The Hindu Realms of the Prambanan
The Hindu Realms
of the Prambanan
With all aspects of Hinduism captured within its borders, the Prambanan’s intriguing carvings
and stories make it an Indonesian landmark in its own right. A short drive outside
greater Yogyakarta, a must-visit to understanding Indonesia’s history.
WHY THIS TOUR?
Distinctive, embracing the flow of Hinduism that continues to weave through the lives of Indonesia, and often seen as standing in the shadow of the Buddhism-inspired Borobudur. Located outside the cultural hub of Java, Yogyakarta, the multiple towers of the Prambanan are seen from afar when taking a tour away from the bustling scenes of the city.
Also known as the Temple of the Slender Virgin consist of 3 major temples, dedicated to the respected Hindu’s God Tri Murti trinity such as Candi Shiva Mahadeva, Candi Brahma & Candi Vishnu. The importance and elements that make the Prambanan a stand-alone sight in its own right are captures smoothly in this half-day tour.
07:30 - 13:30
The morning starts with meeting your English-speaking guide at the lobby of your downtown Yogyakarta hotel. Together with a dedicated driver, the journey from Yogya to the realms of the Prambanan, an 8th-century Hindu temple complex which also is known locally as the complex of Lorojongrang, will take approximately 45 minutes in an eastern direction.
The 20-kilometre long drive delivers ample views on local life, significant to Java. Heralded as the world’s largest Hindu temple, and now under the protection of UNESCO since 1991, the whole Prambanan is said to include over 200 separate temples structures of which many still remain visible. After its rediscovery, the temple remains an important place for Hindu festivals and events for the Indonesian population.
Upon arrival, follow your guide to admire the exquisite carvings that have withstood the test of time. Large parts of these stone carvings tell the story of the Ramayana, a story filled with symbolism. Throughout the exploration of these sacred grounds with over 240 recorded temples and buildings (the highest point is 47 metres above ground level), the guide will go in-depth about the connection between the Prambanan and its surrounding temples, both with a Hindu and Buddhist origin. There will be enough time to stroll around and admire the beautiful carvings and the neighbouring shrines such as the Candi Palosan and the Candi Sewu.
After the last snapshots, it is time to head back to your air-conditioned vehicle and for a leisurely drive back to Yogyakarta. Depending on traffic conditions, you will arrive at your booked accommodation just after midday.