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Yogyakarta Guide – 5 Beautiful Temples to Visit During Your Trip

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Yogyakarta has so much to offer, and some of the best attractions we can find in this area are temples. Yogyakarta and Central Java are ideal destinations to see the island’s rich heritage that dates back to several centuries. In this part, we are going to share with you 5 beautiful and magnificent temples in Yogyakarta. Here we go :

1. Candi Borobudur

One of the most popular destinations in Java will be the Borobudur temple. This temple is located in Central Java but can be easily reached from Yogyakarta. Borobudur temple is the biggest Buddhist temple, which previously listed as one of the world’s seven wonders. The temple is located majestically on a hilltop overlooking mountains, lush green fields, and distant hills.

Borobudur was built in the 9th century during the reign of the Syailendra dynasty. It was buried under volcanic ash until rediscovered back in 1815.

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Borobudur temple is quite easy to reach, it’s located in Magelang, 90 minutes drive from Yogyakarta. You can rent a scooter or  a car to get to this place.

Location

Jl. Badrawati, Kw. Candi Borobudur, Borobudur, Kec. Borobudur, Magelang, Jawa Tengah.

2. Candi Prambanan

5 Beautiful Temples to Visit During Your Trip to Yogyakarta

Another popular temple in Yogyakarta is Prambanan temple, this one is located in the east part of Yogyakarta, around 17 kilometers from the town. Prambanan is a Hindu temple built in the ninth century. It has around 240 major and minor temples with only 18 of those are successfully restored. The rest remain scattered as piles of stones.

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 If you want to use public transportation, then you can try Trans Jogja. It has a route from Yogyakarta to the Prambanan. For a more flexible option, you can rent a scooter or a car.

Location

Jl. Raya Solo – Yogyakarta No.16, Kranggan, Bokoharjo, Kec. Prambanan, Kabupaten Sleman, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55571

3. Candi Sewu

Candi Sewu

This one is actually located in the same area as the Prambanan temple, we can find this beautiful temple in the northern part of Prambanan’s area. Sewu is the second largest Temple in the area. Sewu is a Buddhist temple built near Prambanan Temple, which is a Hindu temple, indicated that they lived in harmony.

After viewing the Prambanan temple, you can walk to this area. Sewu Temple is a less popular spot than the Prambanan.

Location

Jl. Raya Solo – Yogyakarta No.16, Kranggan, Bokoharjo, Kec. Prambanan, Kabupaten Sleman, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55571

4. Ratu Boko

This attraction can be the next place to go after the Prambanan temple. Known as Ratu Boko palace, this is located on the hillside plateau 196 meters above sea level, around 3 kilometers to the south from Prambanan Temple. Here, tourists can enjoy the views of Yogyakarta City and Prambanan Temple with a beautiful background of Mount Merapi.

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It’s around 3 kilometers south of Prambanan, which can be reached by a scooter or a car. You can also use Gojek or Grab bikes, popular ride-hailing apps in Indonesia to help you get there easily.

Location

Jl. Raya Piyungan – Prambanan No.KM.2, Gatak, Bokoharjo, Kec. Prambanan, Kabupaten Sleman, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta

5. Candi Plaosan

Another attraction we can visit after the Prambanan temple is Plaosan. Plaosan is located in the Bugisan village, around one kilometer northwest of Prambanan. The Plaosan temple complex occupies a whopping 2,000 square meters and has two main sections, including Plaosan Lor dan Kidul.

Lor is a Javanese word that means north) and kidul is a Javanese word for the south. Plaosan is a Buddhist temple with an amazing mix of Buddhist and Hindu culture that is clear from the architectural structure and shape of the temple. The top of the shrine shows the characteristic of the Hindu worship place, while the base of the temple shows the characteristic of the Buddhist structure.

Accommodations

It’s around one kilometer northwest of Prambanan, a scooter or a car will be ideal transportation to get to this. You can also use Gojek or Grab bikes, popular ride-hailing apps in Indonesia to help you get there easily.

Location

Jl. Candi Plaosan, Plaosan Lor, Bugisan, Kec. Prambanan, Kabupaten Klaten, Jawa Tengah 57454

That’s all. We will cover other hidden gems in Java. Stay tuned for more updates!