Author Archives: Lian Eisdiarwan

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Candi Plaosan

Category : News: Cultural

plaosan The complex is located to the east of Prambanan, in the Plaosan hamlet, village of Bugisan, Prambanan district, Klaten. Open daily 8 am – 5 pm. The unique unification of 9 th century Hindu and Buddhist architecture in the Plaosan Temple Complex was probably brought about by a Hindu king who built the temple for his Buddhist queen. The complex consists of two main temples standing side by side, each having terraced bases. The reliefs carved on the southern main temple portray a man, and the other one shows a woman. Another peculiar object that is interesting to see is its perwara, “slender stupa”. There are 58 small temples and 116 stupas in the complex. Plaosan Lor, has two square courtyards, each containing a temple in a form similar to Candi Sari. Secondary temples and stupas. The second sub-complex, Plaosan Kidul, has one temple, 69 stupas and 18 secondary temples.

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Glorious Ramayana Ballet at Prambanan Temple Complex

Category : News: Cultural

Ramayana Ballet Based on an epic Hindu epic story, the story of model king Rama was adapted to become an important local dance, encompassing the Javanese style, culture and music. Ramayana Prambanan Ballet performance has successfully entered the Guinness World Records as "The largest Ramayana dance in the world" that performs by 230 dancers and 30 gamelan players from Roro Jonggrang Foundation. 5Staged at Prambanan Temple since 1961, the Ramayana Prambanan ballet also received an acknowledgement from the Guinness foundation as "The longest ongoing Ramayana dance in the world", the oldest coliseum ballet which is still regularly staged till today. The performance is starting at 7:30 p.m. May-October on or around full moon evenings on the open-air stage in the Prambanan complex. A cast of 230 artists performs with the magnificent temple as its backdrop. November-April on or around full moon evenings on the indoor stage at Trimurti Theater in the Prambanan Temple Complex. A cast of 50 artists puts on a stunning performance. There are two versions of the production of the epic poem. The “episodic story” consists of four parts performed on four consecutive nights. Each episode lasts about 1.5 hours. The “full story” is a compilation of the four episodes and lasts about 2 hours, with a 15-minute refreshments break. Both versions of the dance-drama have been modified for tourists by omitting lengthy Javanese dialog. Refreshments are available on-site. Credit photo: Eka Wahyu.

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Candi Barong, twins temples on the Hill

Category : News: Destinations

candi-barong Located at Candisari Village, Bokoharjo, Prambanan.Open daily 8 am – 5 pm. Overlooking Banyunibo is Candi Barong, a Hindu temple built around the 9 th century AD. There are two separate terraces. The first one is empty but on the second are two temples, both of which are almost identical and have no entrances. Each side of the two buildings has similar decorations. The temple's roof is of three ornamented tiers resembling those on Candi Ijo. Interesting is that the main room of the building is at the back, not in the center like other temples. It is called Barong because of the barong head ornament on the complex gate. About 50 m north of Barong lies the Dawangsari site. Although nothing remains but a few scattered stones, it is thought that Dawangsari was a Buddhist temple, whereas Barong was Hindu. [codepeople-post-map]

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Ratu Boko Palace

Ratu Boko Palace is a huge complex built on 16 hectares as the residence of King Boko of the first Mataram dynasty. Local legend says that Ratu Boko liked to eat human flesh.

Primarily in ruins, visitors must use their imaginations to fill in historical and structural gaps. Gold plates inscribed with Buddhist mantras have been found here dating to 792 A.D, along with stupas and Bodhisattva statues, indicating that at one time it might have also been a monastery. However, Hindu remains such as lingga and Ganesha statues have also been discovered.

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From the restored main entrance to the right is the Palace’s audience hall that has been restored. On the left of the hall is a Keputren Pool (“Princess’ Bath”) that was used as a bathing pool for women. Fragments of sculptures and bas-reliefs can be found around the pools: elephants, birds and snakes. Other partial structures are a crematory temple, now only a tall platform bordered by steps and surrounded by parapets; a pendopo (meeting hall) surrounded by a high rock fence with three entrance gates and water spouts outside the fence; a miniature Hindu temple with three small gates representing Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu; and the alun-alun, the town square. To the south of the complex are two caves, probably used for meditation.

[codepeople-post-map] Direction Jl. Raya Piyungan, 3 km south of Prambanan Temple at Dawung and Sambirejo villages, Piyungan, or 19 km east of Jogjakarta. Open daily 7 am – 6 pm. The panoramic views surrounding the complex are breathtaking. On a clear morning, Mount Merapi and Prambanan and Kalasan temples are visible to the north, while to the south, the Indian Ocean is discernible in the distance. This palace is also the best place for witnessing sunset. Ratu_Boko_(2)_medium