Prambanan Temple

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:

I was excited that I tried to imitate the Apsara dancer (from Angkor Wat), but hey it looks so funny ya?

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.

Sewu Temple:

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)

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