temple, indicates that Buddhism and Hinduism coexisted amicably in Java. The temple of Prambanan is a breathtaking sight and a symbol of Indonesia's cultural heritage.

The temples of Prambanan were erected in the 9th century and are known locally as Roro Jonggrang, which comes from a mythology about a'slender virgin.'

The largest temple honors Shiva, the destroyer, while the two smaller temples to its right and left honor Brahma, the creator, and Wisnhu, the sustainer.

Prambanan's highest temple stands at a towering 47 meters. Its top may be seen from a long distance and stands above the remains of the other temples.

The Prambanan temple was found in 1733 by CA Lons, a Dutchman, after hundreds of years of neglect.

This temple has been renovated since then, and it is now largely considered as Indonesia's most beautiful and exquisite Hindu temple.

Prambanan is a particularly magnificent edifice because of its grandeur, intricacy, and integrated architectural idea.

Prambanan was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991 as a unique cultural and architectural wonder.

History Of Candi Prambanan

A Woman Next To Prambanan
A Woman Next To Prambanan

In the 8th and 9th centuries, the Hindu rulers of Java erected a set of temples ('candi'). It was one of the world's largest Hindu temple complexes, with over 500 distinct temples and shrines, as well as a set of 50-meter-high pointed towers (165 feet).

Over the ages, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions seriously devastated the temple, which was finally abandoned to the bush and surrounded by tales and myths.

A British explorer unearthed the remains in the 1800s, but substantial restoration work didn't begin until the Dutch took charge in the 1930s.

Prambanan has had a lot more restoration work done on it in recent years than Angkor, which makes it seem a little less real, but you can still expect to see some of the same stunning construction types, such as towering stone temples and weird Hindu decorations.

Candi Prambanan is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and many of visitors come each year. It's one of the attractions of a journey to central Java, along with Borobudur.

Get Around

Prambanan Temple In The Night
Prambanan Temple In The Night

Prambanan visitors go around the temples on foot. This is the ideal way to appreciate the beautiful scenery while also getting a close look at the temples' intricate construction and design.

This temple complex is 39.8 hectares in size. The three major temples, as well as three Wahana temples, two Apit temples, and eight Patok temples, are all encircled by fencing in the main yard. Another 224 Perwara temples may be seen in the second yard.

Walking around here and looking at the exquisite masonry can keep you occupied for the whole day!

The temples at Prambanan are significantly simpler to traverse and more tourist-friendly than the temples of Angkor Wat.

The region around Prambanan has been developed, including a beautiful park and tourist gift shops.

While it is not a temple in a secluded rural environment, the temple's magnificence will immediately make you forget your surroundings.

You'll be whisked away to a period when ritual and culture ruled over all aspects of existence.

Get There

Temple Of Prambanan Complex
Temple Of Prambanan Complex

Yogyakarta or Semarang are the nearest cities to Prambanan. From Jakarta and other major Indonesian cities, Garuda Indonesia, Mandala, Merpati Nusantara Airlines, and a variety of local airlines travel to these destinations.

The first international airline to fly directly from Kuala Lumpur to Yogyakarta is AirAsia.

You may hire a vehicle in Yogyakarta and drive to Klaten. You may stroll to the temple from there.

You may always ask for a becak if you've been busy and are weary of walking. The Becak driver will take you straight up to the Temple's entry gate, not far from the ticket box, for around Rp 10,000.

Prambanan + Borobudur Tours

Temple Of Prambanan Seen From Near The Entrance
Temple Of Prambanan Seen From Near The Entrance

One of the most popular ways to see Prambanan is to combine it with a visit to Borobudur, a 9th century temple located a little outside of Yogya and known as the world's biggest Buddhist temple.

There are many additional tiny temples in the Prambanan neighborhood, so if you want to see the majority (or all) of them, the most convenient way to do so is to hire a driver or organize a full-day trip that includes everything you wish to see.

Klook offers a full-day join-in trip including the Prambanan and Borobudur temples for 900k IDR ($65 USD) with free hotel pickup, as well as a dawn tour at the same temples for a little higher price.

Map Of Prambanan

Map Of Prambanan
Map Of Prambanan

This is a general map of all the temples on the Prambanan plain, both tiny and huge. Prambanan is around 16 kilometers (10 miles) from Yogyakarta's city center, or a simple 30 minute journey.

Although not all of these temples are must-sees (a list of my favorites can be found further down this page), it is theoretically feasible to see them all in a single day.

Best Temples To See

Prambanan In The Sunset
Prambanan In The Sunset

Hundreds of Hindu temples and ruins may be seen in the Prambanan plain. The following is not a comprehensive list of all temples, but I believe these are the most remarkable and in the finest shape. On repeated trips to this location, these are the features that jumped out to me!

Candi Prambanan

Candi Prambanan
Candi Prambanan

The Prambanan Archaeological Park's main temple is the heart of the Prambanan Archaeological Park.

The magnitude is incredible, and the gigantic structures may be entered. Outside, there are many beautiful sculptures on the stone walls.

Candi Bubrah

Candi Bubrah
Candi Bubrah

While travelling from Prambanan to Candi Sewu, you'll pass through this little temple. It isn't the most impressive on the list, but it is in excellent shape and may be visited.

Candi Sewu

Candi Sewu
Candi Sewu

This is our second favorite Prambanan temple. It's a Buddhist temple, and it's older than the rest of Prambanan's structures.

The roofs are bell-shaped (like Borobudur), and two large guardian figures with clubs keep guard at the entrance.

Candi Plaosan

Candi Plaosan
Candi Plaosan

Outside of the Prambanan Archaeological Park, this is the sole temple on the list. Plaosan is about a 30-minute walk from the Prambanan entrance (or a 5 minute drive with GoJek). This temple is the ideal place to see the dawn!

Where To Stay

A Prambanan Hotel Room
A Prambanan Hotel Room

Prambanan is close to the city of Yogyakarta, so you'll want to reserve a hotel there for your visit.

Yogya has a plethora of excellent restaurants, hotels, and shopping complexes at extremely reasonable pricing.

In Yogyakarta, we stayed at stepHouse Homestay. A tidy double room with A/C, private bathroom, and fast WiFi cost $17 USD per night.

The location is one of the most appealing aspects of our homestay. The Malioboro mall and railway station were both within walking distance, which was ideal if you were going to take the train to Malang to explore Tumpak Sewu and Mount Bromo, as we were. Prices may change from time to time, so keep your eyes peeled for a good bargain.

People Also Ask

Why Is Prambanan Temple Famous?

The temple complex is, without a doubt, the greatest Hindu temple complex in ancient Java, with no other Javanese temples ever matching its size.

Prambanan was the Kingdom of Mataram's royal temple, where most of the state's religious events and sacrifices took place.

What Was The Prambanan Temple Used For?

Prambanan Temple is located near Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The Lara Jonggrang is supposed to have been erected in the early 10th century by Dhaksa, a monarch of Mendang-Mataram (Hindu-Mataram), to honor the Hindu deity Shiva. It is Indonesia's biggest Shiva temple.

What Religion Is Prambanan Temple?

Sewu, Lumbung, and Bubrah temples are Mahayana Buddhist temples, whereas Prambanan is a Hindu temple complex devoted to Trimurti, Hinduism's three greatest gods.

Which Is The Biggest Hindu Temple In The World?

The Srirangam Temple is often referred to be the world's biggest functional Hindu temple.

The temple, which is situated in Tamil Nadu, spans 156 acres (631,000 m2) and has a circumference of 4,116 meters (10,710 ft), making it India's biggest temple and one of the world's largest religious complexes.

How Many Temples Are Found In Prambanan Temple?

Prambanan Temple is really a complex of 240 temples. All of the temples listed are part of the Prambanan Archaeological Park, which was established in the 8th century AD during the reign of Sailendra's great dynasty in Java.

Conclusion

Panoramic View Of The Temple Of Prambanan
Panoramic View Of The Temple Of Prambanan

The Candi Prambanan temple is Indonesia's own 9th century counterpart to Cambodia's Angkor Wat temple.

If you've already visited Angkor, this is essentially a continuation of your previous journey.

Prambanan, like Angkor Wat, is massive in size and filled with enchanted characteristics. You'll think you've taken a step back in time!

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