Constructed in the eighth or ninth centuries, these seven temples are scattered across the mountainside in positions of prominence giving them views over the stunning landscape below and of the imposing Gunung Merbabu, which stands in the distance at 3,145 metres tall.
Restoration works were commenced in the Dutch colonial period, but many still retain a look of authenticity despite much of what you seeing not being original.
The views across the valleys below alone are reason enough to come here, but the addition of the temples and some hot springs makes this a worthwhile excursion, even if you're basing yourself in Semarang.
The only downside is the discriminatory pricing regime in place which charges foreigners eight times as much as locals. This charge is applied irrespective of whether the foreigner is an Indonesian resident or not.
How to get there
To get to Gedong Songo Bandungan, catch a Sumowono bound angkot for three kilometres and disembark at the well-signed turn off. A conveniently located ojek post on the corner gives you access to the transport you need â€“ 20,000 rupiah for the return journey to Gedong Songo from the post.
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