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Travel Tips

Consider attending the Ramayana ballet performance in the evening for a cultural treat. 1

Explore the temple complex in the morning to beat the heat. 2

Visit during the late afternoon for fewer crowds and a stunning sunset. 3

Introduction

History

  • πŸ›οΈ Construction: Began around 850 CE by Rakai Pikatan and expanded by King Lokapala and Balitung Maha Sambu.
  • πŸ“œ Inscriptions: Linked to the Shivagrha inscription of 856 CE, which described a Shiva temple compound.
  • 🏰 Abandonment: The temple was abandoned in the 10th century, possibly due to the eruption of Mount Merapi or a power struggle.
  • πŸŒ‹ Earthquake: Collapsed during a major earthquake in the 16th century.
  • πŸ“– Rediscovery: First reported in 1733 by Cornelis Antonie Lons, and later attracted international attention in the 19th century.

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Architecture

  • πŸ›• Main Temples: Three main temples dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma.
  • πŸ¦… Vahana Temples: Three temples dedicated to the vahana (vehicles) of the gods: Nandi (bull), Garuda (kite), and Hamsa (swan).
  • πŸ›οΈ Apit Temples: Two temples located between the rows of Trimurti and Vahana temples.
  • πŸ•Œ Kelir and Patok Temples: Four small shrines located on cardinal directions and corners of the inner zone.
  • 🏯 Pervara Temples: Originally 224 smaller temples arranged in concentric rows around the main temples.

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Visiting Information

  • πŸ•’ Opening Hours: Typically open from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
  • 🎟️ Ticket Prices: Entrance fees vary for domestic and international tourists.
  • πŸš— Transportation: Accessible by car, taxi, or public transportation from Yogyakarta.
  • πŸ“Έ Photography: Allowed, but drones may require special permission.
  • πŸ›οΈ Facilities: On-site amenities include restrooms, souvenir shops, and food stalls.

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Cultural Significance

  • πŸ•‰οΈ Religious Center: Important site for Hindu rituals and ceremonies in Java.
  • 🎭 Ramayana Ballet: Traditional Javanese dance performed every full moon night at the Trimurti open-air stage.
  • πŸ“œ Folktales: Inspired the Rara Jonggrang legend, a popular Javanese folktale.
  • 🌍 UNESCO Site: Recognized for its cultural and historical significance.
  • πŸ›• Sacred Ceremonies: Hosts annual Hindu ceremonies such as Galungan, Tawur Kesanga, and Nyepi.

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Restoration Efforts

  • πŸ”¨ Early Efforts: Began in 1918 by the Dutch colonial government.
  • πŸ›οΈ Anastylosis: Method used to restore temples using original stone blocks.
  • 🌍 UNESCO Involvement: Designated as a World Heritage Site in 1991.
  • πŸ› οΈ Ongoing Work: Restoration continues, focusing on the pervara temples.
  • πŸ“… Timeline: Major restorations completed in the 1930s, 1950s, and 1990s.

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Nearby Attractions

  • 🏯 Ratu Boko: An archaeological site located nearby, known for its palace complex.
  • πŸ›• Sewu Temple: A Buddhist temple complex close to Prambanan.
  • πŸ•Œ Kalasan Temple: An 8th-century Buddhist temple located in the vicinity.
  • 🏞️ Plaosan Temple: Another nearby Buddhist temple complex.
  • πŸŒ‹ Mount Merapi: An active volcano offering hiking opportunities and scenic views.

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Travel Information
πŸ“žΒ Β Β Phone: +62 274 496401
🌐   Website: https://borobudurpark.com/temple/prambanan/
πŸ•’Β Β Β Hours: See hours
πŸ“Β Β Β Address: Jl. Raya Solo - Yogyakarta No.16, Kranggan, Bokoharjo, Kec. Prambanan, Kabupaten Sleman, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55571, Indonesia
πŸ”—Β Β Β Profiles: Instagram YouTube

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