This temple complex is the main attraction in Dieng due to its close proximity to Dieng's hotels, guesthouses and homestays and what can be considered to be the centre of town.
Built in the eighth and ninth centuries, these Shiva temples are reputedly the oldest remaining Hindu temples in all of Java. Discovered in 1814, these five temples stand 10 to 15 metres tall, are well preserved with much of their grey and sandy-coloured brickwork intact and still retain some of their original reliefs featuring characters of Hindu cultural significance. The temples look similar in design to the Gedong Songo temples near Bandungan, to the south of Semarang and remain prized archaeological finds with an abundance of information being gleaned from their well-preserved brickwork.
For temple buffs, this cluster of temples will provide ample excitement and joy, but for the rest of us, it's the location of these temples in the middle of the surrounding countryside that really makes this a scene of stunning beauty. The temples sit in a neat square surrounded by a pathway overlooked by the nearby towering hills. These misty hills with their incredible farms make these temples really stand out, a contrast of grey stone on verdant green vegetation with the odd passing cloud. It really is something.
This is a good second stop after Tuk Bimo Lukar on the innter circuit or an easy first stop if you're not interested in the spring baths. The entrance to Komplek Candi Arjuna is accessed by following the main Dieng road for 200 metres to the right when standing at the main Dieng intersection. From here there is direct access to Telaga Balaikambang and Candi Gatokaca, but Telaga Balaikambang is simply an unimpressive swamp at the end of a path that is usually waterlogged, much like the swamp it's intended to lead to. Therefore the next logical stop on the circuit is Candi Gatokaca.
Last updated on 12th September, 2012.