Borobudur & Prambanan Temples, Central Java : Travel Ideas

Borobudur Temple

Located near Magelang in Central Java, Borobudur is a huge monument built in the 8th and 9th century as a Buddhist temple during the Sailendra Dynasty. The huge architectural base was designed in a mandala form, with reference to teachings of Buddhism.  

Mandala structure of Borobudur Candi

It was a mystery as the temple was abandoned until it was discovered by the Dutch in the early 19th century.

The monument can be accessed via a main staircase going upwards. Built in pyramid style, the stupas and bells accompany along the monuments.

Structure of the candi
Carvings on the blocks

Prambanan Temple

Nearby to Borobudur Temple, another temple is in existence within the same period. Prambanan Temple stands tall on its own, built as a Hindu temple with 3 main complex.

Road leading to Prambanan Candi
Running around Prambanan Temple

Similar to Borobudur, the temple was also abandoned and found slightly earlier than Borobudur in the 18th century.

The Ramayana dance is performed in the evening at the temple court, hence spending the afternoon exploring the complexes is a good introduction.

Views from afar…

The abandonment of both temples is shrouded in mystery. The eruption of the nearby Mount Merapi could be a reason, the fall of the dynasties could be another reason. The mystery gives us a reason to imagine the possibilities then…  


Hiring a private car will be the best way to go around.

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