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  • Borobudur, Yogyakarta
    Borobudur, Yogyakarta
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    Ratu Boko: Paseban (King's Hearing Place)

    by cal6060 Written Jul 7, 2012

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    Paseban is a ruined site. Paseban consists of two halls or batur, eastern Paseban ( length 24.6 meters, width of 13.3 meters, height of 1.16 meters) and western Paseban (length 24.42 meters, width 13.34 meters, and height 0.83 meters). The two Paseban are estimated facing each other, but its function is still unknown for certain. It is called Paseban by analogy with the palace at the present time. Paseban is a waiting room for guests who want to meet the King.

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    Ratu Boko: Burning Temple (ruined) & The Holy Well

    by cal6060 Written Jul 7, 2012

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    Burning Temple is made of andesite stone, measuring 22.6 meters length, 22.33 meters width, and 3.82 meters height. In Indonesian " Pembakaran" or burning is based on the finding of ashes. So people in the pass thought that the building was used as crematory or storage of the King's ashes, so they called it " Burning Temple" After having studied more thoroughly, the remaining ashes are burning wood and there is no indication as burned bone.

    The well-sized 2.3 meters x 1.8 meters, depth of water in the dry season of about 2 meters while the well depth of about 5 meters from the surface of the earth. In the past, water from these wells were used in religious ceremonies on the Burning temple. A temple should be built on the existing water source, and if there is no water source then should make water storage.

    It is believed that the water brings luck for anyone who use it. Hindu people use it in "Tawur Agung" ceremony, one day before the "Nyepi day" , to support the achievement of self purify and to return the earth into her initial harmony. Holy water taken from the well by suing a jug-shaped containers, then prayers and mantras given by the priests. Next, it is taken to the Prambanan Temple where the "Tawau Agung" ceremony held.

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    Ratu Boko: Grand Stone Gates

    by cal6060 Written Jul 7, 2012

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    The Grand Stone Gates are the first standing structures that you can see at Ratu Boko. This was the main gate into the Palace during ancient Java kingdom. It consists of two gateways in "paduraksa" architectural design with "atap" roof.

    Both gate are made of andesite and the floor, stair and wall are made of soft white limestone.

    The first gate has the length 12.15 meters, width 6.90 meters, and height 5.05 meters. It has three doors.

    The second gate has the length 18.6 meters, width 9.00 meters, height 4.50 meters. It has five door. The second gate is elevated to a higher level with walls surrounded the compound.

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    BOROBUDUR

    by davidjo Written Apr 5, 2012
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    No trip to Yogyakarta is complete without a trip to Borobudur, a UNESCO heritage site and the most popular tourist destination in Indonesia. It was constructed 1200 years ago and there is a mixture of Hindu and Buddhism at the site. It was probably abandoned by the 15th century, possibly due to the spread of Islam and for centuries it remained hidden in the jungle until 1814 when it was rediscovered by Lt Raffles who ordered his men to clear a path in the jungle to find it. It was renovated in the 20th century and now a magnet for tourists who come to admire the nine levels that contain relief panels and Buddhist statues. It is easy to spend a whole day here. Many buses make the trip for around 20,000 or you can be picked up by minibus for around 100,000.

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    visit borobodur

    by hanspeter_W. Written Mar 11, 2012
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    vist one of the most beautiful tempels on earth
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    Borobudur was constructed during the eighth century as a guide to the Noble Path of the Buddha. Born from silence and unfolding into the serenity of the other shore, it expresses the glory of Indonesia’s awareness and creativity, the smile of her plastic forms over the centuries as well as her travels along the edge of thoughts that cross the endless corridors of memory.

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    Visiting in Yogya the Honourable Kyahi Guntur Laut

    by ullfri49 Updated Feb 11, 2012

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    Kyahi Guntur Laut in Sultan Palace Yogya
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    In the Sultans Palace is much to discover- much tours, much guides will glad to show you an tell about the buildings and background, an you will feel a little of the Javanese culture.

    In remembering I will not forget to name the "Kyahi Guntur Laut"- one of the great Gamelan I had seen there.

    Gamelan music - it is - as said - a music developed since the time of the ancestors:
    A great important Gamelan gets a name, and this here, with the old hinduistic background of culture of Central Java has a direct connection with the spiritual meaning of the Gamelan playing.

    Here at the photo the "Kyahi Guntur Laut" - the "Right Honourable Thunder over the Sea"-
    so he must have be a might sound.. Of course a photo can not give more than an very small imagination - So see at photo the old Javanese writing there and the around.

    But be careful while see-
    like in other parts of the inner courtyard of the palace it is mostly not allowed to go too near - and if you should forgot once it like me-
    suddenly, invisible unseen in the deep blue shadows,
    a servant will inform you very strict about
    by clapping his hands very loud...!

    By the way, here as recomendation, there is an interestic france CD compilation (Radio France, Label Ocora) with historic music of the "Palais Royal de Yogyakarta"- see the next photo the frontside of CD Nr. 4 (Ocora C 560087) .

    Very interesting to hear the "Gending wasita asih" and others. This Music is with an other Gamelan, the "Gamelan Kanjeng Kyahi Madu Kentir - le Venerable Folie de Miel".
    A remark: This compilation was recorded with the original orchester of the Sultan see the photo. It is said, in ancient time was to be a member of this Gamelan orchester a liftime job.

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    Moody Merapi

    by Assenczo Updated Sep 30, 2011

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    Mount Merapi is one of the many naughty children of Java with the added intrigue of close proximity to a center of civilization of the magnitude of Yogyakarta and an impressive track record of eruption and other mischief. Last eruption happened October 2010, and almost a year later the reeling towns and vegetation in the path of destruction are still in a “sorry” state. Attempts are being made to bring life to normal by planting new trees in the fertile volcanic ash, building bamboo shacks and charge extra for some tourist activities such as bike rides to the closest possible view point (that makes sense if you are lucky with the weather). Curiously, the sheer annihilation of the living matter along the path of the lava is difficult to comprehend considering that what is seen on these” trails” is just the ash, probably the lava itself is hidden underneath. One can only imagine what a sight the crater of this monster must be and surely the brave who dare reach its rim are rewarded for this suicidal valour with views of a lifetime.

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    Dutch Yogya

    by Assenczo Written Sep 29, 2011

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    Thank God, Yogya has some remnants of Dutch presence that have been kept up unlike Jakarta where the Dutch heritage is sentenced to oblivion. The major compound of the governor is still intact and being renovated as this text is being written. Inside and beside though there are editions that speak unequivocally who the boss is now. That’s fine if there weren’t the comical resemblance of the Java heroes to their oppressors in the form of military uniforms and what is more important in the desire to incorporate ALL the possessions of the imperialists into an empire of their own called Indonesia. They say there is nothing new in the world just well-forgotten past. Anyway, most of the buildings are breeding new life in different capacities such as post office, local administrative buildings and even a museum in the case of the Dutch administrative compound. There are other places of Dutch architecture speckles in downtown area that curiously juxtapose the pagoda-like structures for the sheer joy of the traveller.

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    The pleasures of the Sultan

    by Assenczo Written Sep 28, 2011

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    Taman Sari is a cute little landmark of life in old Java when the sultans were in their prime. The well-maintained and manned site includes the former pools of head and pinnacle of society. It includes a couple of sections located opposite each other divided by a watch tower. On one side is the pool for the wives and the children, actually there are two pools with a path separating them, and on the other side of the tower is the “sultan’s” pool. It is rather obvious what the favourite past time of a sultan with many wives was. Looking through the barred windows of the tower he was plunged into the uneasy dilemma of which one of the many beauties to pick for the next round of monarchy proliferation. Presumably the ones who were not in the right condition to conceive were even not in the pool to start with. So aiming was not that difficult. Once identified the blessed female would be summoned over to the opposite pool for some intimacy and one can only guess what was coming next indirectly by the number of children each of the sultans fathered. The champion had seventy eight! These bits if insider information are provided by official/non-official/non-invited guides who would not leave you for a second till all the program has been followed including stalls for batik and puppet sales. So, greasing his hands at the end with a tip is highly expected despite the fact that he is presumably already on a salary from the museum and receives a cut from the vendors. C’est la vie!

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    VISIT THE MAGNIFICENT BOROBODUR TEMPLE

    by DennyP Written Sep 9, 2011

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    A SECTION OF THE UPPER LEVELS
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    BOROBODUR
    When in Yogyakarta a visit to the huge Buddhist Temple of Borobodur is a must see. This rates along with Angkor Wat as being one of the greatest Buddhist Temples in South East Asia. "Borobodur" is one of the Worlds Ten Great Temples".with six levels to see ,a lot of climbing.
    I travelled out to Borobodur in a (shared rental taxi with six other travellers).this was booked easily at local agent...upon arrival , as usual the driver waited at a designated place and pick up time.the cost for the day hire was very cheap.
    Take along plenty of water as this can be very hot as there is no shade..There is a reasonable entry fee mainly for "sarong hire (as this is a temple) make sure that you dress appropriately when visiting these Temples..

    This is a "UNESCO"World Heritage site

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    VISIT THE ANCIENT TEMPLE AT PRAMBANAN

    by DennyP Updated Sep 9, 2011

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    A WONDERFUL DAY AT PRAMBANAN TEMPLE
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    I beleive this huge Temple complex of over 50 Temple sights to see..Prambanan located just 17 kilometers east of the city of Yogyakarta is the biggest and finest Hindu Temple complex in Java , definately a must to see and visit while in Yogyakarta..Some visitors choose to take accomodation close to the Temple Complex enabling them to watch both sunrise and sunsets over the Temples.This area suffered huge damage in the 2006 earthquake and has left a huge rebuilding programme to be addressed by Unesco and partners.Make sure that you have comfortable shoes when visiting here as you will do a really lot of walking..also carry water with you....There is an entry fee..
    NOTE :Also it is possible to do a dawn trip to Prambanan and an evening sunset trip to Borobodur easily in the one day....
    This Temple of Prambanan is a "UNESCO" World Heritage site

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    Mt Merapi

    by blue_sky04 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Sunrise from behind Mt. Merapi

    This active volcano may be one of the most notorious volcanoes in the world.

    If you like, you can visit Kaliurang, a popular mountain resort in the north of Yogya.
    On a clear day, you will be able to see the lava coming down from its top.
    Or you can visit Plawangan, the observatory resort for a closer look of this mountain.

    You can see this mountain at distant from the Borobudur Temple.

    Check the website below for fantastic photos of Mt Merapi

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    Prambanan - an ancient Hindu temple

    by bellatrix Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Prambanan is one of Java's most important tourist attractions, and rightfully so. It's a stunning example of ancient Hindu architecture and is a truly marvellous sight. It was built in the 10th century AD, and is the largest temple compound dedicated to Shiva in Indonesia. Rising above the center 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. It is a mesmerizing experience to walk around the temples and observe the reliefs, and it is well worth it to hire a guide to tell you about the stories of the Ramayana being depicted.

    Tours to the temple are easy to arrange through any tour guide on Malioboro Street; if you like, you can also arrange to see Borobudur on the same day.

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    Performance of Ramayana Ballet at Prambanan

    by bellatrix Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A dancer in full costume for the Ramayana ballet

    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 was the music - it's lilting, moving, inspiring, and completely spellbinding.

    Tickets to the event are easily bought in Yogyakarta through any tourist or travel guide company. They will also arrange transport to the temples for the evening of the show.

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    Prambanan Temple

    by black_mimi99 Updated Jan 14, 2011

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    If wanna go to Prambanan temple just rent motorbike 50 rupiahs for whole day (8am-8pm). 30 mins from Malioboro to Prambanan.
    In prambanan, you can see Brahma temple, siwa temple, ganesha temple, Durga temple, Wisnu temple, Nandi temple, Angsa temple, Garuda temple, Apit temple, Kelir temple, sudut temple. there are 224 temple in Prambanan. All this temples in one complex/area.

    Prambanan temple is recognized by UNESCO in 1991.

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