Saturday, 11 February 2017

Prambanan Temple, Jogjakarta

If Borobudur is THE Buddhist temple to visit, Prambanan is THE Hindu temples to visit in Jogjakarta. It might not be the best thing to do both in the same day but we did that, resulting a rather long drive from one side of the city to the other. During our visit, there were still upgrading works in progress but the ruins of the temple was fascinating nonetheless.

According to legend, one of the statues is actually a cursed princess when her plans to thwart an unwanted marriage went awry. The crowd in this UNESCO Heritage Site was overwhelming and when it rained (yes, it just so happened to rain when we were in the ruins with no shelter), there was just no place to hide unless you count the trees scattered here and there within the compound.

It went from this...

To this within seconds!

Before we knew it, it's raining cats and dogs. We were all drenched throughout because I left my umbrella in the car. Yes, I know right? I was carrying it around for days up to Borobudur and just got fed up since it's just cramming up my bag and not used at all.

Prambanan is the largest Hindu temple site in Indonesia, and among the largest in Asia. It might not look it but it's actually taller than Borobudur. Built in the 9th or 10th century, it is dedicated to the Trimurti, the three facets of the Creator in the Hindu belief.

It's a big compound to explore but worth it if you have the time and stamina. Great for a half day trip!

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