Exploring Indonesia Ancient Prambanan Temple

Exploring Indonesia’s Ancient Prambanan Temple

The trip to Indonesia was carefully thought and planned for months. Our topmost priority was to explore the ancients and widely known temples in Indonesia and one of it was the Prambanan. There has been always something on those temples that heightens my curiosity about history.

Our first day in Yogyakarta did not start right but we were still able to end it with a delightful evening with the memories of our Prambanan journey. I indicated before on this blog that we planned to spend our first day exploring the Borubudur temple. The reason for prioritizing Borobudur was to set the next day in Prambanan and to watch the Ramayana Ballet afterwards, which would be only played on that particular day. Unfortunately, we were compelled to move our schedule  by visiting Prambanan over Borubudur because of time constraint.

It took us about 40 minutes to reach the Prambanan temple from the Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta through a Grab Taxi. Thankfully, there was no traffic jam while going to the temple. We dropped off at Prambanan and purchased the combo ticket for Candi Prambanan and Candi Borobudur.

Exploring Indonesia's Ancient Prambanan Temple

From where we stood, the ambience opened to us a wide and greenery park that surrounded the majestic Hindu temples. I felt like I would like us to spend some time sitting on the grass while savoring the calm atmosphere if only we still had the luxury of time.

Exploring Indonesia's Ancient Prambanan Temple

After snapping few selfies, we continued our leisure walk toward the Prambanan temples along with fellow tourists and locals. The sight was something to behold that it get rid of our sleepiness. Picture perfect or instagrammable as what the millennials call it.

Exploring Indonesia's Ancient Prambanan Temple

Just to share some facts, the  Prambanan temple which was built in the middle of the 9th century was the largest temple dedicated to Shiva and was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Moreover, it is also called as one of the biggest Hindu temple in Southeast Asia. The said temple is dedicated to the Trimurti: Brahma (the Creator), Vishnu (the Preserver), and Shiva (the Destroyer).

Exploring Indonesia's Ancient Prambanan Temple

Prambanan temple is also known also as Candi Rara Jonggrang. The biggest temple among them all is in staggering 47 meter high dedicated to Shiva (the destroyer). Its tall and pointed architecture which was typical of a Hindu temple was impressive. I am not a Hindu but I have a great interest in Hinduism.  This all started when I studied Indian literature when I was in college. I came to know more about different gods in Hinduism such as Rama and Sita, Krishna and the other Indian characters through the Sanskrit epic Mahabharata and Ramayana.

Exploring Indonesia's Ancient Prambanan Temple
An old man with a fat belly, holding prayer beads and a jar.
Exploring Indonesia's Ancient Prambanan Temple
Mind blowing panels of relief showing the story of Ramayana

Every steps and in every turns, there would be always something which we could consider amazing on each delicate details of the temples. Everything was carefully crafted from the entrance to the bas reliefs carved on the inner walls of the balustrades.

Exploring Indonesia's Ancient Prambanan Temple

Exploring Indonesia's Ancient Prambanan Temple

Exploring Indonesia's Ancient Prambanan Temple

It was truly a masterpiece of the sacred Hindu architecture. I guess it was even more breathtaking when it was not yet ruined by earthquakes. According to the historians, there were originally 240 temples, but some of it were destroyed by massive earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

Exploring Indonesia's Ancient Prambanan Temple

Steven and I left Prambanan at 5:00 in the afternoon. The Ramayana ballet which we wanted to witness was something we did not tick off from the things we would like to do while in Indonesia. Maybe someday, we can watch it in another country.

Exploring Indonesia's Ancient Prambanan Temple

The Prambanan temple looks surreal. Never in my life, I thought of that one day I would be seeing this fascinating temple. It was a great experience to explore it and we were absolutely blown away by such a great artistry.

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27 comments

  1. There is a story in each stone carved in these ancient monuments. It’s like, one sets foot in temples like these and their surroundings start speaking 🙂 Very nice to learn about something like this The architectures of the past are much more sturdier than today’s bricky constructions 🙂

  2. When I was there several years ago they were still restoring what survived the earthquake. Glad to see what they look like without the scaffolds. I did the itinerary you were thinking of – I thought the Ramayana ballet we went to was pretty good then. Hanuman got to fly around the stage and there was like a fire ring and stuff. Hope you get to see a version of it one day.

  3. The Prambanan temples are so majestic and are a poem in stone. The history and heritage of the region is so rich. The fascinating temples which are a UNESCO World Heritage site are indeed the stuff that dreams are made of, would love to get there some day.

  4. The place is gorgeous, but I’m not sure if I would like to stay there the whole day under the hot sun! Probably visit it at around 4 or 5 pm and stay till late~… Yet again, the temples won’t look as nice at night?

  5. I have also been lucky enough to have seen some magnificent temples in Indonesia, in Bali. But there are so many more to see. The Prambanan temple looks magnificent!

  6. I always love visiting ancient temples and heritage sites.Borobudur is on top of my list.Recently we planned a trip,somehow we couldn’t continue the tour.Thanks for introducing Prambanan temple.So,in our tour we can include both these temples in Indonesia.This temple is with lot of beautiful views and murals.

  7. The ancient prambanan temple looks so stunning. I really want to visit Indonisia someday. To personally experience what you have experience.

  8. I love old temples, in fact the older the better. So much of history in them The art work too is exemplary. I just did Angkor temples and that has left me craving for more such ancient ones.
    Adding Prambanan Temple to my list.

  9. Great post, and have to thank you for sharing so detailed information, I am planning soon to visit Bali and wasn’t much aware of Parambanan temple, but I need to definitely put it in my itinerary. 🙂

  10. I have travelled to many places in Asia – but have yet to make it to Bali. The temples there are so gorgeous – and interesting to see how the differ across the countries. Will have to keep these in mind when I finally get to this paradise.

  11. I have never been to Indonesia, not even to Bali. I definitely want to visit Borobodur and now I shall add Prambanan to my itinary. Does the $40 combo ticket cover you for only two consecutive days?

    1. I think it is still possible.Actually, we would like to explore Borobudur and Prambanan in just one day but due to time constraint, it wasn’t achieved.

  12. That is beautiful! I love visiting temples and this is one is stunning – I used to live in Bali and would love to go back to Indonesia to discover some more!

  13. I have only been to Indonesia once and that is to Bali. I will definitely want to see Borobodur and now this one Prambanan. About the $40 combo ticket to both temple complexes, is that good for just two consecutive days?

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