Prambanan Temple Complex
Often overshadowed by Borobudur
What we say:
Home to some 224 individual Hindu temples, Prambanan is the largest complex of its kind in Java. Three main towering constructions dominate the park, which lies 15 kilometres from Yogaykarta, and these are the Brahma, Visnu and Ciwa temples.
Prambanan is the legacy of the original Mataram empire, which established itself as a powerhouse in Central Java around 732AD, before being overthrown once and then bouncing back. It's believed that the Prambanan complex was built around 850AD.
After suffering some severe damage in the May 2006 Yogyakarta earthquake, parts of the temple complex are closed to tourists and have not yet been restored.
Prambanan is somewhat more low key than Borobudur, but still attracts its fair share of hawkers, domestic tourists and students wanting to practice their English.
However, just like Borobudur, it's best enjoyed early, when the temples pierce the mist to the sound of morning quiet.
At night, it's possible to see the Hindu Ramayana epic performed at the temple. Bookings can be made from travel agencies in Yogya, including transportation to and from your hotel.
Admission costs US$11 for foreigners, $6 for foreign students with ID. Prices are significantly cheaper for locals. Guide not included.
More details15km from Togyakarta
Opening Hours: Daily 6am - 6pm
How to get there: Conveniently, Prambanan is a stop on the TransYogya busway. If you catch the 1A bus from Jalan Malioboro, it takes about 45 minutes to reach the temple. The fare is Rp 3,000. Alternatively, many tour offices in the Sosrowijayan and Prawirotaman accommodation areas offer Prambanan trips, either separately or bundled with Borobudur or other attractions, for around Rp 50,000 to 100,000 per person.
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