Prambanan Temple Sleman, Yogyakarta

by - June 04, 2019

About the legendary love

legend of Roro Jonggrang, Prambanan Temple, recognized by UNESCO as one of the world heritage

Prambanan Temple is the grandest work and a masterpiece of Hindu temple made in the 10th century, the tallest building in the Prambanan temple complex is 47 meters tall. From its history, Prambanan Temple is a building with extraordinary architecture. The main building in the Prambanan Temple complex rises as high as 47 meters, even 5 meters higher than the Borobudur Temple. Until now the establishment of this temple has fulfilled the wishes of the creator, which shows that there was a glory of Hindu culture in Javanese land.

This temple is full of love stories. Starting from the legend of Bandung Bondowoso struggle to get Roro Jonggrang, to the love story of Rama and Shinta carved on the temple wall. Unrequited love. The sentence is said to be the origin of Prambanan Temple which was built in the 10th century, during the reign of two kings, Rakai Pikatan and Rakai Belitung. A young man named Bandung Bondowoso fell in love with a beautiful princess named Roro Jonggrang.


legend of Roro Jonggrang, Prambanan Temple, recognized by UNESCO as one of the world heritage

But Roro Jonggrang was reluctant to accept the proposal from Bondowoso. Jonggrang also challenged Bondowoso to make 1000 statues in one night as a way of refusing Bondowoso because he was sure the young man would not be able to fulfill these requirements.

However, beyond reason, Jonggrang Bondowoso almost completed the challenge given by Jonggrang. Aware of this, Jonggrang asked the villagers to pound rice and make lighting so that the atmosphere seemed like morning so Bondowoso failed to fulfill his request. Chickens crowed when Bondowoso just worked on the 999th statue. When he found out about Jonggrang's cheating, he condemned him for becoming the 1000th statue.

The temple part is in the Prambanan Temple area

legend of Roro Jonggrang, Prambanan Temple, recognized by UNESCO as one of the world heritage

Besides being famous for the legend of Roro Jonggrang, Prambanan Temple, recognized by UNESCO as one of the world heritage, has another attraction for tourists.

This temple consists of three Trimurti temples of Hinduism, namely Siwa Temple with a companion temple named Nandini, Brahma Temple with an accompanying Angsa temple, and Wisnu Temple with Garuda as a companion temple. Not only that, there are still several other temples such as 2 apit temples and 4 corner temples. The second page of the complex consists of 224 temples.

When you enter the Shiva Temple which is the tallest building, there are 4 rooms containing Shiva statues, while the other 3 rooms contain Durga (Shiva's wife), Agastya (Shiva's teacher), and Ganesha (Shiva's son). The Durga statue is often considered as the Roro Jonggrang statue. Stepping into the Vishnu Temple, you will only find one room of the Vishnu statue, as well as the Brahma Temple which only has one room containing the Brahma statue.

legend of Roro Jonggrang, Prambanan Temple, recognized by UNESCO as one of the world heritage

The scenery in the Prambanan Temple area is very charming. You can see how beautiful and regal the ancient reliefs are. One of the famous reliefs is of course the love story of Rama and Dewi Shinta. The existence of these reliefs is the basis for the performance of the Ramayana Ballet in this place.

Besides that there are also tree reliefs or Kalpataru which according to Hindus as a tree of life. Kalpataru is described as being flanked by a lion.

You can also enjoy the panorama of Prambanan Temple in the afternoon. Entering the dusk, you can see the view of towering temples complete with reddish skies. At the time of the ballet dance, the temple building will be highlighted by beautiful colorful lights.

Besides the temple complex, you can also learn history through the Archaeological and Audio Visual Museum which is still in the Prambanan Temple complex. The rabbit train is also ready to take you around Prambanan.

Activities that can be done at Prambanan Temple

Learning History and Culture

legend of Roro Jonggrang, Prambanan Temple, recognized by UNESCO as one of the world heritage

Prambanan Temple is one of the world sites that is used as a reference to study the history of Hindu culture in Indonesia. These various reliefs that became religious symbols provide important historical lessons about life in the Sanjaya Dynasty. For those of you who like history, taking a look at the Prambanan temple complex will provide knowledge of how the relationship between the folk tale about Roro Jonggrang and Bandung Bondowoso is associated with the formation of statues in the Prambanan temple complex. You can also trace relief by relief and find the Ramayana story with grooves in accordance with Indian oral traditions.

Visit the Prambanan Temple Museum

legend of Roro Jonggrang, Prambanan Temple, recognized by UNESCO as one of the world heritage

One location with the temple area is the Prambanan Temple Museum. This joglo-shaped museum has a collection of various historical objects such as artifacts, statues, earthenware, images of Shiva temple structures, fossil animals, to the legend of Roro Jonggrang. To enter this museum you are not charged additional fees or free. To make your visit to Prambanan more complete, don't hesitate to visit the museum on this return route.

Prambanan Ramayana Ballet


legend of Roro Jonggrang, Prambanan Temple, recognized by UNESCO as one of the world heritage

Every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, a Ramayana Ballet performance at the Prambanan Temple complex will be held. This show combines dance, drama and Javanese music. Even though there is no dialogue between the players, you can still follow the Ramayana storyline. This beautiful colossal performance starts at 19.30 - 21.30 WIB. During the dry season the show will be held in an open theater, but in the rainy season the performance is held in Trimurti Building. Tickets to watch the Ramayana Ballet are different from the entrance ticket to Prambanan Temple. Make sure the show that has been going on for decades is on your visit to Yogyakarta.

Photo Session


legend of Roro Jonggrang, Prambanan Temple, recognized by UNESCO as one of the world heritage

The beautiful temple complex with beautiful gardens and towering buildings is a favorite place for photo hunting. You who like to surf on social media can directly upload your selfies on the path to the elegant temple complex. For those who like photography, you can choose other spots that are more beautiful than just taking pictures. You can choose dusk or dawn in this session. The charming blue color will look beautiful combined with the temple that rises to the sky, as well as the orange color matched by the luxurious temple complex. You can choose both to take the best picture.

Hunting souvenirs


legend of Roro Jonggrang, Prambanan Temple, recognized by UNESCO as one of the world heritage

Satisfied to enjoy the beauty of Prambanan Temple, it's time for you to hunt for typical Prambanan souvenirs along the way out of the Prambanan temple complex. A number of merchants are ready to sell souvenirs such as bracelets, necklaces, bags, clothes, key chains, wall hangings, even snacks and cakes are also available. You can bid to get the right price.

Cycling


legend of Roro Jonggrang, Prambanan Temple, recognized by UNESCO as one of the world heritage

Enjoying Prambanan Temple not only by walking along it, for those of you who like cycling can take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy the freshness of the eyes and the atmosphere of Prambanan in the morning or evening. You can cycle inside the Prambanan Temple complex or surround the area around the Prambanan Temple complex and drive to the nearest temples of Prambanan Temple.

The Temple Around Prambanan Temple
Standing majestically at the waist of the hills of Batur Agung, Ratu Boko Palace is one of the best places to watch the twilight in Yogyakarta. This palace building now leaves only magnificent gates on hills and bathing pools. Even so, the complex of Ratu Boko Palace remains a favorite destination for travelers and is one of the mandatory destinations to visit when traveling to Jogja.

Sewu Temple
Even though it is located adjacent and has a similar building style, Sewu Temple has a different religious background. If Prambanan Temple is a Hindu Temple, Sewu Temple is a Buddhist Temple. This shows that in the past, inter-religious tolerance was very guarded. Originally in this complex there were 249 temple buildings arranged to form mandalawajradhatu, but unfortunately most of the temples had collapsed so that only a few stood upright. Even so, Sewu Temple is still interesting to visit.

Plaosan Temple
Plaosan Temple is only about 1 km north of Prambanan Temple. This temple is surrounded by rice fields and fields, so the atmosphere is very beautiful and cool. Plaosan Temple was built as a sign of love for Rakai Pikatan to his empress, Pramodyawardani. Plaosan Temple Complex is divided into two groups, namely Plaosan Lor and Plaosan Kidul. Visiting a temple surrounded by a vast grass field will give you new lessons about the meaning of tolerance and eternal love. In one corner there is a large tree whose roots wrap around the temple rocks, cursory to the atmosphere at Angkor Watt.

Sojiwan Temple
Sojiwan Temple is located in the Village of Kebondalem Kidul, not far from the location of Prambanan Temple. The architecture of this temple is quite unique because it combines the architecture of Hindu temples and Buddhist temples. On the walls of the Sojiwan Temple there are a variety of interesting animal stories or fables. The temple is surrounded by gardens and terrain overgrown with fresh green grass, making it suitable for a picnic location. Since it has just been refurbished and opened as a tourist spot in 2011, this temple is not well known to the public. But that's where it's fun, you can find an atmosphere of peace and quiet when visiting this temple.

Ticket : Domestic 50,000 IDR / Person. International 150,000 IDR / Person
How to get there : From the direction of the city of Jogja you can take the Transjogja bus line 1A and 2A then get off at the Prambanan bus stop and continue on foot or by rickshaw. Whereas if you come from the east (Solo or Klaten) you can take a bus in the direction of Yogyakarta and get off at Prambanan Terminal.
Operational Hours : 6:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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