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    Candi Sewu or Sewu Temple

    by bkarjee Updated Dec 29, 2005

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    Candi Sewu is around 1 km from the main Prambanan temple. This is the other big temple within the Prambanan temple complex. Walking would be the best option to reach the temple, although there is a toy train service also which runs every one hour, going around each temple. Looks older then the Prambanan temple, no wonder, it is also in complete ruins. My guide told me that Govt is planning to restore this temple, and once restored, will be another great attraction in Prambanan. There is one main temple surounded by smaller temples.

    Candi Sewu Front View The sign board with Candi Sewu in the background The Guard at the main entrance
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    Candi Bubrah or Bubrah Temple

    by bkarjee Written Dec 29, 2005

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    This temple is in a real bad shape. Only the basic structure stands in its place. The building blocks of the temple is just piled up togather in total disarray. No need to waste time here. You can just proceed to Candi Sewu.

    Candi Bubrah The signboard of the temple. Greenary all around the Candi Bubrah
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    Candi Lumbung or Lumbung Temple

    by bkarjee Written Dec 29, 2005

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    Located within the Temple complex, I saw this temple not in very good shape. You can walk down to this temple from Prambanan temple. They have not been renovated well. It is on the way to Sewu Temple. Ther is no entrance fee for this temple, as it has already been paid togather with the entry fee for Prambanan temple.

    Lumbung Temple The temple sign board
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    Candi Sari or Sari Temple

    by bkarjee Updated Dec 29, 2005

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    The next stop in my itinerary was Sari Temple, which is not very far from the main road. It is a KM before the Permbanan temple. It is a walking distance in fact from the main road. The temple is surrounded by village houses and you realize you are in front of the temple only when the driver tells you that this is the temple. This temple looked slightly older then Sambisari temple, indicating that probably it was constructed earlier. The outside wall has some reliefs on all the four sides and theyt are in pretty good shape. I have a photo of one of the relief work. The steps to climb to the temple is not done properly and they are very steep. You need to be careful while climbing. Inside the temple are three chambrs but no statue or reliefs. Probably it would have been the resting place for priests. Not very clear whether this was a buddhist temple or a Hindu Temple. There are no windows in the chambers, just a small hole on the wall to allow the light to come in. It was cool inside, although the outside was warm.
    I paid IDR 2 K as entry fee.

    Sari Temple Reliefs on the outer wall of the Sair Temple
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    Candi Sambisari

    by bkarjee Written Dec 29, 2005

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    While proceeding to Permbanan, the driver will first take you to this temple, which is 2 KM before the main Permbanan temple. It is around 2 KM from the main road. There is no entry fee for this temple, but you are expected to give some token amount. I gave IDR 3K. This temple is in a fairly good shape and is located below the ground level. Inside the temple is a Shivlinga, still in good condition.

    Sambisari Temple The Temple Sign board The temple as seen from the east side The Shivliinga inside the Sambisari Temple Shivlinga base kept outside temple (linga stolen)
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    Statues

    by kyoub Written Nov 28, 2005

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    Each stairway at Candi Siva leads into four seperate rooms. In the east room is a statue of Siva, to the south is a statue of Agusty, behind him, to the west is his son Genesh. To the north is his wife Durga.

    Durga Agastya Shiva
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    Bas-relief

    by kyoub Written Nov 27, 2005

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    The bas-reliefs along the twenty sides of the temple depict the Ramayana legend. They illustrate how Sita, the wife of Rama, is abducted by an evil ogre. The monkey king Hanuman brings his army to help Rama and rescue Sita.
    The relief breaks off at a point where the monkey army builds a bridge to the island of Lanka. The end of the tale is found in Candi Brahma.

    Monkey Army
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    Candi Shiva

    by kyoub Updated Nov 27, 2005

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    From the main entrance it is a short walk to Candi Shiva, the largest of the temples.
    It is not only the largest but artistically and architecturally most perfect.
    The main spire is 47m high and the temple is lavisly adorned in Java stone art.

    Largest temple
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    The wall surrounding the temples

    by kyoub Written Nov 27, 2005

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    At the center of compound is a square-shaped terrace surrounded by a heavy wall. Gates in the wall are oriented to the four cardinal directions, leading into a middle courtyard surrounded by a much wider wall.

    The wall Walls
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    Prambanan Plain

    by kyoub Written Nov 27, 2005

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    A short drive from Yogyakarta and you will arrive at the Prambanan Plain. From the village you will see the temples come into view. The village isn't much to remember, a few warungs & a market but you go here to see the temples.
    Candi Prambanan was built some 50 years after Bourobudur. It is one of the outstanding archaeological sights in Indonesia.

    Prambanan Plain
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    Candi Plaosan

    by Rodan44 Updated Jun 28, 2005

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    Another Buddhist temple complex dating from the 9th century AD. This large site is dominated by two identical two-storey buildings, each containing 3 chambers meant to contain 3 statues each. When the complex was first discovered, the central statues in any of the six chambers had already disappeared. These were likely free standing bronze Buddha statues that could be taken out of the temple for processions on auspicious days. The flanking statues on either side of the Buddhas are carved out of stone and represented Boddhisatva, and these can still be seen today. The rows of 50 temples surrounding the principal buildings used to contain statues of the Dhyani Buddhas for the appropriate orientation: Amithabha for those facing West, Ratnasambhawa for those facing South, Akshobya for those facing East and Amoghasiddha for those facing North. North of the main buildings are the remains of a square terrace, that was likely used to place offerings. The terrace is surrounded by pedestals with 22 Dhyani Buddha statues.

    The site is not nearly as restored as its neighbors in the Prambanan Temple Complex and it receives many fewer visitors, but it is still fascinating to explore. Upon entry to the site, you will be asked to sign a guestbook and make a small donation. A local guide will then take you around the site and inside the main buildings.

    Candi Plaoan
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    Candi Kalasan

    by trisanna Written Jun 1, 2005

    This is supposed to be on the oldest structures in Prambanan. The small temple is not in the greatest shape. Half of the temple has collapsed onto itself. Not much or any recent restoration has been done. This temple is right off the main road and is surrounded by homes. Parts, that have come off the temple are located on the grass nearby the building. Over the four entrances of the temples are beautiful and decorative kala heads-looks like a smiling demon/lion. Many are made out of plaster on brick.

    Candi Kalasan, Prambanan
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    Candi Sari

    by trisanna Written Jun 1, 2005

    Candi Sari is a small but beautifully carved building. Originally used as a Buddhist monastery. Today, the building is surrounded by homes. The cost to see it is around 5,000 rps per person. There is some information on the structure by the entrance in a glass case.

    Candi Sari, Prambanan
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    Candi Sewu

    by trisanna Written Jun 1, 2005

    One of the larger temple sites. This temple is located north of the larger Candi Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu. Originally constructed around AD 850 and one of the more decoratively carved temples. There are many terraces that have beautiful carvings.

    carvings at Candi Sewu, Prambanan
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    Candi Plaosan

    by trisanna Written Jun 1, 2005

    Located northeast of the larger Prambanan complex is a beautiful temple site. This one has had less funding, so most of it hasn't been restored. Many of the Buddha images have been taken from the site-due to the lack of security. It's still hauntingly beautiful. You can get a guide for a little bit of money. Will take you are 20-30 minutes to see the temple. It cost us around 10,000 rps to enter the complex. We were the only tourists at this site.

    candi Plaosan, Prambanan
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