Takes some stamina walking around in the heat of day
I prefer Prambanan over Borobudur
Entry to the Prambanan complex is now easier for foreign visitors who can buy the tickets online (kiostix.com) as long as you supply your passport information. Print out the tickets and show them at the door. Foreigners also have a separate entrance that allows you to avoid the long lines at the main gate for general admission. The higher price...more
We realized a long-coveted plan and attended all four episodes of the Ramayana ballet in May 2010. The dry season was late in coming, but fortunately it did not rain all nights although the full moon stayed mostly behind clouds.WhenOnly in the weekends (Friday through Monday) closest to full moon in the months May through October. Consult the...more
Kraton Ratu Boko, located on a chalk hill overlooking Prambanan village, is not a temple, but believed to have been a court of the Mataram Empire. According to the leaflet handed out to visitors:“On a stone inscription by order of Rakai Panangkaran (746-784 AD) the Ratu Boko site is referred to as Abhayagiri Wihara. (...) This can be interpreted as...more
When coming from the east along the tourist itinirary of the Archaeological Park you run up against Nandi temple. When we visited it was still covered in scaffolding because of he damages of the 2006 earthquake. Right behind is the highest temple, dedicated to Shiva Mahadewa. But we had to walk around to reach it and could only look at it from the...more
More commonly referred to as Candi Prambanan because of the village where it is located, this is the largest Hindu temple complex in Java and dates from the 9th century AD. The fact that this Hindu temple sits surrounded by many Buddhist temples that were created around the same period suggests that the two religions were practiced simultaneously...more
Candi Sewu is the second largest Buddhist temple in central Java after Borobudur and dates from 8th to 9th centuries AD. The temple is dedicated to the Buddha Vairocana, whose statue would have been contained in the main chamber, however it is no longer there. The complex is based on a Mandala design, a trait of Vajrayana school complexes....more
Stars glitter in black velvet overhead... bats swoop above the open stage as Indonesian gamelan and percussion music provides a backdrop for the ancient Hindu story of Ramayana, with the three spires of a 9th century Hindu temple standing majestically in the background. My favorite thing is the music - it's lilting, moving, inspiring, and...more
Klaten regency has been a centre of sugar production at least since 1860, when the sugar factory Gondang Winangoen was established and operated by the "N.V. Klatensche Cultuur Maatschappij". Until today sugar is produced here, now by the plantation company "PT Perkebunan Nusantara IX". However, to see the factory in operation one has to come during...more
It is only 7 km from Prambanan, this sugar factory complex dating back to 1860. The residence of the former Dutch administrator now functions as a hotel, and another former dwelling has been converted into a museum since 1982. But there is also the factory itself, with some of the old machines still operative, and lorry locs still running.In the...more
Returning from Deles Indah on the slopes of Merapi we wondered where to have dinner in Klaten: no great restaurants in Klaten that we knew of. Then we happened to pass by Merapi Resto. It looked new and attractive. The ambience is indeed great, on the border of town amidst paddy fields and fish ponds. You have the choice between a shaded restaurant...more
A hidden gem! We saw the small signboards and decided to see where they led: through bamboo groves into a small hamlet where one would not expect to find a restaurant.Kali Opak Resto is situated on the bank of Opak river, shaded by greenery and therefore surprisingly cool. The owner, mrs Rina Ismawati (mobile 0858.6859 0163) has developed her...more
After walking all the way to Candi Sewu and back, we thought we deserved a snack. There was Prambanan Garden Restaurant, quite nicely decorated. The service was friendly, the prices small, but - it must be said - so were the portions. The bowl for our soto ayam was rather smaller than usual.more
If you wanna go to Prambanan, how to get in.....From Prambanan, the nearest major city is Yogyakarta 17 kilometers away. Solo is also within easy striking distance.By planeYogyakarta's airport is just ten kilometers from Prambanan. A taxi direct to the site should cost about Rp 50,000.http://tourthewonder.com/content/tips/46more
As you aligned from Trans Jogja Bus you can see Prambanan temple in a short distance across the street. There are a few Horse Carts waiting for passengers near Prambanan Halt, with the cost of about Rp. 15,000,- (fifteen thousands rupiah) the cart will deliver you from Prambanan Halt to the entrance gate of Prambanan temple vise versa. Enjoy the...more
Buy ANYTHING and you will immediately attract a horde of aggressive touts and peddlars, indignant that you had not bought the item from them. Be prepared to be rudely harassed. Instead of feeling frustrated or caved in to them, use them against each other. I sliced off a big portion of the price for bargains by simply using their eagerness and aggressiveness against each other. Soon they will be bickering among themselves and showering you with lower prices or simply allowing you a breather to escape! Have patience and be willing to exploit the weakness of man on them!
For a small additional fee you can have a guide escort you around and explain the carvings and temples to you. It is well worth the price. We actually got two, one regular guide that spoke something like 8 different languages plus a girl that was in training.
WARNING When travelling to these usually isolated archaeological sites here in South East Asia I always carry sufficient fresh bottled water for the day. Due to the extreme heat and humidity in the tropics it is amazing how much water you drink. Dehydration can so easily come upon you it is so important to drink lots of fresh water. Be careful also...more
Description:Be prepared to be attacked from all fronts by VERY persistent touts (they are there, at the tourist attractions of Borobudor and Prambanan) who will do anything to get your attention and make deals with you to make a sale. Quite a few could tag you for half an hour or so, bugging and harassing you. It could really get irritating.Keep...more
Even the Lonely Planet marketed it as a place to visit while you are around Prambanan. After a visit to Prambanan, this is a site to be missed as they charged an arm and a leg just to enter the place at 100000 Rupiahs (or US$10) pax! I went in regardless, and found the place totally to be devoid of interest except for a pair of symmetrical gates....more
Be sure to wear comfy shoes made for walking. The steps are not the easiest to get up and down.
Photo Equipment: Take some high speed film because these temples are dark inside. It is very hard to get good pictures without light.
Miscellaneous: Be sure to take along some water. It will be hot and you will be thirsty.
The Plaosan Lor or northeren Plaosan temples are also referred to as Vihara Plaosan, because they served as Buddhist monasteries. In form and function they are similar to the Sari temple. Like the latter they had two storeys, the top floor serving as sleeping quarters, although now the wooden floors and stairs have disappeared. There were three...more
Candi Sari probably was not really a temple, as it is believed to have been the living quarters of he Buddhist priests serving Candi Kalasan (see Candi Kalasan Tip). The building had two floors, three spacious rooms on each floor. However, the upper floor was made of wood and has disappeared. This is evident from the cavities on the interior walls...more
Another Hindu temple at the foot of Merapi volcano. It is only half restored, some restauration work having been done in 1926 and later in 2000. The top of the temple was assembled in 1926, but still stands at the side where they left it then.Of interest is the yoni or altar inside the roofless temple. The conduit for water is not the usual gutter...more
The main site of Prambanan contains four temples scattered about a large, landscaped park. The complex is open daily from 6 AM to 6 PM and entry costs a fixed US$10 (US$6 student), try to get there early to beat the heat. Guides can be hired at the ticket office, costs you Rp50.000http://tourthewonder.com/content/tips/46 i miss.. the sunset at...more
At the entrance Gate, one can find a building which serve as a Tourist information center, one can find any information about Prambanan Temple and its history, and also some peoples inside the temple park offers some copied leaflets of Prambanan history with bargaining price, but it was written in Indonesia, anyway you can check if there is also a...more
Though Prambanan is easily accessible, some may want to take guided tour over here. Here's a sample of the tours that I found in the backpacker district Jalan Prawirotman ( prices accurate as at Jan2006). Just take note, I'm no bloody tour agent so quit asking me why is it that some tours start at a ghastly hour! This is just a sample to help you...more