Photo: Enigmatic Candi Sukuh.

Candi Cetho, Candi Kethek and Candi Sukuh

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Located some 40 kilometres from Solo and set high among breathtaking tea plantations and lush green farmlands on the dramatic western slopes of Gunung Lawu, sit the Majapathit period Candi Cetho, Candi Kethek and Candi Sukuh—together best visited on a tour from Solo.

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According to signage on site, Candi Cetho was established in 1475 and is made up of 13 terraces slowly rising to the final shrine at the summit (of the temple—not the mountain!). The candi sits literally at the end of the road, where, after buying your admission ticket, you walk a short distance forward and then start climbing the stairs.

Enjoy the fresh mountain air. Photo taken in or around Candi Cetho, Candi Kethek and Candi Sukuh, Solo, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Enjoy the fresh mountain air. Photo: Sally Arnold

If you’ve already been to Bali, the towering yet slender gates you pass through will be familiar—Candi Cetho was amongst the last of the Majapahit temples constructed and within 50 years of the sites consecration, the Kingdom was no more—but the style was carried across and remains common in, Bali. In some cases the gates are flanked by guardians, sadly often the heads removed—we assume ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 1,100 words.)


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