Prambanan Temple Compounds

The other famous UNESCO World Heritage site in Yogyakarta is the Prambanan Temple Compound which has the largest Hindu Temple in Indonesia.

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A 9th-century Hindu temple compound dedicated to the Trimurti, the expression of God as the Creator (Brahma), the Preserver (Vishnu) and the Destroyer (Shiva).

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There is not much shade when walking around the compound and so we all got very hot. Luckily you can walk into most of the temples where it is much cooler under all that stone.

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Earthquakes seem to be the biggest risk for the temples over the years and Prambanan was last hit in 2006. I am inspired as to how great care has been taken to retain the authenticity of the structures during rebuild.

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When entering the temple compounds they give you a sarong to wear, likewise at Borobudur. We noticed this only seemed to be given to international tourists and so it singled us out even more for hawkers flogging their wears.

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Originally there were a total of 240 temples standing in Prambanan. This consisted of 8 main temples, 8 smaller shrine temples and 224 smaller Pervara Temples. Today, all of 8 main temples and 8 small shrines in inner zone are reconstructed, but only 2 out of the original 224 Pervara Temples are renovated.

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Visiting the two temples – Borobudur and Prambanan makes for a long day, especially as the temples are at opposite ends of the city.  Emily was all templed out by the end of the day!!!

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2 Responses to Prambanan Temple Compounds

  1. Love the photos! We haven’t been to many UNESCO sites in Asia (actually we haven’t been to many countries in Asia….) This is all very tempting!

    • batrouney says:

      Hi WiseMonkeys – we were the same on visiting Asia when we were living in Australia as most holidays took us to Europe or USA. Living in Malaysia for past 3 years has given us a great chance to see all those places we used to fly over 🙂 However very much cheaper doing Asia from within Asia as general 2 to 3 hour flights and cheap flights on Air Asia.

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