The Prambanan temple is a masterpiece of Hindu architecture and is one of the most beautiful temples in Southeast Asia. The wealth of sculptural detail on the great Shiva temple makes it an outstanding example of Hindu art. The complex of the central temple originally consisted of not less than 232 temples.
There are three main temples rising above the center of a concentric squares, each temple is decorated with reliefs illustrating the epic of the Ramayana, and is dedicated to one of the three great Hindu divinities, Shiva the destroyer, Vishnu the preserver and Brahma the creator.
Attractions near Prambanan
The main site of Prambanan temple is inside a large, landscaped park. The complex is open daily from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Tour guides can be hired at the ticket office for Rp. 50,000 and as this is a complex monument, a guide is a very good idea.
The Prambanan museum is located at the temple's site, North of Candi Lara Jonggrang. The museum is laid out in a series of small houses that are connected by walkways. Explanations are minimal, but entry is free.
An open-air theatre inside the park has ballet performances of the great Hindu epic Ramayana on four nights during the full moon between May and October. This performance, set against the lit back drop of Prambanan, is quite spell-binding. Ask at local tour operators or at your hotel for tickets and times.
Travel to Prambanan
You can travel to the Prambanan temple site via the road from Yogyakarta to Solo, about 17km from Yogyakarta. Travelers reach Prambanan by bus from Yogyakarta in 30 minutes (Rp. 7,000) and from Solo in 1.5 hours. As Pramanan is usually visited via Yogyakarta, many tour operators in Yogyakarta offer one day trips to Prambanan.