Prambanan Temple

Attraction Prambanan, Yogyakarta, Indonesia Published on: 21-03-2016

2 hours
06:00 AM - 05:00 PM
08:00 AM
10:00 AM
First-time visit
Must see
Temple & Monument
18.00 USD

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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Prambanan is a collection of massive Hindu temples (candi) built by the Mataram Kingdom, rulers of central Java and defeaters of the Sailendra Dynasty.

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Why Prambanan Temple is special ?

Prambanan is the largest Hindu temple site in Indonesia, and one of the biggest in Southeast Asia. It is characterized by its tall and pointed architecture, typical of Hindu temple architecture, and by the towering 47-metre-high (154 ft) central building inside a large complex of individual temples. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, in almost any other country a magnificent ancient monument on the scale of Prambanan would quickly be designated a national symbol. In Indonesia though it is somewhat overshadowed by the even more awe-inspiring nature of nearby Borobudur. The two sites are quite different in style with Hindu Prambanan being a collection of sharp, jaggedly sculpted towers in contrast to the vast horizontal bulk of Buddhist Borobudur.


What to explore at Prambanan Temple?

Prambanan temple has three main temples in the primary yard, namely Vishnu, Brahma, and Shiva temples. Those three temples are symbols of Trimurti in Hindu belief. All of them face to the east. Each main temple has accompanying temple facing to the west, namely Nandini for Shiva, Angsa for Brahma, and Garuda for Vishnu.

Entering Shiva temple, the highest temple and is located in the middle, you will find four rooms. One main room contains Shiva statue, while the other three rooms contain the statues of Durga (Shiva's wife), Agastya (Shiva's teacher), and Ganesha (Shiva's son). Durga statue is said to be the statue of Roro Jonggrang in the above legend. In Vishnu temple, to the north of Shiva temple, you will find only one room with Vishnu statue in it. In Brahma temple, to the south of Shiva temple, you find only room as well with Brahma statue in it. Prambanan attracts many visitors from across the world every year.


How to get to Prambanan Temple?

From Yogyakarta, you can rent a car to go to Klaten. From there, you can walk to the temple. You can also visit on your own via public bus 1A, which you can catch along Malioboro Street. It will take 30 to 60 minutes depending on traffic.

If have been busy and are really tired of walking, you can always call for a becak. With the cost of about Rp10,000 the Becak driver will bring you right up to the entrance gate of the Temple, not far from the ticket box.


Selling points

  • Key attraction in the Area
  • Nice and impressive view
  • Nice Place to Learn Local History
  • Beautiful Hindu temples and wonderful excursion
  • Amazing reconstruction, good place for susnet
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Tips for you

  • There is no public bus and taxi service when the performance ends (around 9:30 pm). You should be sure to purchase advance ticket for the van service to return to your hotel when you buy your ballet ticket.
    What need to do
  • It's recommended to hire a local guide within the temple and the cost is IDR 75,000, about USd 6.00.
    Things to do
  • There's a ballet performance at 17:30 in Prambanan, you can purchase the ballet ticket at the theater before the performance.
    What to see
  • There's no shade nearby the temple, you should travel with your hat.
    What to bring
  • There are many young curious Indonesian teens who are eager to practice their English and take photos with you if you are a Westerner. There's nothing bad here but they can disturb your trip at the temple.
  • The Prambanan is located within the compound, there's also another (smaller) temple which is worth seeing as well and is usually less crowded.
    Things nearby
  • The ticket price for local adult is IDR 30000, local children is IDR 12500 and for international is USd 18.
    Ticket and Pricing


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hindu's ancient temple,...worth to be visited

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Prambanan is a 9th century Hindu temple compound in Central Java, dedicated to the Trimurti, the expression of God as the Creator (Brahma), the Sustainer (Vishnu) and the Destroyer (Shiva).

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Candi Prambanan merupakan candi Hindu terbesar di Asia Tenggara.Candi yang dibangun abad ke-9 ini,dinobatkan sebagai situs warisan dunia tahun 1991 oleh UNESCO..

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The temple compound, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the largest Hindu temple site in Indonesia, and one of the biggest in Southeast Asia. It is characterized by its tall and pointed architecture.

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Go early to capture great pictures! And slab on sunblock!

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Prambanan is the masterpiece of Hindu culture of the tenth century. The slim building soaring up to 47 meters makes its beautiful architecture incomparable.

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The visit of Prambanam was a real pleasure. We have done it with a guide and learnt so much more. We spent arround 1.5 hours going arround the different parts of it. Entrance fee is very high (170.000 IDR),

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This is beautiful temple. Its terracotta architecture is telling so many stories of ancient Indian time. Carefully check those pictures. It is worth observing. Don't forget to take an umbrella or rent one if you go on a sunny day. There is a package to see another temple Ratu Boko with this. They provide the arrangement of car to go there. If you have time, take that chance. At evening, Prambanan has traditional dance show to depict ancient Mahabharat story. If you are interested in Indian culture, enjoy that show.

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Prambanan is the masterpiece of Hindu culture of the tenth century. The slim building soaring up to 47 meters makes its beautiful architecture incomparable.

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The show start from 7.30pm. Please come earlier and you will get beautiful scene, when the moon rises from east among the temples. I guess the best performance was the second part, when Anoman burned.

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