Date: 5th February 2011
The plan was to visit Java’s (hence Indonesia’s) oldest Hindu Temple, the Prambanan Temple.
Tickets for tourists (Aina managed to get student’s rate):
The huge signage that greeted us:
Soon after we entered the temple compound, I showed Z that it is on the World Heritage list 🙂 :
Before we moved further on, we studied the map first:
The entrance to the temple was quite impressive, lined with sweet smelling flower hedges that I couldn’t refuse this shot:
The white small flowers right behind me are the local jasmines, which we Malaysians call melur, while the Indons call Melati!
Even Z and Aina couldn’t resist a photo shot, while I walked on with our guide:
The temple ground was indeed very impressive:
The 3 main temples are those dedicated to Brahma (the Creator), Shiva (the Destroyer) and Vishnu (The Keeper). Surprisingly Shiva was given the centre position and the tallest/biggest temple, hence supersedes Brahma!
The 2006 earth quake damaged the temples quite badly that visitors could only see the temples from a platform constructed in front of the temples. That day I climbed up the platform to get this shot taken:
While Brahma’s and Vishnu’s temples were opened for viewing, Shiva’s temple was still closed for maintenance 🙁 .
There are also a lot of rocks from the ruins waiting to be put together (like a huge jigsaw puzzle):
As I looked east, I could see that Mount Merapi was partially hidden that day:
I couldn’t resist doing my trademark jump:
A final view (from the east) as we left the temple complex:
Very majestic, don’t you agree?
After spending over 1 hour in the temple ground, our guide lead us to the museum (while waiting for the local train to take us a ride to see the other 3 (less known) temples.
Here’s a pic of the temple when the Dutch first found the temple ruins:
We took this train to see the other 3 temples:
The 3 other temples are Bubrah, Lumpung and Sewu. Interestingly these 3 temples are Buddhist temples while Prambanan is a Hindu’s.
The train stopped for 5 minutes in front of Sewu Temple, but by then I was too lazy (read: tired) to get off for any photo shoot.
We ended our temple visit for the day after spending over 2 hours there!
Next destination: Kaliadem (the recently devastated area, due too Merapi eruption in October 2010)