I do not remember now where our fixation with ancient temples came from, or when it all began. But after seeing the intricate Angkor Wat in Seam Reap, and the hundreds of littered ancient temples in the plains of Bagan in Myanmar, and the carved stone temples of Ellora Caves in India - we knew we had to go to Yogyakarta and see another (actually three) UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Candi Prambanan or Candi Rara Jonggrang (candi is the Indonesian term for temple), is the first of the ancient temples we visited in Yogyakarta in Central Java. We only had three full days in Yogja (that’s what the locals call their city) – and so from the airport, we went right ahead and toured the city (even before checking in our hotel!). Prambanan Temple was our last stop on our first day – and we were lucky. There were only a few people in the temple grounds when we got there at around 4:30 pm – so we had the luxury of enjoying the beauty (and the spectacle) of the place.
Beautiful. Just one word to decribe this 9th century Hindu temple in Central Java, the largest in Indonesia. It is characterized by its tall and pointed architecture, typical of Hindu temple architecture with a towering 47-metre-high central structure inside a large complex of individual temples.
We were doubly lucky because we were there in time for the magnificent sunset – the silhouette of the temples framed by the glorious rays of the setting sun. We were expecting some ancient ritual to start anytime soon … But it was just us and the beautiful temple.
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