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Dieng’s Temples and Kawah Sikidang

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Central Java’s Dieng Plateau is home to Indonesia’s oldest surviving Hindu temples peppering a highly volatile geothermal plane, the guts of an ancient caldera.

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In a half-day walk from the village of Dieng it is possible to visit most of the temples, a small museum, Kawah Sikidang, a bubbling, hissing volcanic creator and Telaga Warna, a picturesque lake, returning to Dieng via a circular route.

Forget the temples, we found a foreign tourist! Photo taken in or around Dieng’s Temples and Kawah Sikidang, Dieng Plateau, Indonesia by Stuart McDonald.

Forget the temples, we found a foreign tourist! Photo: Stuart McDonald

Dieng Plateau’s temples (Candi) were likely constructed between the eight and ninth centuries, and at a later date mysteriously abandoned and reclaimed by nature. Rediscovered in the early 19th century, it’s believed much of the site was pillaged for building materials but experts surmise there may have been in excess of 400 temples in its heyday. Today ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 1,100 words.)


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