Photo: Temple in the woods.

Candi Cangkuang

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Candi Cangkuang is a small eighth-ninth century Hindu temple that predates the larger and more well known temples of Central Java, Prambanan and Borobudur, and one of the very few ancient Hindu sites in West Java.

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On the edge of a picturesque lake, gracing a low raised mound that was believed to have once been an island within the lake, and flanked by lush vegetation and a “kampung adat” traditional village, Candi Cangkuang provides visitors with a brief glimpse to a time when the entire island of Java was dominated by Hinduism.

The main attraction. Photo taken in or around Candi Cangkuang, Cipanas, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

The main attraction. Photo: Sally Arnold

The square-based volcanic stone structure stands a mere eight-and-a-half metres tall with a three-stepped roof arrangement embellished with small stupas, almost identical in style to the small Pawon temple near Borobudur and similar the Hindu temples at Dieng Plateau and Candi Gedong Songo near ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)

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