Prambanan temple is the highest and most beautiful Hindu temple complex in Indonesia. This temple is full of love story. Starting from the legend of Bandung Bondowoso struggle to get Roro Jonggrang, to the love story of Rama and Shinta are sculpted in the temple wall.
Unrequited love. The sentence is said to be the origin of Prambanan Temple 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. But Roro Jonggrang reluctant to accept proposal from Bondowoso. Jonggrang also gave a challenge to Bondowoso to make 1000 statues in one night as a way of rejecting Bondowoso because he believes the youth will not be able to meet these requirements.
However, beyond reason Jonggrang Bondowoso almost completed the challenge given Jonggrang. Aware of this, Jonggrang asked the villagers to pound rice and make the lighting so that the atmosphere looked like morning so that Bondowoso failed to fulfill his request. The rooster crowed when Bondowoso did the 999th statue. When he knew Jonggrang's cheating, he cursed it to become the 1000th statue.
In addition to the famous legend of Roro Jonggrang, Prambanan Temple is recognized as one of UNESCO world heritage has other charm for tourists. This temple consists of three temples Trimurti Hinduism, namely Siwa temple with a companion temple named Nandini, Brahma temple with swan companion temple, and Vishnu Temple with Garuda as a companion temple. Not only that, there are still some other temples like 2 temples and 4 angle temples. The second page of this complex consists of 224 temples.
When you enter the Shiva Temple which is the tallest building, there are 4 rooms containing the statue of Shiva, while the other 3 rooms contain Durga (Siwa's wife), Agastya (Shiva teacher), and Ganesha (son of Shiva). Durga statue that is often regarded as a statue of Roro Jonggrang. Stepping to Wisnu Temple, you will only see one statue of Vishnu, as well as Brahma Temple which has only one room containing Brahma statue.
The scenery in the Prambanan Temple area is breathtaking. You can see how beautiful and glorious relief relics of antiquity. One of the famous reliefs is of course the love story of Rama and Dewi Shinta. The existence of this relief that underlies the play of Ramayana Ballet in this place. In addition there is also a relief tree or Kalpataru which according to Hindus as the tree of life. Kalpataru is depicted center flanking the lion.
Panorama Prambanan Temple can also be enjoyed in the afternoon. Entering the dusk, the towering temple view complete with reddish sky you can see. At the time staged sendratari, temple building will be highlighted beautiful colorful lights. In addition to the temple complex, you can also learn the history through the Museum of Archeology and Audio Visual which is still in the complex of Prambanan Temple. The rabbit train is also ready to take you around Prambanan.
Location and Access of Prambanan Temple
Prambanan Temple is located in Prambanan Village which covers two areas: Sleman Regency, Yogyakarta Special Region and Klaten Regency, Central Java. Its location which is right on the edge of Jogja -Solo highway makes the most beautiful Hindu temple is easily accessible from anywhere. From the direction of Jogja city you can take the bus transjogja lanes 1A and 2A then get off at the Prambanan stop and continue by walking or riding a pedicab. Meanwhile, if coming from the east (Solo or Klaten) you can ride the bus direction of Yogyakarta and down at the Terminal Prambanan.
Opening hours of Prambanan Temple
Prambanan temple is open daily from 06.00 WIB - 17.00 WIB
Entrance Ticket Prambanan Temple
Domestic Traveler Adult: Rp 30.000
Child Domestic Tourist: Rp 12,500
Foreign nationals: USD $ 18
For ticket reservations and other information please call (0274) 4596401
Places of Interest Around Prambanan Temple
- Sewu Temple
Although located adjacent and has almost the same building style, Sewu Temple has different religious background. If Prambanan Temple is a Hindu Temple then Sewu Temple is a Buddhist Temple. This suggests that in ancient times religious tolerance among religious communities was well-maintained. Originally in this complex there are 249 temple buildings arranged to form mandalawajradhatu, but unfortunately most of the temple has collapsed so that standing upright only a few. Even so Sewu temple remains 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 Rakai Pikatan's love to her empress, Pramodyawardani. Plaosan Temple complex is divided into two groups, namely Plaosan Lor and Plaosan Kidul. Visiting a temple surrounded by a large lawn will give you a new lesson on the meaning of eternal tolerance and love. In one corner there is a large tree whose roots twisted the rocks of the temple, at a glance similar to the atmosphere in Angkor Watt.
- Sojiwan Temple
Sojiwan Temple is located in Kebondalem Kidul Village, not far from Prambanan Temple location. The architecture of this temple is quite unique because it combines the architecture of Hindu temple and Buddhist temple. In the walls of Sojiwan temple there are various reliefs of animal or fable stories that are very interesting. The temple is surrounded by gardens and fields covered with fresh green grass, making it suitable for picnic location. Since it has just been refurbished and opened as a tourist spot in 2011, this temple is not so well known to the public. But precisely where the fun, you can find a peaceful and calm atmosphere while visiting this temple.
- Ratu Boko Palace
Standing majestically on the hillside of Batur Agung, Istana Ratu Boko becomes one of the best places to watch the twilight in Yogyakarta. This palace building now leaves only magnificent gates on hills and swimming baths. Even so the complex Ratu Boko Palace remains a favorite destination for pedestrians and become one of the must-go destination when cruise to Jogja.